Wine shops are nothing new in Bethesda, but the owners of Vino Volo, a combination shop, restaurant, and tasting room, said they plan to distinguish themselves from the others when they open their first store outside an airport in Bethesda Row this Friday.
The San Francisco-based company's airport terminal locations can be found at such airports as BWI and Dulles. They have plans to open a second shop in Tyson's Corner this spring. The move was made because the stand-alone locations allow Vino Volo to sell more brands, CEO Doug Tomlinson told Eater. More than 150 wines will be offered at the Bethesda location, either by the bottle or glass. "There's no need for a boarding pass here," Tomlinson said. "People have been asking for years if we are going to open outside of airports, and we are finally doing it here."
Vino Volo, which means "wine flight" in Italian, offers wine flights that customers can taste side-by-side. The drink menu pairs bottles by the glass and groups them in four categories: bright, rich, light and brooding. At a soft opening event Thursday night, some of the upcoming menu items were showcased, including smoked salmon rolls, avocado lettuce wraps, and broccoli and mushroom pastries. Wines range from $6 by the glass to $21 for sommelier tastes.
— Tim Ebner
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