Four-Star Drinking, One-Star Pricing

Whole Foods in DC’s Logan Circle (1440 P St., NW; 202-332-4300) is currently selling a bottle of Massaya Classic 2006, a blend of three reds—Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. What’s significant about the wine other than the fact it hails from Lebanon?

Last winter, it was the wine that the four-star Komi (1509 17th St., NW; 202-332-9200) chose to pair with its fabulous katsikaki, a tour-de-force presentation of spit-roasted baby goat.

Few are brave enough or skilled enough to prepare a spit-roasted goat at home, but the wine—earthy and lightly spicy but also soft and supple—is a great match for big, hearty flavors: It dances adroitly with a plate of seared scallops and romesco, and it works great, too, with a tagine or roast chicken. It’s a terrific deal at $12.99 a bottle.

This appeared in the October, 2008 issue of The Washingtonian.  


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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.