Best Wine Stores In Washington DC

September 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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DC Wine Week usually takes place around the third week of October. Yet, one does not need to wait until then to uncork a bottle of wine in the Washington, DC area. Fifty-two weeks out of the year, anyone who has a thirst for a drink from the vine can visit several wine stores in the nation’s capitol. Some of these stores have weekly wine tastings. Visit one of these wine stores for a truly great bottle.

Calvert Woodley
4339 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 966-4400

What makes Calvert Woodley stand out from the other wine stores? That would be its imported selection of cheese from 20 different countries. Cheese and wine has always been and always will be a good pairing. Calvert Woodley capitalizes on these two specialties. Open since 1982, this store understands the history of wines, its consumers and the progressive innovation of the wine industry. Calvert Woodley also has an online store and a catalog for “limited” wines.

Weygandt Wines
3519 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 362-9463

Weygandt Wines has been in Washington, DC since 1987. For decades, it has been a store for Washingtonians to learn about different wines from around the world. Weygandt’s Wine Club allows members to try different wines at discounted prices from top artisanal wines from Europe, well-known regional wines and emerging producers. Plus, you get two wines delivered to your home monthly based on your membership level. To learn about the different levels – click here. Or you can shop from home on the online store – click here. Weygandt occasionally sponsors wine travel events in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.

Schneider’s of Capitol Hill
300 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-9300

Schneider’s of Capitol Hill was established over 60 years ago. The store has a large highly trained staff to assist with the wine selections.  Schneider’s customer service and commitment is what keeps bringing patrons back. The store has an online store with its entire stock available for selection. Another perk from this store is the email newsletter to highlight special deals and pairing dinners. Also, every Wednesday, wine tasting of certain selections occur from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Cordial Fine Wine
1309 5th St. N.E., Suite 2
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 548-2450

Cordial Fine Wine has an array of wines from around the world and small, local producers in the area. It focuses on showcasing the libations of artisan in the local region. Cordial believes you should have an opportunity to taste before you buy. It has three tastings session per week for free – Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Another feature is its email newsletter on upcoming events at the store – You’re Cordially Invited… Each Wednesday, information is sent out on which wines will be feature for the tastings, special holiday and seasonal events, winemaker parties, plus food and wine pairing ideas.

Bacchus Wine Cellar
1635 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-2003

Bacchus Wine Cellar is nestled in Georgetown area. With over 7,000 bottles from various regions of wine countries, Bacchus believes it has something for any budget and every palate. It carries artisanal and local producer wines in the store. The collection also includes hard-to-find, rare boutiques. Wine tasting and wine fundamentals occur on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The store is also available for private events. It even has a private room for intimate events.

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