America's Best Wine Bars
Veritas, Washington, D.C.
Exposed brick and burgundy interiors give a decidedly grown-up feel to this intimate space, inspired by the Roman adage “In vino veritas” (In wine there is truth). A temperature-controlled tap system allows for more than 70 by-the-glass choices, while perks like half-priced bottles on Mondays and Sundays keep the regulars returning. Look for roasted red pepper and feta dip among the array of pressed sandwiches, cheeses, and savory spreads. And be sure to leave room for dessert: Veritas is famous for its artisanal chocolates, crafted from quirky ingredients like cloves, ground tea leaves, and chipotle peppers.
Great Match: Pistachio dark chocolate ganache and a glass of 2008 Tofanelli Charbono (USA), $16 total.