Best Wine List in a Restaurant - 2012
Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood
Yes, when it comes to potent potables, Mike Shannon is best known for extolling the virtues of an ice-cold frosty one, but his namesake restaurant is a steak house first and foremost, and that means a lengthy list of wines. Expensive wines. Shannon's dulls the price-point sting by making it easy to navigate the selection. If you put stock in Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and other publications' scores as measures of a great wine, the Shannon's list arranges these, with their scores, under "Wines with Recognition." A Robert Parker-lauded Bryant Family St. Helena cabernet sauvignon for a cool $800 too rich for you? Howzabout a 97-point Parker wine, the Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon 2008, for a mere $285? Though the list features at least a few bottles of all the major varietals and regions, this being a steak house, California cab is the focus, with many of the "trophy" names (Opus One, Silver Oak) represented. Yes, the list represents a splurge, but when you reach for your glass beside a gorgeous medium-rare rib eye in the restaurant's main dining room, you'll find it hard to argue against such indulgence.