Wine and Wind

A staple of the Silver Spring community will soon celebrate its tenth anniversary. Adega Wine Cellars & Café opened its doors in August 2003, and has been satisfying customers’ cravings for tasty food and spectacularly curated wines and beers ever since. In honor of this exciting milestone, we spoke with manager Jarrod Jabre.

Immediately upon entering the café, I could tell that this was different than any other place I have been. The atmosphere is open and spacious, yet quaint. Their extensive selection of wine and beer is displayed throughout the dining area, resulting in a very cool, laid-back vibe. The chalk-written menu indicates fresh food made with care, and many of the wines represent local Maryland vineyards.

Jarrod is the face of the company. With the support of owner Walter Rhee, he is a driving force behind much of Adega’s efforts. Not only did he spearhead the process of converting both his home and Adega to Clean Currents wind energy, but he also oversaw the café’s switch to entirely biodegradable to-go materials.

When asked about the decision to pursue such sustainable efforts, Jarrod is blunt: “It’s a no-brainer; why wouldn’t you?” adding that the benefits of clean energy relative to brown energy are clear.

Just as important as clean power is community; Jarrod could not emphasize the value of human connections enough. Such interactions play a key role for Adega. Loyal customers come back as daily regulars, and the success of the restaurant can be largely attributed to word-of-mouth. It is this degree of individuality and community involvement that, according to Jarrod, that makes Adega unique. Such a treasure of the Silver Spring community should be greatly valued. Be sure to stop by and help celebrate 10 years of Adega!