In addition to running five D.C. area restaurants, Chef Geoff Tracy is also offering his own branded wine. "We have had our own label for last 4-5 vintages (maybe more)," Tracy told Eater in an email. So far, Chef Geoff restaurants have been offering branded wines from Spain, a "zippy" Verdejo and a "friendly" Tempranillo. A sparkling Cava is also on offer.
But for Chef Geoff's newest labels, Tracy is planning to bring in wine from Bulgaria. The Eastern European country is becoming a source for what the Washington Post's wine critic calls "delicious inexpensive wines." Tracy is partnering with Bulgariana by G & B Importers, and is good friends with the importer. "This will be labeled Chef Geoff's Daily Chardonnay and Chef Geoff's Daily Cabernet. We are fans of both. Wine Enthusiast gave the Cab #29 on 2014 best buy list," he said.
These wines should be on our list in the spring, and the idea is that these are an approachable, everyday type of pour. Tracy said: "The labels of our current wines and incoming wines were created by a former staff member who does graphic design. I think the "daily" and the calendar graphic make it very approachable to those who want an unpretentious pour. The juice is quite good too."
Chef Geoff's isn't the only local restaurant group doing private labeling. Matchbox has its own wine as well.