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5 Best Wine Bars in the World

A great wine bar needs both spectacular wines and top-notch food.

To test how well a wine pairing works, do what the pros do: Take a sip of the wine and think about how it tastes, then take a bite of the food and think about how it tastes after the wine, then take a final sip of the wine. All the flavors will linger and meld beautifully (or not!).

These five wine bars on three continents serve some of the world's best pairings:

Best wine bars: Monvinic
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Barcelona: Monvínic

Around 30 bottles from Monvínic's list of nearly 4,000 are available by the glass; chef Sergi de Meià provides the top-notch tapas.

Best wine bars: Terroirs, London
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London: Terroirs

This natural-wine bar leans toward organic wines made with minimal intervention. Balanced against that purity are Terroirs' addictive "duck scratchings," basically salty nuggets of deep-fried duck skin.

Best wine bars: l'Avant Comptoir, Paris

Paris: L'Avant Comptoir

Many of the selections at star chef Yves Camdeborde's minuscule Paris wine bar—a tiny zinc counter seating 12—are from the French Basque regions where the chef grew up.

Best wine bars: Ash St. Cellar, Sydney
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Sydney: Ash St. Cellar

Australian cult producers like Mac Forbes share space on the wine list with international stars like Gaja at this elegant, cozy wine bar in the hip, maze-like Ivy restaurant-bar complex.

Best wine bars: Oeno at the Westin Hotel, dubai
Courtesy of Oeno at the Westin Hotel, Dubai

Dubai: Oeno Wine Bar

At this airy space in the Dubai Westin, diners go inside the temperature-controlled cave to choose from 60 cheeses to match a selection of 400 or so wines. The wine wall (photo) is part of the spectacle.

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Published April 2010
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