The wine scene in our nation's capital has changed dramatically this month. We've lost a beloved retailer, Mike Tilch, of Silesia Liquors. Bell Wine Shop has changed hands as the Luskin brothers, Bob and Fred, begin a slow exit from the M St NW store they took over from their father in the 1960s. You can read about these changes here on Washingtonian magazine's Best Bites blog.
We've lost one of our favorite sommeliers, too. Michael Flynn, who has run the wine program at Kinkead's American Brasserie and the now closed Colvin Run Tavern, has departed DC for a bigger challenge as wine and beverage director at the newly renovated Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas. I hope he took his Redskins jersey with him.