Austin’s wine scene has never been better. The city has one of the country’s best groups of sommeliers, and the evidence is clear when browsing the wine menus of top-notch restaurants and bars, which have raised the game steadily. With staff education on the rise, a focus on concept-driven wine lists, and a new emphasis on value, the Austin wine drinker is spoiled for choice.
There’s a welcome mix of love for classic selections blended with a discerning eye for emerging regions and grapes — meaning there’s a wine for every palate and knowledge level. When ordering wine these days, it’s worth asking questions, whether what the list’s best value is or what the sommelier feels is tough to find elsewhere.
For more boozing needs, check out Austin’s best restaurants and bars for wine and cheese, half-price wine bottle specials, along with the city’s essential and hot new cocktail bars, and a guide to Central Texas wineries.
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