Recs for great wine list in downtown DC
For what it is -- the greatest Spanish wine list in DC... probably the best Spanish list in the country -- Taberna del Alabardero. The non-Spanish selection is pretty good, too. Beofre they ran out (rather recently) the 1996 Dominus was at around $150.
Kinkead's has a great list.
I agree, if you're willing to deal with a limited selection, the list at Courduroy is incredibly well thought out and well priced.
Dino in Cleveland Park has the best priced wine list in town in my opinion. Mostly Italian, the prices are about $20 over retail. On Sundays every wine over $50 is one third off. The list runs to about 50 pages. Dean Gold is passionate about wine and will be glad to steer you to something different and good. They also offer a large selection by the taste (2.5 oz) glass, or quartro.
Corduroy has a very good and well priced list that is very good for Burgandies. It isn't huge (not small either) but excellent values.
Citronelle has a very good list. The sommelier there, Mark Slater, just won the Beard award for wine service. Their strength is Burgundy and Bordeaux and if you look you can find some excellent buys. There are a lot of wines on their list for under $75 (or you can take out a loan and buy some DRC) Good place to go if you are looking for older vintages.
Vidalia has a nice list that is reasonably priced but don't look for older stuff.
Taberna del Alabardero has a wonderful list, especially in Spanish wines. And David Bruno is probably the tallest sommeleir in the US. They have an excellent by the glass selection.