The U Street wine garden from husband and wife team Paul and Brittany Carlson opened just before the pandemic, and managed to transform into a sanctuary through all seasons, for dips, toasts, and an ever more enticing bottle list — all priced at $49 per bottle. It was just right for date nights and low-key get togethers alike, and all in their enchanting Southwest desert-inspired backyard.
When the occasion calls for it, look under Fancy Stuff for their reserve list, which includes Cornas from Domaine Clape, Côte du Py from Jean Foillard, and Bandol Rosé from Domaine Tempier.
Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Douro Branco ($49)
Luis Seabra is among the luminary winemakers in Portugal today, seeking to express the distinctive maritime terroir of the Douro Valley, rather than imitating established styles that have ensured high ratings. This field blend combines native Portuguese grapes, and drinks like Chablis on vacation in the Iberian Coast.
Domaine Ostertag Les Jardins Riesling ($49)
If you thought Alsace only makes saccharine gewurztraminer for your Thanksgiving table, think again. Domaine Ostertag, having practiced biodynamic farming since the 1990s, has a knack for making riesling that’s fermented dry but never austere; rather it’s lively and fragrant, with a hint of petrol in the best way, and it drinks beautifully with Lulu’s smoked whitefish dip or pork-belly pastrami sandwich.