In need of a sure thing for a dinner party? Looking for a wine that will excite you and not just impress you? Head to Paul’s of Chevy Chase (5205 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-537-1900) and scan the shelves for whatever’s in stock from Terry Theise.
Theise is the Silver Spring–based wine importer who won a 2008 James Beard Foundation Award, and his name on an Austrian or German white is as close to a guarantee as there is in the world of wine.
Paul’s carries a good selection of Theise wines, from an elegant and complex Bründlmayer Riesling for $27.99 to a Gysler Silvaner halbtrocken, on sale now for $9.99. If there’s a better wine out there for ten bucks, we haven’t found it.
This appeared in the January, 2009 issue of The Washingtonian.