Top 10 Places to Have a Glass of Wine in Scottsdale
A good wine bar should serve a wide spectrum of customers from neophytes to wine aficionados, and present an ambiance that will create a lasting impression. Here, in no particular order, are the top restaurants and bars in Scottsdale where you can sip, sample and savor your favorite varietals.
From the hidden back entrance and gourmet small plates to a wine list that’s thousands of labels long, this speakeasy is a wine lover’s paradise. Try a wine flight or let your server help you navigate the wine list and select the best wine for your palate.
FnB’s front-of-the-house dynamo Pavle Milic believes strongly in drinking local wine with all the flavors of the local terroir. So it’s no surprise that this small culinary delight in downtown has a wine selection offering superior varietals and vintages produced in Arizona. Sure, Arizona wineries may not be as well-known as their Napa Valley cousins, but after tasting the delicious varietals, we think you’ll be delightfully surprised. If you’re feeling adventurous, try “Pavle’s Wine Blind Date” and let him choose one for you.
Located in downtown Scottsdale, this is the chic tasting room for southern Arizona’s Lawrence Duhnam Vineyards. Sample LDV’s hand-crafted, estate-grown Rhone-varietal wines in the tasting room or on one of two shaded patios. Plates of “little bites” are available to savor with your tasting. You also can browse the works of Arizona artists in the gallery or shop for unique gifts, Arizona food products and, of course, LDV’s award-winning wine.
Su Vino Winery in downtown Scottsdale offers a traditional winery setting but with a unique twist. Su Vino specializes in distinctive varietals and blends and can customize a glass of wine to anyone’s personal preference. How convenient is that? As you sip on your custom glass, enjoy it to the tunes of live jazz music. They also offer regular wine tastings and classes, which are ideal for wine lovers looking to broaden their knowledge of wine.
Also in downtown, the Aridus Wine Company tasting room offers award-winning wines from their family owned vineyard and winery in Willcox, Arizona. Since 2012, Aridus has become Arizona’s largest custom crush facility. At the height of production, the state-of-the-art can process upward of 700 tons of fruit. Utilizing the highest-quality red and white grape varietals, Aridus crafts its proprietary label that rivals the deep colors, rich aroma and complex flavors of the finest artisanal wines.
The lush waterfront patio at Olive & Ivy is a favorite spot to sip wine and bask in Scottsdale’s beautiful weather. Enjoy live entertainment on select nights and choose from a wine list featuring bottles from California and the Mediterranean. You’ll enjoy comfy patio seating complete with fire pits, a water fountain and views of the Arizona Canal.
This stylish, dimly lit bar at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale offers indoor and outdoor seating with stunning views of the Sonoran Desert and city of Scottsdale. Drinking a glass of your favorite wine while watching the sunset is the best way to indulge.
This charming eatery is nestled among the galleries of the downtown Arts District and presents a laidback atmosphere that makes you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. If you’re in the downtown area for the free Scottsdale ArtWalk, stop by Café Forte for a delicious meal and a glass of their delicious house wine before you go gallery hopping.
Wine tasting goes high-tech at Fleming’s with their award-winning custom iPad app, WiNEPAD. The app’s intuitive design helps you find the right wine to match your mood or your meal. You can also choose from the Fleming’s 100 – a collection of carefully curated wines available by the glass. This list reflects top-rated wines from around the world, including limited-allocation boutique wines and locally crafted selections.
The wine cellar at LON’s houses more than 500 food wines from American appellations to classic Old World vintages. The cellar, which features 1890s Chicago brick and reclaimed beams and trusses, also is an ideal setting for private dinners. Above the wine cellar, LON’s offers an elegant dining room and a beautiful outdoor patio with city and desert views and cozy fire places. LON’s is on property at the Hermosa Inn, which was once the private residence of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, whose original artwork adorns the walls of the Inn.