Charleston and Cinghiale, both of Foreman Wolf, were awarded three stars on the The World of Fine Wine’s 2016 World’s Best Wine List. The restaurants were the only ones awarded three stars, the highest accreditation, in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area.
The group awarded Charleston Restaurant, a five-time national semifinalist for the James Beard Outstanding Wine Program, three stars in 2015, too.
“One of my chief joys is working with Lindsay Willey, our chief sommelier in the discovery of new and beautiful wine that is evolving in expressive ways, and being able to apply all of the energy derived therein to focusing on what chef is offering from the kitchen, and the constantly evolving menus,” said restaurateur Tony Foreman.
Foreman developed Cinghiale’s cellar more than a year before opening in 2007. He created the list’s diverse collection of over 600 labels from Northern, Central and Southern Italy to allow guests to have a pleasurable and quality wine experience at a variety of prices.
Eager to taste the wines yourself? Stop by Cinghiale Tuesday night. The restaurant is well-known by local oenophiles for its Tuesday ‘Half-Price Wine Night’ when guests are invited to raid the cellar.
“Tuesday nights are a great opportunity to explore our all-Italian wine cellar with our Cellar Raid, where every bottle of wine is 50 percent off in the Enoteca. Cellar Raid discount applies to 750ml bottle only,” reads the Cinghiale website.
Leading wine critics and sommeliers from around the globe served as judges, including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson, Francis Percival, and Editor Neil Beckett. Guest judges this year were Daniel Humm and Wine Director Cedric Nicaise from Eleven Madison Park in New York, winners of the World’s Best Wine List in 2015. The judges assessed well over 4,500 wine lists from restaurants before coming up with the final 817 one-, two- and three-star wine lists. Only 322 restaurants were recognized for the top-tier three-star award.