Tel’Veh Wine Classes

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César Varela wants you to “drink wine, get a little drunk and learn something,” now this is a wine class I can get behind. César is the Wine Director and Sommelier at Tel’Veh Café & Wine Bar which will start hosting a once monthly wine class starting November 13th 7-9pm for $45.

César’s belief is the same as mine “Wine should be drank and enjoyed.” The 90 minute class will cover the basics of wine from guided taste tests of grape varietals, hands on experience for matching the subtle aromas found in wine, differentiation of old world and new world wines, wine label reading & ordering, cork vs. screw caps and much more.

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Famous Brunch at Tel’veh

Our local wine bar Tel’veh at 401 Mass has a new website ( and a new serious brunch deal. All you can eat and drink from the brunch menu items for $29.99 between 11am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. This pre-fixe brunch is only an option when ordered by all guests at the table/bar.

Anyone try it out yet?

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Tel’veh Signage

Tel’veh Wine Bar & Cafe at 401 Mass has had some visibility challenges since opening in May. The retail space is set back from the corner behind landscaping and architecturally the design of the facade seemingly tries to conceal rather than showcase the retail. Ownership has taken various measures such as window decals, sidewalk chalkboards, and flimsy signage planted into the landscaping to state their presence.

Tel'veh signage on July 29

When the licensing/permitting for the patio space goes through that should make a dramatic difference in visibility for Tel’veh as tables, chairs, and colorful umbrellas should make it more obvious to passersby that a restaurant/bar resides there. I think a colorful awning above the front entrance might make more of an impact that the tiny brown sign they recently installed.

Washingtonpost food critic Tom Sietsema was harsh on Tel’veh but otherwise reception has been positive on Yelp and the blogosphere. I myself have been four times and have enjoyed the atmosphere and service. Hopefully the lack of street level visibility can be overcome. The landlord should realize it is in their best interest for the retail space to be as prominent as possible and should support Tel’veh in this effort.

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More details on TEL’VEH

I attended Tuesday night’s ANC 6C ABL meeting to hear more about the TEL’VEH wine bar coming to 401 Mass. As we mentioned yesterday, the proposed business is affiliated with the ownership of Agora on 17th Street NW in Dupont Circle.

  • Concept is upscale wine bar with by the glass prices of $9 and up
  • Wine list will be similar in quality to Agora wine list but more expansive and strategically selected to pair with menu items.
  • Will have a full bar and an international beer selection. Will host wine and beer tastings.
  • Agora Executive Chef Ghasan Jarrouj will design the menu
  • Tel’veh will focus on sandwiches, salads, cheese and charcuterie as the retail space does not have appropriate level of venting for the grilled meats you’ll find at Agora
  • Tel’veh will be open for breakfast offering items such as muffins, scones, and Simits (turkish bagels)
  • Decor will aim for cozy european feel. Will offer a variety of seating including bar, sofas and tables
  • Tel’veh is not seeking an entertainment endorsement.
  • The lease Tel’veh signed with 401 Mass mandates that the outdoor patio seating close at 11pm. So the 2AM/3AM patio hours on the liquor license application should not be a concern.
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