Washington, DC

OK, so it’s 6:59 p.m. and you’ve changed your mind about that South African Syrah you could have picked up on your way home. Your hands were full, as was the Metro. Still, now you want that bottle of wine but you’ve already changed into your jammies for the evening, and your show is about to begin… What to do?

All is not lost: The Lady Pearly to the rescue!

The Lady Pearly is D.C.’s newest — as of October 1 — purveyor of home delivered fine wine. Order between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the wine of your choice will arrive at your door within an hour after pushing the “send” button.

And Kevin A. Brown, the mastermind behind the service, swears to us that 6:59 p.m. is not too late.

“Correct,” he said when we asked for assurance. “The window closes at 7 p.m. daily; anything submitted before that gets sent out for delivery. As the business expands, we plan on making the delivery window much larger.”

Yes, but… what’s behind the name?

It involves a true story of Brown’s “best friend and love of my life, my wife Pearly” and a plot of land in Scotland where Pearly earned the title of nobility, “The Lady.”

“That name stood out as not only fitting, but also unique and remarkable and we decided it would be perfect for the noble world of wine,” Brown said.

So you can stop asking about that and start asking about the carefully curated selection of wine (and a few hand-crafted spirits), ranging from a Château Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux for $498 to a Looking Glass Chardonnay for $5.

Look for the business to expand into a larger selection of wines, FedEx options and monthly private wine tasting events.


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