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CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. was just nominated for Outstanding Wine Program in America by the James Beard Foundation (a.k.a. The Oscars of the food world). And CityZen's wine list is thoroughly democratic — I discovered Biale Vineyards' Black Chicken Zinfandel there years ago at the sommelier's recommendation for a mere $35 per bottle. The food at CityZen is extraordinary too, with Thomas Keller acolyte Eric Zeibold consistently at the stove (unlike some other high-end restaurants, where the chef doesn't cook as much as kiss babies). Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. has some amazing champagnes left over from inauguration, including rare vintages and some available by the glass — get them while they last.
Up for Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Awards (The Oscars of the DC food world) for outstanding wine program are Adour at The St. Regis, Dino in Cleveland Park, Marcel's in Foggy Bottom, Ripple in Cleveland Park, and The Ashby Inn and Restaurant in Virginia's Hunt Country.