Wine businesses for every kind of palate—and wallet—opened across the D.C.-area this year, from urban tasting rooms to pop-up wine bars and cozy shops. Here are eight new places to buy bottles, order a glass, and learn more about the grapes.
Eno Wine Bar, 2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The tidy Georgetown space that opened in October features wines by the glass, flights, and bottles, plus eight selections on tap.
Glass half full: Something for everyone, with more than 300 bottles.
Glass half empty: Limited food menu, so don’t come too hungry.
Barcelona Wine Bar, 1622 14th St. NW
The Logan Circle newcomer offers tapas (plus churros!) and a bustling vibe.
Glass half full: Extensive by-the-glass selection includes cheaper “taste” options.
Glass half empty: Crowds make it hard to discuss finds with friends.
Vino Volo, 1782 International Drive, McLean
The airport chain’s second outpost that doesn’t require a boarding pass opened this fall in Tysons Galleria, with a focus on flights, food, and wine education.
Glass half full: Drinking wine while shopping!
Glass half empty: Inconsistent service.
Oby Lee, 3000 Washington Blvd., Arlington
This Clarendon cafe features coffee roasted in house, crepes, and a self-serve wine bar.
Glass half full: All-day breakfast—with wine.
Glass half empty: Wine mojitos should not exist. Even in Arlington.
Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE
The boutique was named among the country’s best new wine shops by Food and Wine Magazine after opening in Union Market in early 2013.
Glass half full: Owner Eric Rohleder draws on his professional culinary training to make great food pairing suggestions.
Glass half empty: Tiny space can feel cramped on busy weekends.
Vin de Chez at The Lot at Union Kitchen, 1100 3rd St. NE
The pop-up wine bar and restaurant from Chez Le Commis supper club chef Tom Madrecki appears in the parking lot of Union Kitchen, with dozens of mostly European selections focused on natural and biodynamic wines.
Glass half full: Lower than average mark-ups.
Glass half empty: Extremely limited schedule, but plans are to open twice a month starting in the spring of next year.
Dominion Wine & Beer, 107 Rowell Court, Falls Church
This friendly wine store opened in July, with an emphasis on small-production wines, including more than two dozen Virginia bottles.
Glass half full: A number of selections under $15.
Glass half empty: The service sometimes lags.
Great Shoals Winery, 14526 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring
The Maryland winery opened the state’s closest tasting room to D.C. this summer at Heyser Farms in Silver Spring, pouring samples of its still and sparkling wines and ciders.
Glass half full: Hard ciders are worth the visit.
Glass half empty: Still wines still need work.
Photo of Vino Volo courtesy Naiffer Photography