by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
There's just something classy about drinking wine; it comes from all over the world, is full of complex flavor, and can be the perfect complement to any meal. It's also a great way to get a buzz without raising any eyebrows. You know the lady on your block who's always had a few too many glasses of Pinot? She's not a drunk, she's just a wine lover. Whatever your reason for loving wine, D.C.'s got a good collection of wine bars for vino connoisseurs and novices alike. Here, our picks for the best places to swirl, sniff and swig in the district. And no, you don't have to drink any #%$& merlot. (Photo by Flickr user Siggi Churchill)
Updated: July 09, 2010
Columbia Heights isn't the classiest of destinations--unless you're heading to this cozy wine bar, a relative newcomer to the neighborhood having opened in August 2009. The place is small, but the patio is roomy; take a date on a warm summer night for a bottle and dessert to share.
Opened in March 2010, The Dickson is a three-story eco-friendly shrine to wine. From the reclaimed wooden shelves to the biodynamic wine and organic flatbreads (courtesy of the chef behind Marvin, no less), this spot lets you drink your wine and toast the planet, too.
This U Street wine bar--favored for its bottomless mimosa brunch on Sundays--now features themed wine tasting classes every Tuesday. Classes begin at 7pm and cost $35 per person; learn about California wine, saki or how compare Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from around the world.
The small, candlelight setting of this wine bar in upper Dupont makes it an ideal date spot--it's rare to see anything but twosomes here. The small sidewalk patio is nice on warm nights, but the indoor space is most romantic. Go on a Monday for selected bottles at half price.
A wine bar for foodies, Cork offers upwards of 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles alongside menu items designed for pairing. Tastings and classes are offered both at the bar and at the Cork Market and Tasting Room down the street--check the Web site for dates and details.