August 2011

Dramatic, and Welcome, Changes in the Wine World

It’s clear that in years to come there will be much greater diversity in people who describe themselves as frequent wine drinkers.

Vino Files: Santorini

August is the time for seasonal produce, glasses of ultracrisp Assyrtiko and beachfront tasting rooms on this Greek island.

Vines, Wines, Food and Folklore

Superstitions aren’t always based on fear—they can inspire joy and seal friendships, as a trek through France’s Périgord proves.

Monica Larner Explores Italy’s Other Half

Most of the Italian wines that people are familiar with are from Tuscany and Piedmont, but an adventurous spirit is needed to get the most bang from the boot.

The Land of Boz

The legendary rocker Scaggs riffs on wine and song.

The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Nestled amid olive trees and renowned Napa Valley vineyards, this restaurant offers luxurious cuisine and nearly 17,000 wines.

Touch and Go

The 21st-century wine list makes its mark at Manhattan’s SD26.

Angle (Palm Beach, FL)

This Florida restaurant's global wine selection is designed to cater to any diner's palate.

Luxe Life: Nolet's Reserve Dry Gin

With its yellow diamond hue and exotic flavors of verbena and saffron, this sipping gin radiates pure luxury.

Vines and Vinyasa

A growing number of wineries are going Zen, combining yoga classes with wine tasting for a unique wine and unwind experience.

Lisbon

The enchanting Portuguese city is rich in history—and offers visitors modern takes on fascinating wine and food.

SHO Shaun Hergatt (New York, NY)

With its ever-changing Sommelier's Reserve List that's stacked with exclusive cult and library wines, this Wall Street restaurant beckons all wine enthusiasts.

Blackbird (Chicago, IL)

Here, creative cuisine pairs effortlessly with a wine list that's packed with bottles that won't break the bank.

Longman & Eagle (Chicago, IL)

This gastropub serves farm-to-table American cuisine alongside an expansive selection of wine, whisky and craft beer.

Cyrus (Healdsburg, CA)

Wine pairings and tasting menus are the trademark of this Michelin-starred restaurant.

The French Laundry (Yountville, CA)

Chef Thomas Keller flexes his culinary virtuosity in this French-countryside inspired Napa Valley restaurant.

Frasca Food and Wine (Denver, CO)

Inspired by the cuisine of Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, this Colorado restaurant impresses with its extensive Northern Italy-centric wine list.

Hatfield's (Los Angeles, CA)

Boasting an extensive wine list that's loaded with boutique producers and a seasonally inspired menu, this Los Angeles restaurant proves to be a rising star.

Hakkasan (Miami, FL)

A predominantly New World wine list and a vast collection of saké complements the Cantonese cuisine at this Florida hotspot.

Le Bec-Fin (Philadelphia, PA)

This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, restaurant gets bragging rights for its Rhône Valley-focused wine list.

Stephan Pyles (Dallas, TX)

This Dallas, Texas, restaurant dubs its cuisine "New Millennium Southwestern".

Samba Grille (Houston, TX)

Brazilian Rodizío ambiance and the value-driven South American wine-list define this Texan spot.

La Toque (Napa, CA)

A nearly 1,800-bottle wine list that's decorated with Bordeaux first growths and a seasonally inspired menu make this restaurant an emerging star.

Al Biernat's (Dallas, TX)

Carnivores come to this meat lover's paradise for the Colorado lamb, North Dakota buffalo and an impressive wine list to match.

Casa Mono (New York, NY)

This New York City restaurant has a Spanish-centric wine list that's 600-bottles deep.

The Mansion Restaurant (Dallas, TX)

This historic restaurant offers modern French cuisine with a Texan twist.

Avenues (Chicago, IL)

This Peninsula Hotel hotspot moves its guests with artful food and wine pairings.

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Austin, TX)

Open to hotel guests only, this restaurant sources produce from its own garden for ultimate sustainability.

Jiko—The Cooking Place (Lake Buena Vista, FL)

This Orlando restaurant's décor and cuisine is inspired by a Disney classic.

Charleston (Baltimore, MD)

Baltimore's Harbor East waterfront provides the backdrop for this restaurants part classic French, part Low-Country cuisine.

Marea (New York, NY)

The Italian-dominant wine list is the perfect accompaniment to this restaurant's coastal Italian fare.

Wayfare Tavern (San Francisco, CA)

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence mixes traditional American cuisine with cocktails that recall the Victorian era.

Outstanding Cocktail Programs

These restaurants pay as much attention to cocktails as cuisine.

Portland City Grill (Portland, OR)

This Northwestern restaurant pairs Asian-inflected American cuisine with an Oregon- and Washington-focused wine list.

Del Posto (New York, NY)

Recently bestowed four stars by The New York Times, this restaurant pairs classic Italian fare with a vast Italian-centric wine list.

Le Bernardin (New York, NY)

Strong minerality is the key behind this Michelin three-starred restaurant's wine list.

Canlis (Seattle, WA)

With five sommeliers managing a 18,000-bottle cellar, this restaurant is a must-visit for wine buffs.

Manresa (Los Gatos, CA)

Artful simplicity is the philosophy behind this California restaurant's cuisine.

Alma de Cuba (Philadelphia, PA)

Latin American cuisine is served in an atmosphere redolent of Old Havana in this Philadelphia restaurant.

Commis Restaurant (Oakland, CA)

Look no further than this Oakland, California, restaurant for a wine list heavy with half-bottles.

étoile Restaurant (Yountville, CA)

This California restaurant is home to the youngest U.S. chef who has ever been awarded a Michelin star.

Redd (Yountville, CA)

Wine country cuisine is infused with Asian and Mexican influence at this Napa Valley restaurant.

Superb Saké Programs

These are some favorite saké-centric restaurants across the nation.

The Lambs Club (New York, NY)

What was once home to America’s first professional theater club, this glamorous New York City dining destination makes you feel like you're on the red carpet.

Crabtree’s Kittle House (Chappaqua, NY)

Set in a 1790s historic building, this New York State restaurant packs 60,000 bottles in its cellar.

RN74 (San Francisco, CA)

This San Francisco urban wine bar is under the direction of superstar sommelier Rajat Parr.

Per Se (New York, NY)

Nine course tasting menus and a wine list famed for its depth of vintages define this chic New York City restaurant.

Frontera Grill (Chicago, IL)

Authentic Mexican cuisine is complimented by a wine list studded with small production bottlings.

ABC Kitchen (New York, NY)

This New York City restaurant is a pro when it comes to following the go-green philosophy.

August (New Orleans, LA)

With a menu that changes with the seasons, Burgundy is the go-to wine region for this New Orleans favorite.

Charlie Trotter's (Chicago, IL)

The wine list here is monumental with its Imperial-sized Penfolds Grange and verticals of Château Mouton-Rothschild from 1945 to 2003.

GILT (New York, NY)

With Château Margaux vintages dating back to 1900, this lavish restaurant has the tools to give wine lovers a magical experience.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV)

The wine list at this Las Vegas hotspot is packed with rarities.

Quince (San Francisco, CA)

This Michelin-starred restaurant combines locally inspired cuisine with a Piedmont-centric wine list.

L2O (Chicago, IL)

An ample selection of Rieslings, Loire whites and sakés compliment seafood and shellfish dishes at this Chicago restaurant.

Gautreau’s (New Orleans, LA)

This French bistro offers an everchanging menu and wine list to keep its guests on their toes.

Aureole (Las Vegas, NV)

The four story wine tower is quite the spectacle at this Las Vegas establishment.

CityZen Restaurant (Washington, D.C.)

The exotic Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the home of this French-American restaurant.

Veritas (New York, NY)

Diners enjoy a menu based on locally sourced ingredients in this sleek New York City restaurant.

Trend Watch: Pop-Up to Temp

Pop-up and temp restaurants offer diners an everchanging experience.

Annie Gunn’s (Chesterfield, MO)

The beef- and seafood-intensive menu is fortified with a strong cheese program and a wine list with 800 selections.

Five Beer Trailblazers

These five beer-centric establishments are worth the trek to experience.

Best Bets for Wine Lovers Abroad

Listing the best restaurants in the world for wine lovers is a tall order—but these are a few can’t-miss spots.

Millennium Restaurant (San Francisco, CA)

This San Francisco restaurant composes a globally inspired menu without using animal products.

Sonoma Wine Garden (Santa Monica, CA)

A worldclass dining experience is paired with immaculate vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Birch & Barley (Washington, D.C.)

In addition to a top-notch wine selection, this restaurant is famed for its collection of 555 artisanal beers.

Troquet (Boston, MA)

Fresh, seasonal cuisine with a French bent defines this New England restaurant.

B & B Ristorante (Las Vegas, NV)

This restaurant is so in tune with its menu, the servers can oftentimes tell you the name of the farmer who harvested the produce.

Addison at The Grand Del Mar (San Diego, CA)

This restaurant's six and 10 course dining format pairs flawlessly with its diverse wine selection.

A Voce (New York, NY)

The menu's contempory twist on Italian classics earned this New York City restaurant a Michelin star.

Culina (Beverly Hills, CA)

Diners enjoy a live-action crudo bar, house-made pastas and an Italian-focused wine list at this Los Angeles restaurant.

The Slanted Door (San Francisco, CA)

Gorgeous views of San Francisco add to the delight of this restaurant's take on Vietnamese cuisine.

Andre’s (Las Vegas, NV)

A sexy vibe strings together this restaurant's contemporary French cuisine and California dominant wine list.

Picholine (New York, NY)

French-Mediterranean cuisine is effortlessly paired with a wine list rich in Burgundy and Rhône selections at this New York City restaurant.

Emeril’s Restaurant (New Orleans, LA)

Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse's original restaurant offers Creole cuisine and a wine list with 1,525 selections.

Gary Danko (San Francisco, CA)

Chef Gary Danko's eponymous restaurant is famed for its 1,800-selection wine list, which boasts Champagnes from 30 different houses.

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge (Carmel Valley, CA)

California inspired cuisine is served in a warm, rustic setting at this Carmel Valley, California, dining destination.

Deseo (Scottsdale, AZ)

There's plenty of imagination that goes into creating this restaurant's bold Nuevo Latino cuisine.

Charleston Grill (Charleston, SC)

Fine jazz provides accompaniment to the innovative and ever-changing menu.

WP24 (Los Angeles, CA)

Wolfgang Puck's passion for Asian cuisine is represented at this Los Angeles hotspot.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY)

All ingredients used in this go-green restaurant are sourced from the area's surrounding fields, farms and markets.

Valentino (Santa Monica, CA)

There are 2,500 wines to select from to pair with the contemporary Italian fare served at this Santa Monica, California, restaurant.

Bacchanalia (Atlanta, GA)

This Atlanta, Georgia, restaurant offers an all-vegetable tasting menu prepared with locally grown produce.

Adour (New York, NY)

With an appellation-specific wine list, Sommelier André Compeyre's goal is to help diners understand the concept of terroir.

Sage (Las Vegas, NV)

Contemporary American fare is prepared using sustainable seafood and artisanal meat at this Las Vegas restaurant.

Spiaggia (Chicago, IL)

With a climate-controlled cheese cave and an artisanal beer program, this Michelin starred restaurant proves to be quite distinct.

The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA)

This Napa Valley restaurant's wine list emphasizes food friendly and unique wine blends.

Menton (Boston, MA)

This Boston, Massachusetts, restaurant combines French technique with a soulful Italian twist.

Eleven Madison Park (New York, NY)

The dramatically high ceilings and magnificent Art Deco create a luxurious experience at this New York City restaurant.

Gramercy Tavern (New York, NY)

Urban sophistication is infused with countryside comfort at this New York City favorite.

Summer Bookshelf

These recent releases on wine, spirits and cooking will add some sizzle to your summer bookbag.

Minetta Tavern (New York, NY)

Diners come to this New York City favorite for Old World wines and supernal dry aged côte de boeuf.

Prime One Twelve (Miami, FL)

Southern staples like chicken and waffles and a wine list deep with full-bodied reds make this spot a celebrity magnet.

Spago Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, CA)

Enjoy seasonal Californian cuisine, celebrity spottings and a wine list brimming with cult wines at this Wolfgang Puck establishment.

Circa 1886 (Charleston, SC)

The historic Wentworth Mansion is the setting of this Charleston, South Carolina, dining destination.

Proof on Main (Louisville, KY)

The 50 Bourbon spirit list and 100-bottle wine list is proof that this restaurant doesn't skimp on its beverage program.

Art and Soul (Washington, D.C.)

This Washington, D.C., restaurant's wine list is driven by sustainable and affordable worldclass bottlings.

The Herbfarm (Woodinville, WA)

This Washington State restaurant boasts the world's largest selection of Pacific Northwest wines.

Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar (Anchorage, AK)

This Alaskan restaurant combines zesty American fare with an international flair.