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In Search of a Wine Bar

C. Simon | Jan 27, 2003 03:32 PM

I am aware of Les Zygomates, which I think does a fairly good job. Is there anywhere else in the area with the following key ingredients for a good wine bar?

1) A passion for wine.

The person at the helm must have a tremendous passion for wine -- to the point that it disturbs all of his friends. Someone who sleeps and breathes wine. The folks at Wine Bottega display this type of enthusiasm, but of course they don't have . . .

2) A bar

Troquet fails this test, because, despite the number of wines available, it doesn't have a real bar! Perhaps I'm being picky, but a wine bar should have a bar.

3) Good Selection of Wines by the glass

In addition to sheer quality of the wine, two other factors make a selection good. One, the list turns customers on to wines to which they might not otherwise have access. Two, the list changes often.

Again, I think Les Zygs gets decent marks in all three categories. Is there anywhere else? It doesn't even have to call itself a wine bar. Often, a good restaurant will have a nice bar and an exciting sommeilier who likes to shake up the wine list often. HELP!

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