May 21, 2011

My Favorite Wine Shop

What elements make the perfect shop? The location? The merchandise? The staff? I think perhaps it is not one specific thing, but the perfect combination of all elements. I am not sure if Ansonia Wines is the perfect wine shop, but has become my favorite in the DC metro area.

We first discovered Ansonia Wines on a recent cloudy Saturday afternoon. Jonathan and I were wandering around the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods and came across the sign on 18th Street between S and T Streets. After descending the steps we found ourselves in this small family-owned wine shop.

Specializing in French wines, and in particular Burgundies, it is a delightful shop. They are friendly, helpful, and have tastings on Friday and Saturday afternoons. So, before we decided what to purchase we were able to sample two of their wines and learn about the different wines they had in stock. One thing I would like to note is all the wines they have for sale are reasonably priced and an excellent value.

After tasting some wine we headed back out to the street carrying a bottle of Gigondas and a bottle of Côtes du Rhône to bring home. Later that weekend we enjoyed the Gigondas sitting out on our deck overlooking the back alley. (Yes, I have a glamorous life...) It was an excellent wine - medium to full bodied with hints of cherry, plum, and spice. And the Côtes du Rhône? That’s still on the shelf for another day....


Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

And it's near Biagio - one stop shopping for wine and chocolate.

Jessica said...

I know! It's a wonderful coincidence! :-)