Port wine, or Vinho do Porto, is a fortified wine varietal made in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. Often served as a dessert wine, Port is usually red, sweet and has a higher alcohol content. Today, Port is produced all over the world and in different varieties including white and dry versions. Only Port produced in Portugal can be labeled as such in Europe. But you don’t have to visit Portugal to drink Port. These Washington restaurants and bars have a selection of Ports from around the world available by the glass or bottle.
1600 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 894-3440

Wine is an integral part of dining at Robert Wiedmaier’s BRABO, with Port taking center stage. BRABO currently has three by the glass Ports on the menu: the Smith Woodhouse 10-year Tawny, Warres 20-year Tawny and a Conceitto 2007. Sommelier Philip Lucas also runs a Saturday special where a rare or unique bottle of vintage Port is set to decant in the morning, a must for older Port to release their full potential. The featured Port is available through the evening at around $25 per glass, depending on the bottle.

Chez Billy
3815 Georgia Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 506-2080

Long before it was Chez Billy, this restaurant site served as one of the few places African Americans could go in DC for an upscale dining experience. Billy Simpson’s House of Seafood and Steaks was open until 1976 and the new owners decided to honor him by naming their restaurant “Chez Billy.” This modern Bistro serves up French cuisine coupled with craft cocktails and a considerable wine list. In the dessert wine section is where you’ll find the Ports, including varietals by one of Portugal’s largest winemakers, Taylor Fladgate.

1603 Commonwealth Ave. 
Alexandria, VA 22301    
(703) 548-5792 

This Alexandria restaurant bills itself as an American Trattoria, serving up a menu of Italian specialties including fettuccine carbonara, veal marsala and linguine Aop. The family-run restaurant also has a thing for wine and dessert, with a generous selection of ports by the glass. Indulge in a list that includes several Taylor Fladgate vintages priced from just  $5 to $12. 

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Melrose Georgetown Hotel
2430 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 955-6400

Named for the French word for garden, Jardenea is known for its commitment to a menu of organic and locally sourced cuisine. But you don’t have to go just for the food, this venue is also an advocate for artisan cocktails and wine. Jardenea’s Lounge has a list of Ports that includes three Taylor Fladgate vintages and an American Syrah Port from Washington’s Columbia Valley by Barnard Griffin.

Bistro Lepic & Wine Bar
1736 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-0111

When Bistro Lepic opened in 1995, it quickly became a hit and began to outgrow the space. In 2002, Lepic added the Wine Bar on the second floor, creating a new venue where guests could enjoy and explore wine. On Tuesdays, it hosts wine tastings while live jazz takes center stage on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Lepic’s Porto list includes an oak aged white Rozes,Warres LBV and two Ramos Pinto vintages, all under $12 a glass. Stop in for happy hour Wednesday through Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for half off wines by the glass.

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