There’s just nothing more chic or simple than a classic wine and cheese pairing. Whether your tastes lean toward California Chardonnays or French Malbec, DC has something for every palate. Read on below to see our top picks for wining and dining in the District.
This homey, brick-walled Logan Circle favorite is the perfect place to linger over a cheese board and several glasses of wine. In addition to a curated wine-by-the-glass and cheese selection, Cork also offers an extensive charcuterie menu, with choices like 18-month aged Italian prosciutto and smoky, robust Spanish chorizo. Still hungry? You can’t go wrong with the avocado toast, a dish so popular it’s made the must-eat lists at Thrillist and the Washingtonian.
Sometimes you want a cheese and wine pairing without any of the pretension. This no-frills Union Market joint is the perfect spot to take a big group of friends for a bottle of champagne and a board of innovative, complex cheeses. Our favorite choice here has to be the olive-oil marinated goat cheese, but there are plenty of adventurous options to pick from. Take advantage of the cheese bar’s 25% off special and spring for tickets at the art-house Angelika Theater next door.
This Georgetown wine bar specializes in three of our favorite things: wine, cheese, and chocolate. Flights of the delicacies come with tongue-in-cheek titles like a trio dubbed the Triple Bypass, featuring a creamy Camembert, a buttery Green Hill brio, and a tangy Langhe Robiola or the Alpine-themed Heidi. Another draw is the wine list’s local emphasis, which includes options from nearby Virginia and Maryland purveyors for the discerning locavore.
Located in Glover Park, this cozy wine bar offers seasonal wine flights and innovative New American dishes like fried Brie, duck breast egg rolls, and tuna poke. Go on a Sunday, when you can share a plate of country pate and enjoy half-off wine flights all night.
If you’ve been California dreaming during this DC winter, we’ve got the perfect spot to sate your cravings. Eastern Market’s Sonoma features an all-American cheese list, with picks like a Hudson Valley camembert and house-made pâte. For wine-lovers, the West Coast-leaning selection features plenty delicious, complex by-the-glass options for prime vino-tasting.
Nothing says intimate quite like this hushed, candlelit wine bar. Bring a date and unwind at one of the romantic darkened tables at this U Street oasis, which offers a cheese selection filled with classics like a Spanish Manchego and Normandy triple-cream. Its impressive organic wine selection has proved a hit with oenophiles across the country, earning it a spot on Schiller Wine’s list of top 20 US Wine Bars.
The all-season outdoor patio at this 14th Street mainstay is perpetually filled with DC’s after-work crowds, making it one of the city’s top places to see and be seen. Luckily, there’s a huge tapas menu, spanning delicacies like whipped sheep’s cheese and a rich blue queso de Valdeon, as well as the Old World wine list. You’ll be spoiled for choice as you make your way through the list of Iberian specialties at this perennial favorite.
Make your way down to H Street to one of DC’s hidden gems. Head to this laid-back, brightly-lit hipster den, which offers wine on tap and rotating sangria specials, and imbibe while laying back on one of the 80s-style couches in the upstairs dining room. While we love the cheese boards here, the curated grilled cheeses, like the dried date-dotted challah-and-brie Little Salty Sweet sandwich, are also to die for.