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Detroit Wine Bars | Drinking in the D, Politely
Metro Detroit has restaurants and bars known for great food, great beer and great cocktails, but The D is also full of some of the most interesting wine bars in the state. From The Rattlesnake Club to the brand new Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, here are some of the best Detroit wine bars:
The Rattlesnake Club
One of Detroit’s finest dining experiences, The Rattlesnake Club is located alongside the Detroit River with a great view of the Detroit skyline. The Rattlesnake, along with Executive Chef Chris Franz, is not only known for its outstanding menu using seasonal, organic and sustainable ingredients, but also features regular food and wine events, including wine maker dinners and tastings on the riverfront patio. The Rattlesnake hosted the third-annual Michigan Wine Showcase in the spring and hosts weekly Garden Terrace Wine Tastings throughout the summer. Rattlesnake sommelier Claudia Tyagi is also one of the few women in the world to earn the title of Master Sommelier and constantly searches for the finest vintages to add to the cellar.
Motor City Wine
Motor City Wine is cozy, casual and cool. Motor City Wine prides itself on blending wine, music and art to offer wine lovers and budding enthusiasts a chance to try wines from small, family-owned vineyards for a reasonable price. From reds and whites, produced in Spain, Chile, Italy and Traverse City, to the friendly staff at Motor City Wine, you are sure to have a great time and pick up some knowledge along the way. You can try five wines by the glass for only $10 and sip and swirl your way from one continent to the next, or sign up for one of MCW’s monthly tastings with varieties of wine paired with cheeses, charcuterie and antipasti. Motor City Wine is a wine boutique, so you can bring home bottles of your favorite vintage or sign up for their Wine Club.
Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro, Birmingham
Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro has one focus in mind — wine. The menu is designed around drinking wine; the layout lends a great energy to the room but also allows for a low-key, romantic atmosphere on the edges. Tallulah features more than 200 bottles with a diverse selection priced anywhere from $8 to $24 a glass. Owner Mindy VanHellemont has attempted to balance old world and new world producers and styles with the ultimate goal of helping patrons find the perfect wine to suit individual palates — and succeeded. The food is remarkable as well. Zagat named Tallulah one of the 11 best amuse bouches in the United States ("amuse the mouth" — single bite-sized hors d’oeuvres) earlier this year (try the Brandade Croquette with Rouille) and Executive Chef Daniel Campbell’s farm to table approach is a perfect compliment to the star of the show — the wine.
Vinotecca, Royal Oak
If Vinotecca hung all of its awards on the walls, there would be no place left for anything else. HOUR Detroit magazine’s best wine list and best wine bar in 2011, and Real Detroit Weekly and Metro Times best wine bar in 2011, Vinotecca has been racking up awards by offering patrons a wine and food experience inspired by all corners of the globe since opening in 2007. Recently renovated with high-backed, dark leather booths, wood floors and a modern lounge feel, Vinotecca is cool and classy. Vinotecca categorizes its wines from big, crisp and sweet to earthy, smooth and luscious and offers them by the glass, carafe or bottle with knowledgeable staff on hand to answer any of your questions. Love a particular vintage? You can take bottles home at discounted retail prices.
The Hill Seafood and Chop House, Grosse Pointe Farms
The Hill Seafood and Chop House is known as much for its amazing cuisine as it is for its extensive selection of wine.
The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
You might not expect an exceptional wine experience from a coffee roasting company, but The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company looks to be "An Institute for Advanced Drinking," according to owner James Cadariu.
Crust Pizza and Wine Bar
For a more casual setting to sip wine, try Crust Pizza and Wine Bar in Rochester Hills. They specialize in Neapolitan pizza and great wine, with more than 35 choices of primarily American vintage priced to encourage experimentation, sampling and sharing.
What are some of your favorite places in Metro Detroit to experience wine? Who did we miss? Share your finds with our readers in the comments below.