Wine Giving Made Easy: Red, White and Champagne

by December 10, 2010 at 7:00 am 3,702 9 Comments

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time. Questions or comments for Alejandra? Send her an email.

1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquor

Three from 1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquor.

‘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!

Connecticut Ave Wine & Liquor Deli

One of each from Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli.

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!

Cork & Fork

Our three wines at Cork & Fork.

Cork & Fork

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).

Cork Market

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).

Cork Market

Our choices at Cork Market.

1 West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquor

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).

Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli

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).


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