A great plate of food is only as good as the wine that accompanies it. At these restaurants, only the best wine is selected to accompany your plate of steak, fish, or vegetables. Here is our roundup of the restaurants with the six best wine lists in the world.
Bad Hunter might not even be two years old yet, but it’s made its mark on the streets of Chicago. Opened in 2016, Bad Hunter focuses on incorporating vegetables into their meals that will appease meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. It is known for its unusual dishes and even more amazing wine list. Beverage Director Michael McAvena looks for unique wine bottles that can’t be found anywhere else. Ever heard of a secret menu? Ask for the secret wine menu at Bad Hunter. You won’t regret it.
802 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607
New York City has an incredibly diverse food scene, and some of the top restaurants in the world. DANIEL first opened in 1993 and has continually been noted as a premier restaurant for European cuisine. Owner Daniel Boulud comes from Lyon, France and you can see this reflected in its wine list. With a list of over 25,000 bottles, customers will be able to choose from a huge variety of international wines rarely found in America, as well as some of the oldest and youngest wines on the market today.
60 E 65th St., New York, NY 10065
Element 47 might be at the Little Nell, but there’s nothing little about the reputation that precedes this restaurant. Element 47 has been called Aspen’s finest spot to wine and dine. With over 20,000 wines in their cellar and 50 sommeliers on staff, Element 47 will make sure that you find the perfect glass of wine, no matter how you're feeling. Need any more proof? The restaurant has earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1997 and received one of Aspens only Five-Star Restaurant Awards in 2015. Element 47 even has 'The Little Nell Wine Club' designed for those who want to order and store their own wine at this Aspen resturant.
2001, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Surrounded by wine in Napa Valley lies The French Laundry – a farm-to-table fine dining with a wine list as long as its awards list. The Michelin Guide San Francisco awarded the restaurant their highest rating of three stars for the sixth year in a row; the owner, Thomas Keller, is the only American-born chef to have two three-starred Michelin restaurants. Along with the incredible food, guests can find wines from all over the world, especially those that are hard-to-get and rarely known. Think you’ll find the same thing each time you come to The French Laundry? You thought wrong. The food menu and wine pairings change every single day, so each visit is unique in its own way.
6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
Get ready for plenty of red wine to go with the amount of meat you’ll have at Los Fuegos in the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. Its owner, Francis Mallmann, is an Argentine grill master and arguably the best chef in South America. He brought his asado (outdoor barbecues) to Miami Beach where he brings the ancient art of live-fire cooking to life every night. The restaurant features a live grill in the middle of the restaurant so you can see your food prepared while you sip on one of the hundreds wines available. Remember that red always goes well with meat…
3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140
Everything’s bigger in Texas – and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is no exception. As one of the only places in Texas that houses dry-aged beef, it also houses a unique wine collection. With over 3,900 wines, the sommeliers curate wines from around the globe to make sure only the best are housed at Pappas Bros. Since 2010, the restaurant has received the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award – no easy feat for any restaurant. Pappas Bros. also has about 10 tastings a year so guests can see what wines the sommeliers have brought to Houston. With so many options, both your heart and stomach will be happy you came.
Although all the restaurants will offer you quality service, food, and most importantly wine, the best one has to be Element 47 in Aspen, Colorado. Not only does the restaurant have enough awards to put it at the top of the list, but its specialty in curating and finding the rarest wines means that there’s no way you won’t enjoy your glass.
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