Several weeks ago I met my friend at a local wine bar called Parallel. I had seen this place many times but have never gone in! We met after she got off work for a drink and some appetizers. After battling a huge downpour, we made it safely inside. It was dark and small inside–very cozy feeling. They have outdoor seating as well, but since it had been raining so hard they were out of the question.

The waitress quickly brought over menus and their wine and beer list. I noticed the wall across from me was full of these wine machines. I had never seen anything like it before! My friend explained to me that you can purchase a wine card and you can try any of their 32 different wines in a 1oz, 3oz, or 5oz glass. I thought it seemed like a pretty neat idea and a great way to try different wines, maybe next time i will!

We decided to order two tasty sharing plates: a hummus and olive platter, and a shrimp flatbread with tomatoes and cheese and lots of other scrumptious toppings. We also ordered a trio of red and white wines to sample. They were all really good!

Many nights a week Parallel also has live music. You can check out their website here. Although it is a little pricey, Parallel offers an extensive selection of wine, beer, and tasty treats that are worth trying. I plan on coming back next week with a few friends and recommend people in the Ashburn area go and give Parallel a try!

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Erin founded the Wonderlost Travel blog in February of 2015 after her experience of studying abroad in Europe. Erin has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and parts of South America and Asia. She enjoys writing about and photographing her travel experiences in order to inspire others to get out and follow their travel dreams. She has collaborated with tourism departments, restaurants, and other travel bloggers to share reviews and travel advice with readers in over 100 countries. Erin has a passion for traveling the world to experience other cultures and explore nature!

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