Now that all adults of legal drinking age can get vaccinated, why not celebrate with friends and a bottle of wine.
Best ATL Wine Bars
May 25 is the perfect day to uncork a bottle or two because it's National Wine Day. Atlanta has fantastic wine bars and restaurants with award-winning wine programs, and these are a few favorites.
Brookhaven neighborhood wine bar Pour Bistro is the go-to spot for good wine, fine food, and a festive atmosphere. There are approximately 60 wines on the list, and 18 of them are available by the glass. If you aren't ready to settle on just one wine, try one of the four flights. Flights include a rosé selection, European whites, classic reds, and Old World reds. Wines come from around the world, including far-flung locales like New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay, and Europe. Pair your delectable glass of adult grape juice with a cheese and charcuterie platter, a flatbread, or hummus with tahini and lavash crackers.
Stem Wine Bar
From the team that brought you Seed Kitchen & Bar, Chef Doug Turbush brings modern American cuisine to Merchant's Walk in East Cobb. Stem Wine Bar is open for ticketed dining Wednesday and Thursday and regular dine-in Friday and Saturday. There are three flights available, including the GNO (Girls Night Out), which includes prosecco, rosé, and a Russian River Valley chardonnay. However, the decadent "Napa Reserve Experience" is worth ordering and includes wines from HG111, Cain Concept, and Diamond Mountain. Cheese and charcuterie boards are available, along with a large menu of shareable tapas items like marinated olives, baked goat cheese dip, and chorizo-stuffed dates.
CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
There are multiple CRÚ locations throughout the U.S., but the Atlanta spot is located in the Battery district. There are 30 wines offered by the glass at most locations and an extensive list of 300 bottle offerings. You won't find pinkies in the air at CRÚ. The team prefers a natural approach to wine and invites guests to put their noses to the glass and experience wines in their own way. Forget snobbery and order your favorite varietals and a snack for the table. There are two cheese boards and one charcuterie plate at the Georgia outpost. The "Chef's Pick" cheese plate includes two kinds of cheese from Vermont and one from California, while the "Around The World" plate includes sheep, cow/sheep, and goat cheese from California, Spain, and Italy.
Whether you're dining in or getting wine delivered, Terra Terroir is the "it" place for National Wine Day celebrations. Sommelier Chris Driollet has received top praise for his Zoom wine tastings, and the restaurant has received 12 consecutive Awards of Excellence for food and beverage from Wine Spectator. The menu currently features a 2018 pinot gris from the Willamette Valley, a 2015 Sangiovese from Tuscany, and a 2016 Rhone Chateauneuf de pape. Pair a lush glass of red with lamb lollipops with red pepper jam or a Manhattan Angus strip with blue cheese. Unlike many wine bars, Terra Terroir is kid-friendly and has a special menu for little ones with cheeseburgers, tacos, hot dogs, and grilled cheese.
The wine-friendly food menu at Vino Venue showcases bistro-style cuisine along with cheese and charcuterie boards. It also offers a range of wine tasting classes for everyone, from beginners to advanced oenophiles. Experience the unique tastes of varietals from around the world and learn how to pair wines with global cuisine. Joining the house wine club allows guests access to special pricing on bottles and free admission to up to six wine tastings of $20 or fewer. The by-the-glass list is perfectly curated for a selection for every palate. Sip and savor sparkling wines from Italy and France to start, and then go for a rich red from Argentina. If you're entertaining a group, there are 200 wines by the bottle available for retail price plus $20.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Inman Park is rife with fantastic food and drink establishments, and Barcelona Wine Bar stands out from the crowd (there's also a location in Westside Ironworks). The food and wine menus focus on Iberian staples that Chef Adam Esser grew up with in his grandmother's kitchen. The interactive online menu takes virtual guests through a series of questions to find them the perfect wine. For instance, if you're looking for a Spanish red, the selection menu will take you to a detailed wine list of all the Spanish Rojo offerings (which are numerous) divided into traditional and modern styles. In the Spanish whites category, the Barcelona menu has 19 different regions from which to choose. The staff is happy to help you make an educated choice based on your personal preferences.