DC Wineaux by Kristi Green

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Kristi Green grew up in Frederick, Maryland and loves above all else art, writing, and wine (and her dog, Ginger). She works at a Wine bar on U St and is the author of the blog DC Wineaux.


Much to the delight of DC’s wine drinking crowd, every week it seems there is a new wine shop or wine bar popping up around our neighborhoods. The good news is that there’s lots to choose from, the bad news is that it can be a bit difficult to navigate.

In hopes of saving some wine drinkers a bit of Yelp and Open Table scouring, I’ve scouted out some of our city’s extra-fabulous weekly wine experiences.

MONDAY: The Heights (Columbia Heights/3115 14th St NW)

This neighborhood gem hosts a happy hour from four to seven in the evening (and again from eleven to midnight!) with specials for winos and foodies alike! For a truly delicious pairing try the steamed mussels in homemade creamy garlic sauce with NO Wines/North Coast, California/Sauvignon Blanc.

TUESDAY: Veritas Wine Bar (Dupont Circle/2031 Florida Ave NW)

Happy hour begins at five and ends at eight in this traditionally styled wine bar–all wines by the glass are discounted twenty percent. To experience a bit of Spain in DC try lomo (Spanish cured pork) with ibores cheese (made from goat’s milk in Spain, rubbed in olive oil and paprika) with a glass of Bodegas Los 800/Priorat, Spain/Garnacha/Carignena/Cab Sauv/Syrah–Want to sound like a pro? Ask for a glass of, “The Priorato.”

WEDNESDAY: Cork Wine Bar (Logan Circle/1720 14th St NW)

Each week, Tuesday and Wednesday night, Cork wine bar host’s “off the list.” During this weekly event, they pour wines from their private cellar that are not typically on their wine list at special by-the-glass prices. Take this opportunity to taste some high quality unique wines.

THURSDAY: Dino (Cleveland Park/3435 Connecticut Avenue NW)

Here, each thursday, thirty-nine dollars gets each patron a three course tasting menu–the gem of this deal? An expertly coordinated dessert wine pairing with your last course! I recommend the Vin Santo 99, a wildly delicious Tuscan dessert wine.

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FRIDAY: Cork Market/Tasting Room (Logan Circle/1805 14th St NW)

The folks at Cork ensnare DC wine-drinkers once more by hosting complimentary tastings from six to eight on Friday evenings and from three to six on Saturday afternoons. During this event winemakers and distributers guest star to pour the wines they craft and work with every day–they are there to educate the drinker on the process from berry to bottle.

SATURDAY: Le Chat Noir (Friendship Heights/4901 Wisconsin Ave NW)

This adorable French bistro offers half priced wine by the glass from five to ten in the evening every Saturday. Try a charcuterie plate with some camembert cheese and a glass of Bergerie L’Hortus/Languedoc, France/Grenache/Syrah/Mouvedre for a pairing that’s absolument parfait!

SUNDAY: Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro (U St/Shaw/1940 11th St NW)

From eight to eleven take a mini-vacation to Spain by visiting Vinoteca’s flamenco night. During the show, all wines from Spain, South America, and Portugal are half off. Try the muscovy duck breast (served sinfully rare) with AN2/Balearic Islands, Spain/Callet/Montenegre-Fogoneu/Syrah.

8 Comment

  • Thank you Christi, this isa great round-up.

    • thanks so much! comment again or shoot me an e-mail ([email protected]) if you go to any of these and let me know what you think! (and what you ate, of course!)

  • What about room 11

    • i actually like room 11 a lot! i’ve never been there for dinner (only drinks) and i’m not sure if they have any weekly wine specials or events–just didn’t want to report on anything i don’t know all about!

  • i’d argue that the best place to drink wine in the city is at the sculpture garden on fridays, preferably after stopping by Cork, Ansonia or Pearson’s for supplies

  • Am I the only one who refers to “Le Chat Noir” as “The Shatner” (Capt. Kirk and all that)?
    Thanks for the list. Dino is also good about the no-corkage fee thing on certain nights, and with Calvert Woodley just down CT Ave it can make for a great 1-2 combo.

  • Great list, Kristi. I have added your blog to my list of favorites!

  • I think you have misstated the happy hour at Veritas. All BOTTLES of any wine that they pour by the glass are 20% off – not the glasses themselves. So go thirsty if you want to take advantage of happy hour pricing (or just bring friends).

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