With three sommeliers on staff and a Wine Enthusiast declaration of being one of the "100 Best Wine Restaurants in America," The Little Nell's wine program is hard to beat. There are thousands of carefully curated bottles from which to choose if one of the many wines by the glass doesn't suit the mood. But once there, true oenophiles will stay for the food--and perhaps another glass or two.
One might not expect to find one of the town's best wine lists at a sushi restaurant, but owner Michael Goldberg would have it no other way. It's not just a sushi restaurant, and of course, it's not just a wine list. A robust selection of Bordeaux is matched only by Champagne, and there's a everything from exotic whites to pinot noir in between.
The Hotel Jerome's newly remodeled interior lends itself to Aspen's historic past and embraces contemporary alpine--so does its bar area. The wine list, designed by Wine Director Jill Zimorski, shows off international favorites like albarino and a selection of ports, while showcasing Napa and Sonoma valley reds and whites.
Because Ray Isle, the wine editor for Food & Wine, curates the menu himself, the list here is represents the hottest trends around the country while embracing timeless classics. Often, he picks specific vintages to be paired with the menu, which is created by the country's Best New Chefs.
With more than 1,000 labels in the cellar, discerning palates will find everything from Burgundy to Barolo. The sommelier is happy to help wade through the thick wine list, but so are the knowledgable bartenders in the cooly lit lounge area too.