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9 Atlanta Restaurants With Wine Lists That Stand Out

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Are you looking to expand your wine knowledge and challenge your palate a bit? Are you tired of always ordering the old standbys: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir? If this sounds like you, here are nine restaurants around Atlanta, mapped north to south, with wine lists that offer plenty of unique varietals to expand your knowledge, challenge your palate, and place you on the road to becoming a member of the wine intelligentsia.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CRU Food & Wine Bar

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300 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(678) 248-5181

The first Atlanta-area outpost of this Dallas-based chain is offering some interesting options for wine-lovers at the Avalon development in Alpharetta. Cru deserves praise for its unique approach to exposing oenophiles to new wines. In addition to an extensive bottle list, Cru’s strength lies in its sample flights that allow for two-ounce pours of three various wines at various price points. For example, there are flights such as “Burgundy beauties,” which showcases three Pinot Noirs from Burgundy for $15, or “killer Cabernets,” which features tastes of three California Cabernets for $16. With more than a dozen flights to choose from, there is plenty of wine exploration to expand your knowledge and scratch your connoisseur’s itch.

2. Atlas

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88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 600-6471
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Located at Buckhead's St. Regis Hotel, Atlas is a critical darling, and chef Christopher Grossman is reviving American fine dining cuisine in Atlanta. With one of the deeper lists in town, this is the place to go to impress your wine-drinking friends who might be looking for back-vintage selections like the 1997 Schloss Schönborn Riesling. There are also splurge bottles such as the 1970 Rioja Gran Reserva from Faustino. A larger-than-expected list of wines by the glass (check out the Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne), as well as many half-bottle options await when you don’t want to commit to a full bottle. One of the city’s more impressive collections of dessert and sweet wines is also available to close out your night.

3. Aria

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490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
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There aren’t many restaurants in town with a wine list as comprehensive as the one at Aria. One feature that sets Aria apart, aside from its depth, it that its list features at least one large format (1.5L) bottle that is regularly poured by the glass. Currently, this means you can enjoy glass pours of the 2016 Matthiasson Rosé of Grenache from a magnum. In the future look for similar magnum pours of the 2013 La Pépière Cru Clisson and the 2015 La Clarine Farm Tempranillo. The bottle list reads like a wine lover’s “best of,” including Chablis from Francois Raveneau and Tempranillo from Lopez de Heredia. There’s also plenty of back-vintage hidden gems like the 2002 Domaine du Viking Vouvray Cuvee Aurelie or the spectacular 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses.

4. Restaurant Eugene

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-0321
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Restaurant Eugene has one of Atlanta’s best wine lists, period. There are numerous selections by the glass that you just won’t find anywhere else. The restaurant utilizes a Coravin system that allows the extraction of ounces of wines without removing corks from full bottles. This offers a rare opportunity to partake in by-the-ounce samples of such rarities as a 20-year-old Nikolaihof Riesling from Austria, or a 35-year-old Montepulciano from Italy’s Emidio Pepe. There is also an extensive bottle list that features rare wines and back vintages from some of the greatest estates in Burgundy, Loire Valley, and Italy.

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5. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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Already well known for its James Beard award-nominated wine program, there is no shortage of exciting selections on the list. The by-the-glass offerings feature unique tastes of white wines like the Hondarrabi Zuri Getariako from Spain, and a funky red Zweigelt from Austria. Miller Union also boasts a nice collection of half-bottles for smaller crowds and magnums (1.5L) for your party needs. The bottle list runs the gamut from smartly priced Jura Chardonnay from Domaine de Montbourgeau to serious California gems from Donkey & Goat and Matthiasson. If you want to splurge, try the Barbaresco “Asili” from Bruno Giacosa currently waiting for you on the list.

6. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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With one of the larger and more diverse lists in Atlanta, there are many ways to expand your knowledge thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. By-the-glass offerings include Riesling from Eugen Muller and beautiful Chenin Blanc from Chateau de Breze. There are numerous offerings from the Loire Valley and Spain on the list, as well as interesting and rare California wines such as the Ribolla Gialla from Matthiasson. If you’re lucky, at any given time you might even find highly allocated bottles by Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines, from two winemakers who have made Mourvedre from California something to swoon over.

7. 8 Arm

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

It should not be surprising that Atlanta’s newest restaurant darling has a crave-worthy collection of wines to pair with your brunch or dinner. The focused list — there are eight by-the-glass selections and eight bottle selections — is curated by beverage director Joshua Fryer with support from Empire State South’s Steven Grubbs. Wines offered by the glass range from familiar names to off-the-beaten path wines like bubbly from Loire Valley’s Louis Grenelle and Garganega-Trebbiano, an Italian white blend by Remo Farina. On the bottle list you will find smartly priced (some of the lowest markups in town), exciting wines that go beyond the run-of-the-mill Chardonnay and Cabernet. Try the Spatburgunder, a German Pinot Noir from Meyer-Nakel, a Loire Valley Savennieres from Damien Laureau, or a Carignan from California’s Lioco Wine Company. This is one of the smarter wine lists in town, designed to work well with the fresh and soul-satisfying dishes that come from the 8 Arm kitchen.

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  • 8. Cakes & Ale

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    155 Sycamore St
    Decatur, GA 30030
    (404) 377-7994
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    Beverage director Jordan Smelt’s list at Cakes & Ale is one of the more creative presentations in that it features a changing Q-and-A section with current popular winemakers, as well as a new section called “Billy’s Picks,” with choices from owner and chef Billy Allin. Billy’s picks currently include cool bottles like the bubbly “pet-nat” from California’s Donkey & Goat. The wine list offers smart buys such as premier cru Chablis from Gerard Duplessis and Grenache from California’s Forlorn Hope, to the hippest of hipster Beaujolais from Julie Balagny (go order this wine, now). There are also plenty of great splurge bottles like the ultra-rare, cult favorite Cabernet Franc from Clos Rougeard and Champagne from Ulysse Collin. That’s not to mention large format (1.5L) bottles like the Chardonnay with Atlanta roots from Dirty & Rowdy, as well as natural Gamay from Loire Valley upstart Jeremy Quastana. This is a list of exciting varietals that will please both those new wine drinkers and serious wine geeks alike.

    9. Staplehouse

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    541 Edgewood Ave SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    (404) 524-5005
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    Staplehouse features a wine list that is as thorough and thoughtful as the food that has cemented the restaurant’s place as one of Atlanta’s best. The list deserves a nod for both its extensive reach and the creative way wines are categorized and arranged. Selections are listed in categories, such as the red wines section which features “sophisticated drinking,” where you will find smart bottles like Cru Beaujolais from Domaine Diochon and Alvarelhao from California’s Forlorn Hope. There’s also a category for “in the sweet spot,” which features bottles such as a Blaufränkisch from Austrian producer Moric, as well as a stunning aged Barolo from Giacomo Borgogno. There are white wine categories of “aromatic and floral,” featuring Riesling from Hobo Winery in California, and the “layers & textures,” area where one can find Grillo from Tami in Sicily and a brilliant Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley made by California’s Arcadian Winery.

    1. CRU Food & Wine Bar

    300 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA 30009

    The first Atlanta-area outpost of this Dallas-based chain is offering some interesting options for wine-lovers at the Avalon development in Alpharetta. Cru deserves praise for its unique approach to exposing oenophiles to new wines. In addition to an extensive bottle list, Cru’s strength lies in its sample flights that allow for two-ounce pours of three various wines at various price points. For example, there are flights such as “Burgundy beauties,” which showcases three Pinot Noirs from Burgundy for $15, or “killer Cabernets,” which features tastes of three California Cabernets for $16. With more than a dozen flights to choose from, there is plenty of wine exploration to expand your knowledge and scratch your connoisseur’s itch.

    300 Avalon Blvd
    Alpharetta, GA 30009

    2. Atlas

    88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Located at Buckhead's St. Regis Hotel, Atlas is a critical darling, and chef Christopher Grossman is reviving American fine dining cuisine in Atlanta. With one of the deeper lists in town, this is the place to go to impress your wine-drinking friends who might be looking for back-vintage selections like the 1997 Schloss Schönborn Riesling. There are also splurge bottles such as the 1970 Rioja Gran Reserva from Faustino. A larger-than-expected list of wines by the glass (check out the Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne), as well as many half-bottle options await when you don’t want to commit to a full bottle. One of the city’s more impressive collections of dessert and sweet wines is also available to close out your night.

    88 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    3. Aria

    490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

    There aren’t many restaurants in town with a wine list as comprehensive as the one at Aria. One feature that sets Aria apart, aside from its depth, it that its list features at least one large format (1.5L) bottle that is regularly poured by the glass. Currently, this means you can enjoy glass pours of the 2016 Matthiasson Rosé of Grenache from a magnum. In the future look for similar magnum pours of the 2013 La Pépière Cru Clisson and the 2015 La Clarine Farm Tempranillo. The bottle list reads like a wine lover’s “best of,” including Chablis from Francois Raveneau and Tempranillo from Lopez de Heredia. There’s also plenty of back-vintage hidden gems like the 2002 Domaine du Viking Vouvray Cuvee Aurelie or the spectacular 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses.

    490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    4. Restaurant Eugene

    2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
    Resurgens Hospitality Group

    Restaurant Eugene has one of Atlanta’s best wine lists, period. There are numerous selections by the glass that you just won’t find anywhere else. The restaurant utilizes a Coravin system that allows the extraction of ounces of wines without removing corks from full bottles. This offers a rare opportunity to partake in by-the-ounce samples of such rarities as a 20-year-old Nikolaihof Riesling from Austria, or a 35-year-old Montepulciano from Italy’s Emidio Pepe. There is also an extensive bottle list that features rare wines and back vintages from some of the greatest estates in Burgundy, Loire Valley, and Italy.

    2277 Peachtree Rd NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309

    5. Miller Union

    999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

    Already well known for its James Beard award-nominated wine program, there is no shortage of exciting selections on the list. The by-the-glass offerings feature unique tastes of white wines like the Hondarrabi Zuri Getariako from Spain, and a funky red Zweigelt from Austria. Miller Union also boasts a nice collection of half-bottles for smaller crowds and magnums (1.5L) for your party needs. The bottle list runs the gamut from smartly priced Jura Chardonnay from Domaine de Montbourgeau to serious California gems from Donkey & Goat and Matthiasson. If you want to splurge, try the Barbaresco “Asili” from Bruno Giacosa currently waiting for you on the list.

    999 Brady Ave NW
    Atlanta, GA 30318

    6. Empire State South

    999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

    With one of the larger and more diverse lists in Atlanta, there are many ways to expand your knowledge thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. By-the-glass offerings include Riesling from Eugen Muller and beautiful Chenin Blanc from Chateau de Breze. There are numerous offerings from the Loire Valley and Spain on the list, as well as interesting and rare California wines such as the Ribolla Gialla from Matthiasson. If you’re lucky, at any given time you might even find highly allocated bottles by Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines, from two winemakers who have made Mourvedre from California something to swoon over.

    999 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta, GA 30309

    7. 8 Arm

    710 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

    8. Cakes & Ale

    155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

    Beverage director Jordan Smelt’s list at Cakes & Ale is one of the more creative presentations in that it features a changing Q-and-A section with current popular winemakers, as well as a new section called “Billy’s Picks,” with choices from owner and chef Billy Allin. Billy’s picks currently include cool bottles like the bubbly “pet-nat” from California’s Donkey & Goat. The wine list offers smart buys such as premier cru Chablis from Gerard Duplessis and Grenache from California’s Forlorn Hope, to the hippest of hipster Beaujolais from Julie Balagny (go order this wine, now). There are also plenty of great splurge bottles like the ultra-rare, cult favorite Cabernet Franc from Clos Rougeard and Champagne from Ulysse Collin. That’s not to mention large format (1.5L) bottles like the Chardonnay with Atlanta roots from Dirty & Rowdy, as well as natural Gamay from Loire Valley upstart Jeremy Quastana. This is a list of exciting varietals that will please both those new wine drinkers and serious wine geeks alike.

    155 Sycamore St
    Decatur, GA 30030

    9. Staplehouse

    541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

    Staplehouse features a wine list that is as thorough and thoughtful as the food that has cemented the restaurant’s place as one of Atlanta’s best. The list deserves a nod for both its extensive reach and the creative way wines are categorized and arranged. Selections are listed in categories, such as the red wines section which features “sophisticated drinking,” where you will find smart bottles like Cru Beaujolais from Domaine Diochon and Alvarelhao from California’s Forlorn Hope. There’s also a category for “in the sweet spot,” which features bottles such as a Blaufränkisch from Austrian producer Moric, as well as a stunning aged Barolo from Giacomo Borgogno. There are white wine categories of “aromatic and floral,” featuring Riesling from Hobo Winery in California, and the “layers & textures,” area where one can find Grillo from Tami in Sicily and a brilliant Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley made by California’s Arcadian Winery.

    541 Edgewood Ave SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312

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