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4 Unique Wine Lists

BY Nevin Martell with contributions from Jennifer Barger, Kelly Magyarics and Kristen Schott | June 27, 2018 | Feature Features

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Little Pearl is a coffee shop/wine bar from the folks behind the exclusive Rose's Luxury.

Little Pearl
At Aaron Silverman’s wine bar, the small but eclectic list, which rotates frequently, touts New Zealand pét-nat bubbly, a Lebanese white blend, a carbonic chambourcin from Virginia and a skin-contact grechetto from Umbria, Italy. Uncork Renaissance’s Taken From Granite, a 1995 cab from a cult winemaker in Cali’s Sierra Foothills. 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.618.1868

Maxwell Park
Fifty wines by the glass (and 500 by the bottle) rotate according to the Shaw wine bar’s monthly theme, from campfire-ready bottles to deep dives into Spain and Portugal. For July, the Ibericon list pours the 2001 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva from Rioja by the glass. 1336 Ninth St. NW, 202.792.9522

Wine pro Sebastian Zutant’s French-accented list is organized by varietal—not region—making the Jura (specifically, the 2016 Ganevat De Toute Beaute), Côtes de Bourg and Gigondas accessible to all. Dieu merci! 3000 12th St. NE, 202.248.4558

Get tongue-tied with food-friendly indigenous Georgian varietals, often fermented and aged in traditional earthen vessels called qvevri, like mineral-driven rkatsiteli or pinot noir stand-in otskhanuri sapere. Splurge on the 2015 Orgo Mtsvane Blanc de Blancs, the world’s first qvevri-made sparkling wine. 1205 11th St. NW, 202.789.1205

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