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Blue Duck Tavern

Adjacent to the Park Hyatt Washington in D.C.’s West End, Blue Duck Tavern beckons guests with its light-filled dining room and too-cool minimalist décor. Headed up by newly appointed Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault, this Obama-approved spot offers a farm-fresh approach with an inviting open kitchen and wood-burning oven.

List: Go here for Virginia wines, as Blue Duck boasts a healthy selection from the Old Dominion in addition to choices from California and France. Standouts from Virginia include Boxwood Estate, Barboursville, Glen Manor, Linden and RdV Vineyards.

Food: Whimsical American delights from Chef Archambault pair beautifully with Virginia wines. Think heirloom tomato salad with aged goat cheese paired to the Glen Manor Sauvignon Blanc, an herbal and zesty white from Front Royal; roasted suckling pig with Boxwood Estate’s dry, Provençal-style rose from Middleburg; and braised beef rib with the RdV ‘Rendezvous’ red, a rich and lush Bordeaux-style blend from Delaplane. See Epicure/Dining Guide on Wheretraveler.com for 2012 Rammy winners and nominees.

1201 24th St. NW at M, 202.419.6755. blueducktavern.com

Andrew Stover