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Where to Find Champagne, Cava, and Other Bottles of Bubbles in D.C.

Shopping for bubbly is easy

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Sparkling wine feels fancy, no matter the occasion. It’s both delicate and complex, ideal for savoring before a nice meal or fueling an all-night celebration. Champagne, a regional designation within France, carries the most prestige — and the highest price tag. But there are plenty of affordable bubbles worthy of a toast, especially Italian Prosecco and Spanish Cava.

Shopping for bubbly is easy in D.C. Area bars and wine shops offer bottles to fit just about any budget, whether that’s $10 or $1,000. Value and inventory are solid at neighborhood markets like Calvert Woodley and Planet Wine, both of which offer online ordering with delivery or pickup. And wine-focused beverage programs at Maxwell Park, Officina and similar spots are stacked with unique bubbly of all sorts, with food as an added bonus. Be on the lookout for some to-go discounts, too.

Here are 11 small, local businesses to seek out the next time you’re ready to pop a cork.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits

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This Van Ness neighborhood grocer has shelves lined high with wines of all types, with well over 100 sparking choices available (including mini and half bottles) for online order and pickup. There’s ample opportunity to splurge, too — the 2006 vintage Krug commands $349. Calvert Woodley is known its cheese counter as much as its wine, in case the home fridge is bare.

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits Temporarily Closes Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

St. Vincent Wine

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This new Park View wine bar is ready to get the party started with more than a dozen bottles of sparkling wine to pick from. Prices start at $30 for brut rosé and rise to $150 for a magnum-sized option. St. Vincent has local delivery and is also offering 25 percent off take-home wines ordered through its website. The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wine shelves at St. Vincent
Wine shelves at St. Vincent
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Cork Wine Bar & Market

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Cork specializes in Old World wines, and that means it’s well-stocked with French, Spanish and Italian picks (though that’s not all). The online shop features detailed tasting notes that help take out some guesswork. For the indecisive, Cork offers a six-pack of sparking bottles for $125, sourced from a variety of regions. Wines are available for pickup or local delivery.

Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts at their new location at 1805 14th Street NW.
Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Cairo Wine & Liquor

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There are decades of wine experience behind Cairo Wine & Liquor’s unassuming facade. Stop by in-store or shop online and discover budget or go-big picks from across the globe. Free local delivery is offered with a $50 minimum purchase.

Grand Cata

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Latin American wines are the focus of this Shaw market, which makes for some unique finds. Browsing the online shop for bubbles is a breeze. The Brazilian brut rosé is a noted customer favorite at a reasonable $23. Pickup is available in Shaw or at Grand Cata’s Union Market district shop inside La Cosecha.

Maxwell Park - Shaw

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Wine geeks will marvel at Maxwell Park’s deep selection of sparkling wines. The list is long, with dozens of legit Champagnes including an $85 nonvintage Blanc des blancs and a $1,000 Bollinger bottle from 1996. All to-go bottles are 30% off — a good excuse to reach for something different.

Maxwell Park in pre-pandemic times
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The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen

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The Pursuit is the place to be for popping quality bubbles at affordable prices. A French brut, Italian Prosecco, and Brazilian rosé all can be had for less than $20 a bottle. Pickup orders can be made online.

The wine wall at Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

Flight Wine Bar

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The lauded Chinatown wine bar from Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2020, is temporarily closed through January 22 due to the latest indoor dining ban. But its takeout operation is still running with sparkling options ranging from a $35 bottle of brut from the South of France to a $120 bottle of Grand Cru Champagne rosé. — Gabe Hiatt

Flight Wine Bar on 6th Street NW in Washington, DC Juana Arias for the Washington Post

Officina (Multiple locations)

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Michelin-starred chef Nick Stefanelli is no stranger to the finer things in food, and that includes bottles of bubbles. His Officina locations at the Wharf and in Georgetown are stocked with sparkling wines ranging from a $16 bottle of Prosecco to a $200 bottle of 2009 vintage Dom Perignon and more than two dozen price points in between. The restaurants are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and will also be shuttered through Thursday the week of inauguration.

Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
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Shilling Canning Company

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This high-end Mid-Atlantic kitchen in Navy Yard struck a partnership with Moet Hennessy for a retail wine shop that sells bottles of Veuve Cliquot brut Champagne for $55. It drinks well on its own, but it’s better when paired with some raw oysters or buttermilk fried chicken from the restaurant’s carryout menu. There’s free delivery inside the 20003 zip code.

The bar at Shilling Canning Company
The bar at Shilling Canning Company
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Planet Wine

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This Del Ray wine shop offers daily delivery ($5) to anyone within a 5-mile radius. Celebrate with some budget Spanish Cava ($13) or grab some genuine Champagne $41. Planet Wine’s parent company also offers a solid wine delivery and pickup list through Neighborhood Provisions (Bluejacket is the D.C. pickup hub).

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits Temporarily Closes Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

This Van Ness neighborhood grocer has shelves lined high with wines of all types, with well over 100 sparking choices available (including mini and half bottles) for online order and pickup. There’s ample opportunity to splurge, too — the 2006 vintage Krug commands $349. Calvert Woodley is known its cheese counter as much as its wine, in case the home fridge is bare.

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits Temporarily Closes Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

St. Vincent Wine

Wine shelves at St. Vincent
Wine shelves at St. Vincent
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This new Park View wine bar is ready to get the party started with more than a dozen bottles of sparkling wine to pick from. Prices start at $30 for brut rosé and rise to $150 for a magnum-sized option. St. Vincent has local delivery and is also offering 25 percent off take-home wines ordered through its website. The shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wine shelves at St. Vincent
Wine shelves at St. Vincent
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Cork Wine Bar & Market

Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts at their new location at 1805 14th Street NW.
Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Cork specializes in Old World wines, and that means it’s well-stocked with French, Spanish and Italian picks (though that’s not all). The online shop features detailed tasting notes that help take out some guesswork. For the indecisive, Cork offers a six-pack of sparking bottles for $125, sourced from a variety of regions. Wines are available for pickup or local delivery.

Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts at their new location at 1805 14th Street NW.
Cork Market & Wine Bar co-owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Cairo Wine & Liquor

There are decades of wine experience behind Cairo Wine & Liquor’s unassuming facade. Stop by in-store or shop online and discover budget or go-big picks from across the globe. Free local delivery is offered with a $50 minimum purchase.

Grand Cata

Latin American wines are the focus of this Shaw market, which makes for some unique finds. Browsing the online shop for bubbles is a breeze. The Brazilian brut rosé is a noted customer favorite at a reasonable $23. Pickup is available in Shaw or at Grand Cata’s Union Market district shop inside La Cosecha.

Maxwell Park - Shaw

Maxwell Park in pre-pandemic times
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Wine geeks will marvel at Maxwell Park’s deep selection of sparkling wines. The list is long, with dozens of legit Champagnes including an $85 nonvintage Blanc des blancs and a $1,000 Bollinger bottle from 1996. All to-go bottles are 30% off — a good excuse to reach for something different.

Maxwell Park in pre-pandemic times
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen

The wine wall at Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

The Pursuit is the place to be for popping quality bubbles at affordable prices. A French brut, Italian Prosecco, and Brazilian rosé all can be had for less than $20 a bottle. Pickup orders can be made online.

The wine wall at Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

Flight Wine Bar

Flight Wine Bar on 6th Street NW in Washington, DC Juana Arias for the Washington Post

The lauded Chinatown wine bar from Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2020, is temporarily closed through January 22 due to the latest indoor dining ban. But its takeout operation is still running with sparkling options ranging from a $35 bottle of brut from the South of France to a $120 bottle of Grand Cru Champagne rosé. — Gabe Hiatt

Flight Wine Bar on 6th Street NW in Washington, DC Juana Arias for the Washington Post

Officina (Multiple locations)

Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Michelin-starred chef Nick Stefanelli is no stranger to the finer things in food, and that includes bottles of bubbles. His Officina locations at the Wharf and in Georgetown are stocked with sparkling wines ranging from a $16 bottle of Prosecco to a $200 bottle of 2009 vintage Dom Perignon and more than two dozen price points in between. The restaurants are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and will also be shuttered through Thursday the week of inauguration.

Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
Patterned floor tiling and a corner of a bar area at Officina
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Shilling Canning Company

The bar at Shilling Canning Company
The bar at Shilling Canning Company
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This high-end Mid-Atlantic kitchen in Navy Yard struck a partnership with Moet Hennessy for a retail wine shop that sells bottles of Veuve Cliquot brut Champagne for $55. It drinks well on its own, but it’s better when paired with some raw oysters or buttermilk fried chicken from the restaurant’s carryout menu. There’s free delivery inside the 20003 zip code.

The bar at Shilling Canning Company
The bar at Shilling Canning Company
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Planet Wine

This Del Ray wine shop offers daily delivery ($5) to anyone within a 5-mile radius. Celebrate with some budget Spanish Cava ($13) or grab some genuine Champagne $41. Planet Wine’s parent company also offers a solid wine delivery and pickup list through Neighborhood Provisions (Bluejacket is the D.C. pickup hub).

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