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D.C. will gain a new wine bar the day after Thanksgiving. Two sommeliers-turned-wine-distributors, Bryan Smith and Omar Hishmeh, will take over Pluma by Bluebird Bakery located near Union Market on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. They’re dubbing the wine bar Pluma Noche and the hours will be 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Pluma Noche’s wine list will feature 15 to 20 wines by the glass, a small selection of bottles, and a few small pours of rare wines that utilize a Coravin device that draws out wine without removing the cork.
“The wine will be constantly changing,” Smith says. “There will be fun stuff people recognize and some new things from around thew world.” Salveto, the company Smith works for, has a large portfolio of Greek wines, and Smith is enthusiastic about sharing them with the neighborhood.
To pair, there will be light snacks such as olives, nuts, charcuterie, and cheese.
Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, from married pastry chefs Tom Wellings and Camila Arango, opened in February 2018.
“We think the neighborhood needs something wine focused,” Wellings says. “There’s been lots of growth but nowhere for a glass of wine and a light bite.” This year has seen the debut of O-Ku, St. Anselm, and Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge. “It’s a good extension of what we wanted to do here originally.”
Wellings continues, “We think a natural wine focus and some other different wines from Greece will be really nice. Bryan has a lot of experience with some different wines people might not be used to.”
Smith previously worked at Bistro Bis, Fiola Mare, and Prequel, while Hishmeh’s resume includes Bistro Bis, Vidalia, and Woodward Table.
Pluma Noche, 391 Morse St. NE; (202) 544-2429