Best BYOBs in America: New York, New Orleans, Napa, San Francisco, Chicago
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Wine-Shop Owner: Frank Giresi of Bowery & Vine
At his newly relocated shop, Giresi now has more room for affordable bottlings from prestigious regions and a tasting counter.
Favorite BYOB Restaurant: A Casa Fox
Caterer Melissa Fox runs this homey new Lower East Side Latin spot, which makes excellent empanadas with fillings like pulled pork.
Preferred Bottle To Bring: 2006 Durigutti Bonarda ($12)
This earthy Argentinean red is Giresi’s go-to match for A Casa Fox’s beef chimichurri skewers and big-flavored Nicaraguan carne chorizada.
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Wine-Shop Owner: Jon Smith of Cork & Bottle
Smith focuses on eclectic wines from around the world, priced from $7 to $17. He’s opened an adjoining wine bar, Clever.
Favorite BYOB Restaurant: Lola’s
At this tiny, laid-back spot, chef Angel Miranda prepares bold Spanish-Mediterranean dishes, like seafood paella and garlicky shrimp.
Preferred Bottle To Bring: 2006 Bodegas Pirineos Mesache Blanco ($12)
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Wine-Shop Owner: Daniel Dawson of Back Room Wines
Dawson’s store is a one-stop source for small-production bottlings from hundreds of boutique California wineries.
Favorite BYOB Restaurant: Bleaux Magnolia
Since this Creole restaurant opened in 2007, chef Matt Mermod’s sassafras-glazed pork belly has become a Valley favorite.
Preferred Bottle To Bring: 2006 Whetstone Jon Boat Pinot Noir ($39)
A concentrated Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir like this zingy one goes particularly well with Bleaux Magnolia’s rich, spicy duck jambalaya.
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Wine-Shop Owner: Ceri Smith of Biondivino
Smith’s Russian Hill shop has an encyclopedic selection of Italian wines, from famed Barolo to the obscure Schioppettino.
Favorite BYOB Restaurant: Boulettes Larder
Located in the Ferry Building, Boulettes Larder is a terrific retailer of artisanal goods and a breakfast and lunch hot spot.
Preferred Bottle To Bring: NV Bruno de Conciliis Selim ($21)
Smith brings this crisp, sparkling Campania white to brunch to drink with Boulettes’ beignets and lamb’s lettuce–and–tongue salad.
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Wine-Shop Owner: Nathan Adams of Red & White
Adams and Sean Krainik supply the Bucktown area with wines from small producers and lesser-known places.
Favorite BYOB Restaurant: Mado
Just down the street from Red & White, chefs Robert and Allison Levitt butcher their own meat for braises and spit-roasting.
Preferred Bottle To Bring: 2004 Caparone Aglianico ($19)
From a tiny Italian specialist in Paso Robles, California, this Aglianico is lush and fruit-focused—great with Mado’s house-cured guanciale.