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Best Wine List in a Restaurant 

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.

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