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A platter of Georgian dishes from Supra
A platter of Georgian dishes from Supra, where “amber” wine is a specialty.
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17 D.C. Restaurants With Spectacular Wine Lists

Where to find trendy natural and orange wines to pair with Georgian, French, and Italian food

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A platter of Georgian dishes from Supra, where “amber” wine is a specialty.
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Finding a favorite wine label can be a comforting move at a new restaurant, and discovering a new favorite feels like an added bonus. This map of D.C. restaurants puts an emphasis on dining rooms that curate interesting lists that complement the food. Having an expert to guide customers in a meaningful way is a must. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or just looking to try something new, these venues have fantastic wine programs.

Note: This does not include wine bars that focus on wines, only restaurants with a matching wine program.

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Queen’s English

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After vying for a table in this Columbia Heights hot spot, customers will find a funky list full of natural wines that complement modern Cantonese dishes. Co-owner Sarah Thompson collects bottles from as far away as Turkey and Austria and as close as the Finger Lakes of New York. There are sections devoted to orange varietals and grapes “in a different color” than white or red.

Primrose

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Co-owner Sebastian Zutant has curated many of the wine lists in the city, and at the striking Primrose in Brookland, he’s designed a list of about 75 selections from various French regions — and some local Virginia wines, too. Find plenty of natural wines from a number of small producers here.

Come grab a glass of Chenin Blanc with the #Gnomies on the “Primrose Patio” - J. Mourat, Chenin Blanc, Loire, FR, 2017 -...

Posted by Primrose DC on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reveler's Hour

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With over 50 wines by the glass spanning a few different themes, the wine list at this new sibling spot to Tail Up Goat is perfect for anyone who wants to try something new. A 2018 Tuscan “Diamine” Chianti from Podere Giocoli is a natural accompaniment to chef Jon Sybert’s pastas. (After suffering a small fire over the weekend, Reveler’s Hour is expected to reopen soon).

Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Craig Fields/For Reveler’s Hour

This Logan Circle pizzeria has a wine list that leans heavy on Sicilian labels to go with wood-fired pies, anchovy plates, and salumi salumi from the kitchen. There’s also a fairly extensive selection of Beaujolais. Plenty are offered by the glass.

Estadio

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Estadio’s wine program includes more than 250 labels, 90 percent of which are Spanish. The rest pull from South American, Portuguese and domestic vineyards. It also has a “Rare & Old” selection featuring hard-to-find vintages. The longstanding tapas spot has large selection of fortified wines such as sherry, port, and madeira, too.

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St. Anselm

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Orange, pink, red, and white wines are on draft here. All come from small batch family producers. There’s an extensive Madiera program, with bottles dating to 1850, and high quality canned wines. It all makes St Anselm’s wine program one of the most unconventional in the city. A 58-page book is full of illustrations showing the growing regions of featured grapes.

Iron Gate Restaurant

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This dreamy Dupont restaurant pairs Mediterranean cuisine with more than 200 wines, mainly from Greece and Italy. There’s plenty of opportunity to try something new without breaking the bank; Wine’s by the glass start at $10.

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The Dabney

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This Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant from James Beard award-winner Jeremiah Langhorne has a wine list to match the quality of the food. There are lots of small producers from the U.S. and Europe. Rare bottles come from cult favorites like Emidio Pepe, Giuseppe Quintarelli, and Ceritas. There are more affordable options from lesser-known producers, including a number of Virginia wines.

In Shaw, Supra boasts one of the largest Georgian wine lists in the country. The exclusively Georgian list has selections from small producers all over the Eastern European country, including a lot of amber (orange) options and plenty of natural wines to sip after slurping broth out of khinkali (soup dumplings).

The wine list is legendary at this Michelin-starred restaurant in the Jefferson hotel. There’s a heavy focus on selections from California, Burgundy, Spain, and Champagne. It also has plenty of favorites from Virginia wine country. There are over 50 vintages available, a variety of half bottles, and helpful suggestions of “Hidden Gems.”

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BOURBON STEAK

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Find an extensive selection of over 800 bottles from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and Italy here. There are also a number of large format bottles on offer. And don’t worry about being overwhelmed. The staff here are well equipped to help you with making a choice.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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A French-heavy wine list pairs well with chef Robert Wiedmaier’s high-end European tasting menus. The popular pre-Kennedy Center dinner spot also boasts one of the most impressive Champagne selections in the city. — Tierney Plumb

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The Occidental

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At the Occidental, the wine list spans a number of old world and new world whites and reds, along with a number of dessert wines at various price points. It’s nice to see half bottles, too.

Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

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Part of a three-level restaurant complex in Clarendon, Buena Vida showcases over 15 Mexican wines, available by the bottle and glass. Prices are very reasonable at $8 to $13 per glass and $30 to $50 for bottles.

Little Pearl

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An eclectic mix of natural wine, orange wine, expensive reds, and everything in between make up the selection once this Capitol Hill spot from the Rose’s Luxury team transitions out if its daytime cafe hours. The $49 prix fixe is a great value, and there’s a wine pairing option to boot.

Emilie's

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Everything about chef Kevin Tien’s cuisine-hopping restaurant is fun, and that goes for their wine list, too. Curated with an eye toward affordability, there are $12 and $13 glasses of bubbly to go with family-style plates of ranch-flavored fried chicken or Vietnamese pork blade steak served with supplies for diners to construct their own lettuce wraps.

Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
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Officina

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Chef Nick Stefanelli built out his dream wine cellar for his Italian compound on the Wharf. A wine wall spans all three floors and has the capacity to hold 4,000 bottles. A thick list of labels shows love for various regions of Italy. Sip them at the ground-floor bar, the second-story amaro salon, or the rooftop terrace. — T.P.

Queen’s English

After vying for a table in this Columbia Heights hot spot, customers will find a funky list full of natural wines that complement modern Cantonese dishes. Co-owner Sarah Thompson collects bottles from as far away as Turkey and Austria and as close as the Finger Lakes of New York. There are sections devoted to orange varietals and grapes “in a different color” than white or red.

Primrose

Co-owner Sebastian Zutant has curated many of the wine lists in the city, and at the striking Primrose in Brookland, he’s designed a list of about 75 selections from various French regions — and some local Virginia wines, too. Find plenty of natural wines from a number of small producers here.

Come grab a glass of Chenin Blanc with the #Gnomies on the “Primrose Patio” - J. Mourat, Chenin Blanc, Loire, FR, 2017 -...

Posted by Primrose DC on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reveler's Hour

Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Craig Fields/For Reveler’s Hour

With over 50 wines by the glass spanning a few different themes, the wine list at this new sibling spot to Tail Up Goat is perfect for anyone who wants to try something new. A 2018 Tuscan “Diamine” Chianti from Podere Giocoli is a natural accompaniment to chef Jon Sybert’s pastas. (After suffering a small fire over the weekend, Reveler’s Hour is expected to reopen soon).

Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Cassarecce pasta with sea island red peas, collard greens, and pecorino Romano cheese from Reveler’s Hour
Craig Fields/For Reveler’s Hour

Etto

This Logan Circle pizzeria has a wine list that leans heavy on Sicilian labels to go with wood-fired pies, anchovy plates, and salumi salumi from the kitchen. There’s also a fairly extensive selection of Beaujolais. Plenty are offered by the glass.

Estadio

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Estadio’s wine program includes more than 250 labels, 90 percent of which are Spanish. The rest pull from South American, Portuguese and domestic vineyards. It also has a “Rare & Old” selection featuring hard-to-find vintages. The longstanding tapas spot has large selection of fortified wines such as sherry, port, and madeira, too.

estadio Estadio [official]

St. Anselm

Orange, pink, red, and white wines are on draft here. All come from small batch family producers. There’s an extensive Madiera program, with bottles dating to 1850, and high quality canned wines. It all makes St Anselm’s wine program one of the most unconventional in the city. A 58-page book is full of illustrations showing the growing regions of featured grapes.

Iron Gate Restaurant

Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

This dreamy Dupont restaurant pairs Mediterranean cuisine with more than 200 wines, mainly from Greece and Italy. There’s plenty of opportunity to try something new without breaking the bank; Wine’s by the glass start at $10.

Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Dabney

This Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant from James Beard award-winner Jeremiah Langhorne has a wine list to match the quality of the food. There are lots of small producers from the U.S. and Europe. Rare bottles come from cult favorites like Emidio Pepe, Giuseppe Quintarelli, and Ceritas. There are more affordable options from lesser-known producers, including a number of Virginia wines.

Supra

In Shaw, Supra boasts one of the largest Georgian wine lists in the country. The exclusively Georgian list has selections from small producers all over the Eastern European country, including a lot of amber (orange) options and plenty of natural wines to sip after slurping broth out of khinkali (soup dumplings).

Plume

Plume Private Cellar Plume [official]

The wine list is legendary at this Michelin-starred restaurant in the Jefferson hotel. There’s a heavy focus on selections from California, Burgundy, Spain, and Champagne. It also has plenty of favorites from Virginia wine country. There are over 50 vintages available, a variety of half bottles, and helpful suggestions of “Hidden Gems.”

Plume Private Cellar Plume [official]

BOURBON STEAK

Find an extensive selection of over 800 bottles from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne and Italy here. There are also a number of large format bottles on offer. And don’t worry about being overwhelmed. The staff here are well equipped to help you with making a choice.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

Marcel's
Marcel’s
R. Lopez/Eater DC

A French-heavy wine list pairs well with chef Robert Wiedmaier’s high-end European tasting menus. The popular pre-Kennedy Center dinner spot also boasts one of the most impressive Champagne selections in the city. — Tierney Plumb

Marcel's
Marcel’s
R. Lopez/Eater DC

The Occidental

At the Occidental, the wine list spans a number of old world and new world whites and reds, along with a number of dessert wines at various price points. It’s nice to see half bottles, too.

Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

Part of a three-level restaurant complex in Clarendon, Buena Vida showcases over 15 Mexican wines, available by the bottle and glass. Prices are very reasonable at $8 to $13 per glass and $30 to $50 for bottles.

Little Pearl

An eclectic mix of natural wine, orange wine, expensive reds, and everything in between make up the selection once this Capitol Hill spot from the Rose’s Luxury team transitions out if its daytime cafe hours. The $49 prix fixe is a great value, and there’s a wine pairing option to boot.

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Emilie's

Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Everything about chef Kevin Tien’s cuisine-hopping restaurant is fun, and that goes for their wine list, too. Curated with an eye toward affordability, there are $12 and $13 glasses of bubbly to go with family-style plates of ranch-flavored fried chicken or Vietnamese pork blade steak served with supplies for diners to construct their own lettuce wraps.

Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
Ranch-flavored fried chicken with Texas Toast and caviar-topped deviled eggs from Emilie’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Officina

Chef Nick Stefanelli built out his dream wine cellar for his Italian compound on the Wharf. A wine wall spans all three floors and has the capacity to hold 4,000 bottles. A thick list of labels shows love for various regions of Italy. Sip them at the ground-floor bar, the second-story amaro salon, or the rooftop terrace. — T.P.

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