Forget Robert Parker . . .

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.  

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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 Logan Circle.