Book your next private event at Josephine, a French-inspired everyday brasserie and bar located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Inspired by classic Parisian eateries, Josephine brings the timeless charm and culinary traditions of France to the neighborhood.
Whether it's a cocktail reception in our Champagne Bar & Lounge, an intimate dinner in Le Salon, or a grand event in The Asaph En Haute Room, Josephine combines the cinematic grandeur of a timeless café with the spirit and warmth of a refreshingly unpretentious and altogether delicious neighborhood eatery.
Le Salon is a cozy semi-private space full of charm and historical details. Meaning "The Living Room" in French, Le Salon is the ideal place to entertain colleagues or friends and family alike.
24 guests seated
30 guests standing
THURSDAY & SATURDAY FROM 5 · 11
We'll be hosting French wine classes with NRG Wine Director, Erin Dudley, on Wednesdays from 6-7 at Bar Jo. These are ticketed guided tastings with 6 wines, a paired cheese plate, and the opportunity to purchase all wines tasted. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. See the full dates and info below.
Oak Free France:
Wines Vinified without Oak- 10/25
Oak is one of the key points of polarization in wine preferences. Some wine drinkers love oaky wines, while others abhor the effects of oak on wine. There are many reasons why a winemaker may choice to use or not use oak. French wine laws help to guide winemakers on when oak usage is appropriate or when it is not necessary.
Sparkling Wines: Pet-Nat,
Crémant, Champagne, et al - 11/1
It's no secret that Josephine takes our sparkling wine very seriously. Sparkling wine is as diverse as any category of wine but is often grouped as a single wine style. We are here to show you the diverse range of bubbles. The three key production styles are all represented in France, and we're ready to get into the differences and the best time to drink them (spoiler alert: it's always).
Wines Vinified with Oak - 11/8
Oak is one of the key points of polarization in wine preferences. Some wine drinkers love oaky wines, while others abhor the effects of oak on wine. There are many reasons why a winemaker may choice to use or not use oak. French wine laws help to guide winemakers on when oak usage is appropriate or when it is not necessary. But all oaked wines are not made the same - the age of the oak, size of oak barrels, time spent in oak, toast of the oak, and many other factors impact the flavors of the final wine product. Let's talk about it.
The Best of Beaujolais - 11/15
At Josephine, we love Beaujolais Nouveau! But the story of the Beaujolais wine region goes way beyond the sweet bubblegum wines that take over wineshops every fall. Beaujolais has ten very prestigious Cru-level regions that produce rich and complex wines on extremely mineral-laden soils. Of course, due to the domestic demand of Cru Beaujolais in France, these styles can be tricky to find here in the United States.
So this year, we're not ending our celebration at Beaujolais Nouveau Day. We have decided to pull out our favorite Cru Beaujolais to share with our guests. Our Wine Director will lead an in-depth seated tasting of all 10 Cru Beaujolais wines that may make you look at this wine region in a whole new way.
Deluxe Wine Class
Burgundy: Prestige and History - 11/29
From the Celts to the Romans to the Catholic Church, the millennia long history of viticulture in Burgundy, France is a testament to the unique and prosperous grape growing region. For hundreds of years, Burgundy has been reputed as the producer of the best wines of the world. Kings and Popes have fought for the barrels and bottles produced on the marl soils of the region, and winemakers all around the world have planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to attempt to mimic that distinctive Burgundian style.
Deluxe Wine Class - Bordeaux:
The Start of the Blend Trend - 12/6
For those of us who love bold, rich red wines that can age for decades, Bordeaux is the center of the wine world. Homeland to some of the most popular red grapes in the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec, Bordeaux has been at the front of the red wine scene for centuries!
Deluxe Reserve - The Best of France:
From Grand Crus to First Growths - 12/13
You requested it, so we're finally doing it. That's right, at this wine class we will be breaking into some of our finest wines at Josephine including First Growth Bordeaux's and Grand Cru Burgundies! If you take a look at our wine list at Josephine, you'll notice some wines that we would call collector items. These are wines that are sold at auctions for hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. It's not every day we get to open these wines, but it's the holiday season, and we are ready to share some of this prestige!
Deluxe Wine Class - Champagne:
Unbeatable Sparkling Wines - 12/20
"I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not." – Coco Chanel
"In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat, you need it." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I'm tired." –Brigitte Bardot
"Only the unimaginative can fail to find a reason for drinking Champagne." –Oscar Wilde
"My only regret in life is that I didn't drink enough Champagne." –John Maynard Keynes
“Wine gives one ideas, whereas Champagne gives one strategies." - Roman Payne
"A single glass of Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is stirred; the wits become more nimble." - Winston Churchill
Need we say more?