There are plenty of liquor stores in Washington, D.C., but there’s something particularly charming about browsing through a cute wine shop.
The wine shops on this list all have a beautiful, pleasant aesthetic, local ties to the community, and a curated selection of fabulous wines. Check out these shops for a unique, local experience.
1805 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20009
Cork Wine Bar and Market is both a wine shop and a restaurant. At the restaurant, you can enjoy small plates in a romantic setting, and the wine that’s available at dinner is also available for purchase at the shop.
The wine shop has a selection of over 300 small-production, sustainably made wines. They often feature complimentary wine tastings, so make sure you stop in and sip on some delicious wine picks.
Everything about this 14th Street spot is cozy and warm, from the exposed brick interior to the friendly knowledgeable staff.
1550 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Grand Cata specializes in wines from Latin America, as well as Spain and Portugal. Here you can not only get to know Latin wines, but the entire Latin experience. The owners and the staff are all from various part of the Latin world and provide a personal and knowledgeable perspective. You can also find Latin cookbooks and specialty wine accompaniments, such as Spanish cheeses and curated meats. The mission of the shop is to
“educate, create a sense of community, and celebrate heritage.”
If you’re interested in learning more about wine, Grand Cata offers a selection of wine classes, from a more casual environment where you have the opportunity to mingle with others, or a more formal option, where you would sit down at the large communal table in the middle of the shop and participate in a class.
The shop also offers a wine club membership. You can learn more details here.
3519 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008
Weygandt Wines has been locally owned by founder Peter Weygandt since 1987. Peter has
“been an importer of French wines, and has gained a national and international reputation for the quality of his selections and his portfolio of top ’boutique’ wines from some of France’s best producers.”
He’s since expanded his wine selections to include more regions of the world and is constantly featured in top-rated wine publications.
The wine shop hosts a weekly wine tasting every Saturday afternoon. Wine professionals will lead you through the day’s selections, educating and answering any questions you may have. There are also opportunities to attend special tasting events at the shop. Find out more details by checking out the calendar here.
If you know you love Weygandt Wines, you can join their wine club, which enrolls you in a monthly membership. Depending on the option you choose, a special selection of wines will be sent to you every month with a set of tasting notes.
All three of these shops offer a curated selection of wine, professional staff, and a warm, cozy atmosphere. You’ll want to keep coming back for the service, the education, and of course, the wine.
And if you love to drink wines in restaurants as much as you do at home, check out these spots that feature specials with half-priced bottles of wine.
Which is your favorite kind of wine? Have you been to any of these wine shops before? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!