Cleveland’s Top Wine Spots

Lettie Teague set out to explore Cleveland’s wine scene. Here are her five best finds.
Cuffs. Photo courtesy of Cuffs Wine Bar.
Cuffs. Photo courtesy of Cuffs Wine Bar.



Vue. Photo courtesy of Vue Restaurant & Lounge.


In Hudson, an affluent suburb, Vue has one of the Midwest’s best wine lists: It’s large and reasonably priced, with a wide range of choices from California Cabernet to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Grotto Wine Bar

Grotto Wine Bar. Photo courtesy of Grotto Wine Bar.

Grotto Wine Bar

In Shaker Heights, this new wine bar has a full dinner menu focusing on small plates and an ample selection of well-priced wines, with an emphasis on Italy.


This combination wine shop and Hermès purveyor has a cache of top Champagnes and Bordeaux—all bargains compared with the $4,200 Hermès leather saddle.

Cleveland Wine School

Classes are low-pressure (“leisure” is part of some course titles) at this east-side school. On Friday and Saturday nights, anyone can reserve a table and bring food to pair with the school’s wines.

Pat O’Brien’s of Landerwood

This friendly strip-mall store sells some fine California wines (like Insignia) and some very good imported bottles—not to mention cheese and coffee.

PUBLISHED April 2009