‘Tis the season for five bajillion holiday parties, New Years parties, office gift exchanges and the always-dreaded holiday cocktail party at The Boss’s house.
What’s a guy or gal to bring? How do you keep on your budget and still impress a crowd? Why, bring or give good booze!
My best buddy, Julian Mayor, is the sommelier at Bourbon Steak, so I asked him to walk around with me to the best Borderstan has to offer in wine stores to choose a red, a white and a champagne/prosecco/sparkling wine that is both a good deal and good quality.
Julian obliged, and we shall all benefit from his expertise!
He milled around choosing bottles while I snapped photos of the labels — because let’s get real, unless you’re a sommelier, those wine names make no sense and are barely pronounceable.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed in these stores – even with the super friendly and helpful staff (which all of them have!), shopping for wine can be intimidating.
So, what are your favorite wine and liquor stores in Borderstan? Any recommendations for stellar bottles that don’t break the bank?
Here are suggestions for a red, a white and a champagne from four different liquor stores in the Dupont-Logan area. Thank you, Julian!
Where: 1522 14th Street NW (corner of 14th and Church Streets).
What to buy: Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec ($19.99), Barrel 27 2008 High on the Hog White ($22.99), Taltarni Brut Tache ($29.99).
If you’re a baller: Pierre Peters Champagne ($59.99).
Where: 1805 14th Street NW (corner of 14th and S Streets).
What to buy: Charvet Moulin A Vent ($17), Kluge Albermarle Rose ($13), Vina Falernia ($10), Adami Prosecco Brut ($18).
If you’re a baller: Didier Dagueneau Silex ($122).
Where: 2012 P Street NW (between 20th and Hopkins Streets).
What to buy: Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz ($13.99), Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner ($15.99), Domaine Carneros by Tattinger Sparkling Wine ($29.99).
Where: 1529 Connecticut Avenue NW (corner of Connecticut and Q Street).
What to buy: Recolte 2006 La Reserve ($13.99), Coopers Creek Marlborough Savignon Blanc ($13.99), Willm Cremant d’Alsace Cuvee Leon IX ($15.99).