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epicuriositykilledthecatfish Jun 5, 2007 12:57 PM

I am looking for recommendations for the restaurant with the best wine list in downtown DC - either best selection, lowest markups, or, preferably, both.

Thanks in advance!

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    dinwiddie Jun 6, 2007 05:37 AM

    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.

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    1. re: dinwiddie
      jpschust Jun 6, 2007 05:40 AM

      Only reason I didn't say Dino is I was thinking downtown like metro center/white house area- Vidalia has a great list right now.

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        dinwiddie Jun 6, 2007 05:43 AM

        True on both counts. But since Dino is only a scant block from the METRO I figured I'd include it. Besides, can you think of a better priced list? I haven't been to Vidalia in a couple of years so I didn't include it. I do remember it as having a great list however.

        1. re: dinwiddie
          jpschust Jun 6, 2007 05:51 AM

          Oh I can't think of a better priced list at all :)

          Vidalia has a stunning list- I'm there a lot. Too much in fact.

    2. Pool Boy Jun 5, 2007 06:24 PM

      Just FYI, many restaurants in DC do allow you to BYOW by paying a corkage fee of $15-$25. One notable exception is Citronelle.

      I haven't been there in a while, but Cashion's Eat Place usually has a fun, interesting and well thought out list.

      www.roguefood.com

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        whiner Jun 5, 2007 01:45 PM

        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.

        1. jpschust Jun 5, 2007 01:14 PM

          Corduroy is pretty much downtown and that's got a great list

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