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5 Best Wine Lists

Jackie Bryant, Bonnie Davidson, Angelina Lewis, Kalah Siegel and Jennifer Yun | June 29, 2017 | Feature National

Part of our 50 finest things happening in San Diego's food scene right now.
Only superbly crafted wines, like Heitz Cellar's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, appear on the wine list at Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN RESTAURANT & BAR The recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar is known as much for executive chef Jason Knibb’s splurgeworthy California cuisine as for the extensive, estimable wine list curated by Summer Haines, director of food and beverage. 910 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.964.5400

California-inflected French cuisine and a deep wine program make Paon an oenophile’s dream. Master sommelier Gino Campbell’s by-the-glass list includes stunners like a 2012 Stolpman Vineyard syrah, while his complete wine list goes on for 20 pages and spans the globe. Daily samplings occur in the wine bar and tasting room. 2975 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, 760.729.7377

Fine dining icon Mister A’s boasts a seriously well-rounded wine list. Dinner with S.D.’s best views and a Louis Jadot white Burgundy? Yes, please. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377

Brandon Boghosian, the sommelier and beverage director at Juniper & Ivy, pours approximately 30 wines by the glass, another 120 by the bottle and over 100 off-list reserves. Special acquisitions include a 1996 R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja, made with viura and malvasia grapes. 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036

For 10 years, Carl Schroeder’s daily-changing menu at Market Restaurant + Bar has been perfectly paired with wines handpicked by Wine Director Alex Meghdessian. Selections skew high-end and California-strong. 3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.523.0007


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