In our opinion, pretty much any occasion is a good excuse for a glass of wine. Rough day of work? Wine. Have a reason to celebrate? Wine! Date night? Wine, for sure. End of the week (or the weekend)? Wine, again.
While there’s nothing wrong with sipping a Sancerre on your deck or a Cabernet on your couch, some occasions call for leaving the house. Next time you’re looking for a nice glass of vino (a.k.a. tonight), we highly recommend heading to one of our favorite wine bars around town, listed below. The ambience, as well as the knowledgeable staff, will make your wine taste even better — we promise.
(Not a big wine person? If you prefer your drinks shaken or stirred, click here for a list of our six favorite cozy cocktail bars.)
We must begin our wine journey with Park City’s O.G. wine bar and lounge, located on lower Main Street. The OTC team harvests grapes, and then creates their own blends right here in Park City. Try one of the red or white blends on tap or go for their Old Town Outlaws cab.
We love that this bar offers two distinct areas for dining — the more boisterous bar area as well as the more subdued Wine Dive side. Plus, there’s a gorgeous rooftop for when the weather clears up! At Wine Dive, you can choose from a variety of vinos on tap, by the glass or by the bottle — all of which pair perfectly with their wood-fired pizzas or appetizers, such as ahi poke tower.
A recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2018, Cena serves up Italian-inspired cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere in the Chateaux Deer Valley. The extensive wine list provides a wine for every type of palate that’ll pair with their range of delicious dishes from veal bolognese to grilled branzino.
You know any good chef trained in Italy has to know his wine. And Alex Bartolo, the chef/owner of Bartolo’s. certainly does. The wines on the list stand up to his flavorful, hand-made pasta dishes as well as the heartier dishes such as the duck, pork chop and trout piccata.
This Southern-inspired Main Street spot recently renovated their lower level to create a chic and cozy wine bar, complete with a wine cellar housing all their varietals. The bartender will give you various pours of wines as you wait for your table, or head down after you eat for some after-dinner sips.
If you like your vino with a view, head up to the Montage. Although the name focuses on liquor, the Burgers and Bourbon restaurant boasts a nice wine list at the bar, as does the Vista Lounge. During the ski season, don’t miss the Après Lounge, located right behind the resort, featuring caviar, local cheeses and charcuterie designed to pair with the Veuve Clicquot champagne.