With the 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival less than a week away (see my blog, Naples Winter Wine Festival 2014 at GCIP Naples
), wine and wine lists are a hot topic around Naples. We all know how subjective wine can be, but I have put together what I consider the top wine lists in Naples. To all of you wine-lovers out there, if you know of a list that I have overlooked, please let me know! Thanks! Tricia Raynor @ 239-961-1801.
Naples' Top Wine Lists: (in no particular order)
Bleu Provence - The most interesting and eclectic selection of wines from around the world in all of south Florida.
Rivals and even surpasses the most serious wine lists in Miami. 1234 8th St S.
Cafe Lurcat - Outstanding selection of wines from all around the world with a best-of-the-best Captain's List. 494 5th Ave S.
Campiello's - Rich Italian and California list with very special wines on their reserve Captain's List. 1177 3rd St S.
The Capital Grill - World-class list from nearly every wine growing region on earth. 9005 Mercato Dr.
Chops City Grill - Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" 2001-2012, Wine Enthusiast "Award of Distinction" 2004-
2012. 837 5th Avenue S.
Escargot 41 - An excellent classic French list, as well as a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. 4339 Tamiami Trail N.
The Grill - The Ritz-Carlton / Lemonía - The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort - First-class wine list one would expect from the Ritz.
Le Lafayette - Casual bistro feel, expansive French wine list, and friendly staff. 375 13th Ave.
M. Waterfront Grille - An award-winning comprehensive list that showcases highly allocated vintages and large format selections. 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd N.
Sea Salt - Over 500 different wines from around the globe, carefully chosen from wine-making regions not commonly explored on other wine lists. 1186 3rd St S, Naples.
Truluck's - Very strong New World list, yet thoughtfully balanced with wines from all over Europe. 698 4th Ave S.
Wine Lists Worth Mentioning:
L-Angolo - Nice selection of reserve wines by-the-glass under an Enomatic wine system. 800 5th Ave S.
MASA - Almost unlimited tequila selection by-the-glass. 9123 Strada Pl #7135.
Tulia Osteria - Thought-out Italian Reserve list. 466 5th Ave S.
USS Nemo's - Very large and respectable California Chardonnay selection. 3745 Tamiami Trail N.
Restaurants with Thoughtful and Diverse By-the-Glass Programs:
Barbatella's - Italian Trattoria with 25 highly-regarded Italian wines by-the-glass under an Enomatic wine system. They offer 1oz, 3oz, and 6oz. pours. 1290 3rd St S.
The Local - A farm- and sea-to-table restaurant serving local beers and 20 wines by-the-glass from various regions and varietals. 5323 Airport Pulling Rd N.
Avenue Wine Cafe - Well-thought-out selection of wines by-the-glass and a knowledgeable staff. 483 5th Ave S.
Osetra - Champagne, Caviar & Sushi Bar. 469 5th Ave S.
The Wine Loft of Naples - An upscale bar experience in the Mercato. 9118 Strada Pl #8150.