The answer? The guys in the surprisingly well-stocked wine department of Rodman's Discount Food & Drug (5100 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-363-3466). They can talk tannins with the best of 'em, but they're so affable, low-key, and eager to please that you feel as though you've wandered into a small-town general store for a bottle of pop.
Washingtonian staffers contributing to this section were Cristina Abello, Susan Baer, Susan Davidson, Ken DeCell, Rebecca Dreilinger, Kim Isaac Eisler, Mary Clare Fleury, Kimberly Forrest, Brooke Lea Foster, Garrett M. Graff, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, Aparna Nancherla, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Chris Wilson. Also contributing were Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Matthew Graham.