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Checking Out Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits by Kristi Green

Kristi Green is the author of the blog DC Wineaux. She further indulges her love of wine in her work at a wine bar on U St NW.

Cleveland Park Wine & Spirits 3423 Conn Ave NW

In the realm of cool DC neighborhoods, Cleveland Park is fast becoming my favorite–and as a loyal U Street lover, that’s saying something. Cleveland Park is chock full of great restaurants (Dino, Ardeo+Bardeo, Palena…), great shopping (Carbon is incredible), and as I’ve recently discovered–this neighborhood is home to one of our city’s best wine selections at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits.

The shop, which has been open for two decades, is big, bright, and wonderfully open. I love cute little tiny wine shops, but the wide open aisles and high oak shelves of Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits are a breath of fresh air. With all that space, the wine lovers are free to step back and ogle the incredible selection of wines from all over the world.

While this shop does have a great deal of labels you’ll likely recognize, they also have a great deal of unique wines. Within moments of entering the Bordeaux section of their wine shop, Tony Quinn approached me–we began talking about the Zweigelt I’d chosen already and he informed me that they have wines from Austria, Georgia, Urgugay, and Colorado (who knew they were making wine in Colorado?!)–and everywhere else, for that matter.

After exploring a bit, Tony allowed me to taste two Rhone blends though I ended up coming home with a 2005 Saint Emilion, a Cremant de Loire Rose, and a Zweigelt. The price range is comfortable to say the least–I took home three bottles for under $60 (before the bag tax–that’s what I get for leaving my green bags at home).

This upcoming weekend, like most weekends, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits will host two free tasting events. On Friday, March 18th from 5-8pm the shop will hold a tasting of the entire XYZin portfolio. On Saturday, March 19th, Regis from Roanoake Vineyards will be in the shop tasting Virginia wines!

Recommendation after the jump.

A selection of wines purchased at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits (from left to right): Anton Bauer Zweigelt (Wagram, Austria–tasting notes above), Domaine de la Bergerie Cremant de Loire Rose (Loire Valley, France), Maison Blanche Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, France).


Anton Bauer/Wagram, Austria/Zweigelt/2007


fruit forward reds


a post-dog-park at home happy hour! for food: poultry, mild cheese, lean charcuterie


light to medium body with substantial tannin. on the nose: ripe cherry, oak. on the palette: bright red fruits, grippy tannin, and a long finish of smooth cassis.

The shop is located at 3423 Connecticut Avenue NW; they are open M-Th10am-9pm; F-S 10am-9:30pm; Closed Sunday.

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