Wine may be the most intimidating adult beverage. Ordering a glass or a bottle requires a dizzying array of choices—red, white, or rose; still or sparkling; organic, naturally produced, or conventional wine from more than a dozen countries and representing innumerable styles.
Wine bars provide a solution, with a large selection of wines by the glass and a staff eager to mentor. Most offer flights—samples of three or four wines following a theme or showcasing a single producer.
Food menus generally follow the concept of tapas, wine-friendly snacks and small plates like those popularized by wine bars in Spain. Elsewhere the fare ranges from fancy to stripped-down.
This guide pops the cork on popular wine bars from around the state.