While the COVID-19 crisis has caused dining-room closures around the world, many restaurants are finding creative ways to continue serving their communities. Our latest Restaurant Spotlights highlight these efforts at Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.
Virginia began its reopening process on May 15, following its shutdown in response to the coronavirus crisis. Restaurants are now permitted to serve guests in outdoor spaces, including Press 626 Wine Bar, which opened a dining area outside its historic building in Norfolk, Va. But for those who aren’t quite ready to venture out yet, Press 626 is still offering local delivery and curbside pickup. And this includes 18 selections from their 495-label wine list, which has held Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence since 2017. Each week, chef Roderick Lawson is putting together a new menu that shows Press 626’s commitment to using local produce and seasonal ingredients. Dishes have included their Cuban sandwich, fried goat cheese and roasted beet salad, and a weekend brunch option for fans of omelets, bacon and pancakes. With selections from a 2,400-bottle inventory, wine director Allison Ehlers’ focused wine list emphasizes labels from California, France, Italy, Spain and farther abroad. This includes a range of whites, with German and Portuguese options, as well as several Pinot Noirs and Syrahs. Make-your-own mimosa and bloody mary packages are also available.