following hotels come highly recommended by some of our traveling
wino friends. In some cases, the recommendations come from
"the Big Boys" (The Wine Spectator, The Wine Enthusiast,
etc.) Let us know if you have a favorite wine-friendly hotel.
in Chianti - www.greve-in-chianti.com
- It's not a hotel site, but a web site for Greve in Chianti, the
market town of the Chianti Classico wine zone, and, more importantly,
for the winery accommodations offered by properties in the surrounding
de Paris – www.monte-carlo.mc/lodging-monaco/hoteldeparis/
- Monte Carlo
Wine caves in this hotel date to 1874 and contain 300,000 bottles
including 17 vintages of Chateau d’Yquem between 1936 and 1989.
– www.bellagio.com - Las
14 sommeliers work at the Bellagio overseeing a cellar with 115,000
bottles including all the California cult wines. WE
Breakers – www.thebreakers.com
- Palm Beach, Florida
There’s not much opportunity for cellars on Florida’s Atlantic
Coast. The wine cellar at
the Breakers is as opulent as the resort’s hand-stencilled ceilings
and 18th century Flemish tapestries.
The wine list features over 1,000 selections including 45
different Domaine de la Romanee – Conti bottlings (Chateau Latour is
in this group). WE
- Sea Island, Georgia (800-732-4752)
This island resort off the coast of Georgia boasts a Wine Spectator
Best of Award of Excellence for its 35,000 bottle cellar.
Eight members of the staff are certified sommeliers.
Championship golf at its best is available too.
If you dine at the Main Dining Room, be sure to bring your coat
de Crillon – www.crillon.com
- Paris, France
Called the most extraordinary hotel wine cellar in Paris, the wine
list features 750 selections with an inventory of 100,000 bottles.
Most are classic French, with a concentration among red
clarets, white Burgundies, and reds from the Rhone Valley.
This particular hotel and restaurant has a personal endorsement
from Wino Wally. (note to
Wino Bob: when you visit the site, Gastronomy in the English version is
the header for the listing of the hotel’s restaurants). WE
Regis – www.stregis.com -
New York, New York
A list featuring 1500-1600 selections can be procured from the
restaurant, bar, or room service.
The sommelier has accumulated one of the largest collection of
half bottles in the world. When
you visit the website, you can also access the other 9 St. Regis sites
throughout the world. WE
Hotel – www.raffleshotel.com
Rudyard Kipling was fond of staying at Raffles over a century ago.
Among the items in the hotel’s cellar are 1900 Chateau
Margaux, 1900 Chateau d’Yquem and 1900 Sandeman Vintage Port.
Also recommended here is the hotel’s original recipe
Singapore Sling at the Long Bar.
Check out the uniform of the doorman on the home page of this
Savoy – www.savoy-group.co.uk/savoy/savoy.html
- London, UK
While the cellars here used to be stables, there’s nothing equine
about these fine wines. Almost
400 selections are offered with a focus on French classics.
On the home page is listed an interesting wino fact:
when the club opened in 1889, an American, Harry Rosenfeld from
Chicago, used a sovereign coin to pay for a bottle of Moet Chandon
champagne. The sovereign
is still in the hotel’s safe. WE
Phoenician – www.thephoenician.com
- Scottsdale, Arizona
America’s first Master Sommelier, Greg Tresner, presides over 17
certified sommeliers with a 2000 label, 40,000 bottle inventory.
The strength of this list is California Cabernets including
Colgin, Screaming Eagle, Bryant, and Harlan Estate.
Check out the classical music on the website intro. WE