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10 Restaurants with Terrific Champagne Lists

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To have a large and varied wine list with both inexpensive and pricey bottles requires a large investment and a lot of storage space. So it's only natural that fine wines and fine food go hand in hand. But there are a few places around town where you can get a kick from Champagne that might surprise you.
—Jamie Liu

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Adour pours the most diverse selection of Champagnes and sparkers. Try one of the 50 Champagnes by the bottle including an Alain Ducasse house Champagne as well as grower, vintage, cuvée prestige, and rosés. You can travel the globe with sparkling wines from other regions in France, Spain, Slovenia, US, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, and Argentina.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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Bourbon Steak is stuffed to the gills with rare or high end liquors and wines. Pick the best accompaniment to your prime steak from over 70 Champagnes, from vintage, prestige, and small grower options.

J&G Steakhouse

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Any restaurant with a French chef worth its salt should have a fair selection of Champagne. Jeans-Georges Vongerichten's steak house has nine non-vintage, six vintage, and one rosé Champagne. On top of this are eight sparkling wines from around the world, including one from Albuquerque.

Marcel's

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Even though fans of Belgian beers will recommend the champagne-like gueuze to go with the cuisine, you'd be hard pressed not to order from the biggest selection of Champagnes in town. Try one of the 74 Champagnes or 17 sparkling wines by the bottle or go smaller with two Champagnes or a prosecco by the glass.

Napoleon Bistro Lounge

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For those who care more about consuming sparkling wines and Champagne, the Metropolitain Champagne Bar in Napoleon Bistro. Along with a selection of Champagne, you can get a variety of sparkling cocktails like the French 75, Death in the Afternoon (called the Green Fairy on the menu), bellini, and other fanciful concoctions.

A great way to start, end or accompany a meal at wine-centric Proof is Champagne. Select one from the 42 Champagnes and 11 rosé options that make up the extensive wine list. (Updated)

Restaurant Eve

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Restaurant Eve is a special occasion restaurant with a wine list to match. It includes three half-bottles of Champagne, as well as 20 full bottles, and five sparkling wines from South Africa, Oregon, and Virginia.

Despite its relatively small size, Ripple has more Champagnes than you would expect -- 18 Champagnes and four sparkling wines by the bottle. For those who want something fizzy that doesn't come from grapes, there are ciders and perrys by the bottle as well.

Tallula

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On the lower end of the restaurant price scale is Tallula. There you'll be able to enjoy 11 Champagnes, three cavas, three proseccos, and eight sparkling wines from the US and Australia. One Champagne, and four sparkling wines are available by the half and full glass.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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CityZen pours over 50 Champagnes, specially selected by sommelier Andy Myers. Choices are split into small grower, club (grower-producer), oaked, négociant (large Champagne houses), and rosés. Take note of the disgorgement dates -- the date when the yeasts are "disgorged" or removed from the bottles of Champagne. This date on the small grower and club Champagnes help drinkers identify "vintages" for non-vintage wines.

Adour

Adour pours the most diverse selection of Champagnes and sparkers. Try one of the 50 Champagnes by the bottle including an Alain Ducasse house Champagne as well as grower, vintage, cuvée prestige, and rosés. You can travel the globe with sparkling wines from other regions in France, Spain, Slovenia, US, Italy, Greece, Germany, Austria, and Argentina.

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

Bourbon Steak is stuffed to the gills with rare or high end liquors and wines. Pick the best accompaniment to your prime steak from over 70 Champagnes, from vintage, prestige, and small grower options.

J&G Steakhouse

Any restaurant with a French chef worth its salt should have a fair selection of Champagne. Jeans-Georges Vongerichten's steak house has nine non-vintage, six vintage, and one rosé Champagne. On top of this are eight sparkling wines from around the world, including one from Albuquerque.

Marcel's

Even though fans of Belgian beers will recommend the champagne-like gueuze to go with the cuisine, you'd be hard pressed not to order from the biggest selection of Champagnes in town. Try one of the 74 Champagnes or 17 sparkling wines by the bottle or go smaller with two Champagnes or a prosecco by the glass.

Napoleon Bistro Lounge

For those who care more about consuming sparkling wines and Champagne, the Metropolitain Champagne Bar in Napoleon Bistro. Along with a selection of Champagne, you can get a variety of sparkling cocktails like the French 75, Death in the Afternoon (called the Green Fairy on the menu), bellini, and other fanciful concoctions.

Proof

A great way to start, end or accompany a meal at wine-centric Proof is Champagne. Select one from the 42 Champagnes and 11 rosé options that make up the extensive wine list. (Updated)

Restaurant Eve

Restaurant Eve is a special occasion restaurant with a wine list to match. It includes three half-bottles of Champagne, as well as 20 full bottles, and five sparkling wines from South Africa, Oregon, and Virginia.

Ripple

Despite its relatively small size, Ripple has more Champagnes than you would expect -- 18 Champagnes and four sparkling wines by the bottle. For those who want something fizzy that doesn't come from grapes, there are ciders and perrys by the bottle as well.

Tallula

On the lower end of the restaurant price scale is Tallula. There you'll be able to enjoy 11 Champagnes, three cavas, three proseccos, and eight sparkling wines from the US and Australia. One Champagne, and four sparkling wines are available by the half and full glass.

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

CityZen pours over 50 Champagnes, specially selected by sommelier Andy Myers. Choices are split into small grower, club (grower-producer), oaked, négociant (large Champagne houses), and rosés. Take note of the disgorgement dates -- the date when the yeasts are "disgorged" or removed from the bottles of Champagne. This date on the small grower and club Champagnes help drinkers identify "vintages" for non-vintage wines.

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