Bastille Day Free Blind Wine Tasting

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In year 5 of celebrating French independence, we are stepping up with a blind wine tasting. You’ll be able to taste 6 different wines from three regions of France. Whichever attendee has the most correct guesses will win a collection of French wines to enjoy at home. Three wine experts will join the fun with a blindfolded tasting where try to ID our wines. Why are celebrating French independence?

Evy Chen, left, explains her bid to add alcoholic drinks to the lineup at her tea bar on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

Despite Objections, Boozy Tea Bar Bid Gains Approval

The idea of white tea mojitos being served along the Southwest Corridor Park raised eyebrows but ultimately won a thumb's up from a neighborhood advisory board. Tea Bar at EvyTea on Amory Street is seeking a full liquor license. If successful, the tiny tea house would serve drinks like adult hot chocolate and boozy chai. While several community members embraced the idea as innovative and just the thing for JP, others saw a dangerous precedent. Kristen Valachovic, owner of JP restaurant Vee Vee, spoke up for the plan by tea bar owner Evy Chen to add a kick to the tea house's options.

Paul Byrne of The Gate, right, gestures toward Jose de la Rosa (white shirt) during a committee meeting of the JP Neighborhood Council on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

‘The Gate’ Aims for New Year’s Opening in Eggie

A reincarnation of James's Gate could swing open as soon as January, according to Paul Byrne, manager and owner of the proposed pub. "The Gate," as the new venue would be called, would open in the Egleston Square space occupied for the last four years by Coco's Lounge at 3171 Washington St. A neighborhood board voted unanimously to support the project at a hearing Tuesday. Byrne, a fixture in JP restaurant circles, co-owned James's Gate with Christy Page. The two parted ways over the abrupt closure of the McBride Street landmark a year ago in September.