From Jamie Hurst.Â Email her at jamiehurst[AT]borderstan.comÂ . Follow her on twitterÂ @highheeldtravlr
The cold is suddenly upon us! Is it just me or has anyone else threatened to never leave their house again? Iâ€™m tempted to stock up on libations and take-out to drink/eat in my Snuggie on the couch.
However, there are some great wine bars in Borderstan to get warmed up with a glass of vino that are totally worth leaving the house for (or just stop by on your way home from the office.)
- Veritas (2031 Florida Avenue NW) is the primary oenophile outpost in Dupont Circle. Itâ€™s not a huge space, but a dark, cozy wine bar (the only wine bar that is just a wine bar, no restaurant part, in DC) with over 70 wines by the glass. I like to start with a specialty flight; one of my favorites to warm up to is the Walkabout, three varietals from Australia.
- If you are in the mood for old school European wine, Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar (1720 14thÂ Street NW) has a well-edited selection. Cork is often considered a place to try something new â€“ a wine youâ€™ve never heard of or a flight of your favorites. So now is the perfect time to go here to try that port youâ€™ve always wondered about.
- With one of the best selections of Spanish wine in DC, we are very happy Estadio calls Borderstan home. The space is covered with wrought iron, aged wood, and colorful tiles, helping you feel cozied up at the bar or at a table with friends. Donâ€™t read Spanish? Overwhelmed with choices? Their staff is well educated and will happily help you pick the perfect bottle and within your price range to boot.
- Vinoteca (1940 11thÂ Street NW) is a regular outpost of many Borderstan residents. Although it is a go-to during warm weather to drink fab wine and play bocce on the plaza, their seasonal menu offers great pairings to warm you up indoors. Their wine list is one of my favorites in DC, with great picks and reasonable prices. I recommend trying a full-bodied Shiraz, like the 2007 Lauterbach Cellars, to make you forget itâ€™s below freezing outside.
- Only a few blocks from Vinoteca, be sure to hit up Dickson (903 U Street NW) on U Street. Exposed brick walls, specials written on chalkboard paint behind the bar, floor to ceiling wine bottles, and candlelight ambiance set the tone for a New York City vibe. The wine list is extensive but not exhaustive and happy hour will get you something delicious for less than $10. Donâ€™t leave here without eating the pork belly bĂˇnh mĂ¬. It has the perfect amount of spice to heat things up.