Fine Wines in Greater Phoenix

Many Restaurants in Phoenix Offer Wonderful Wine Selections

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••• Best Wine Lists in Arizona. © Judy Hedding

If you enjoy fine wines, there are plenty of restaurants in Arizona that can satisfy you! Each year Wine Spectator receives submissions and evaluates the wine lists of restaurants all over the country. There are three awards that are given to the restaurants that meet various criteria.

The Award of Excellence is given to a restaurant that has at least 90 choices on their wine list. The establishment offers a "well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style."

Restaurants earning the Best of Award of Excellence typically have at least 350 selections. The wine menu offers "either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several ​wine growing regions."

In 2003 there were 36 local restaurants that were recognized for their excellent wine lists by Wine Spectator. In 2007, 47 Phoenix area restaurants received recognition for their fine wine offerings. In 2008 there were 59; in 2009, 56 made the list; in 2010 and 2011 there were 55. There were 54 in 2012 and 50 in 2013 and 2014. Here is the 2015 list of the 45 restaurants with the best wine lists, arranged geographically.

Best Wine Lists in Mesa, Chandler and Tempe

  1. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Chandler
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  2. Kai
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Bordeaux, Burgundy
    Chandler
  1. Shula's Steak House
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Chandler

Best Wine Lists in Glendale

  1. Arrrowhead Grill
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Glendale

Best Wine Lists in Litchfield Park

  1. Litchfield's
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France, Argentina
    Litchfield Park

Best Wine Lists in Peoria

  1. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Peoria

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Page 2 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Scottsdale
Page 3 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Phoenix and Paradise Valley

Bonus Coverage: 

  • Best Wine Lists in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Marana)
  • Best Wine Lists in Northern Arizona (Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu City)

Best Wine Lists in Scottsdale

These restaurants in Scottsdale, AZ earned an award from Wine Spectator magazine in 2015 for their extensive and high-quality selection of wines.

  1. Alto Ristorante E Bar
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: Italy, California
    Scottsdale
  2. Bourbon Steak
    Best of Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Burgundy, Bordeaux
    Scottsdale
  3. Capital Grille
    Best Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  1. deseo
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Scottsdale
  2. Eddie V's Prime Seafood
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  3. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  4. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    North Scottsdale
  5. Fogo de Chão
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Argentina, Chile
    Scottsdale
  6. Il Terrazzo
    Best Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy, Spain
    Scottsdale
  7. J&G Steakhouse
    Best Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Scottsdale
  8. Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  9. Mastro's Ocean Club
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  10. Michael Dominick's Lincoln Avenue Prime Steak House
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Italy
    Scottsdale
  11. Olive & Ivy
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Spain
    Scottsdale
  1. Orange Sky
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Scottsdale
  2. Posh
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: International
    Scottsdale
  3. Roka Akor
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Scottsdale
  4. Ruth's Chris Steak House
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  5. Sassi
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Italy
    Scottsdale
  1. Talavera
    Best of Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Scottsdale
  2. Uncle Sal's Italian Restaurant
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Italy
    Scottsdale
  3. Village Tavern
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale
  4. Wildfish Seafood Grille
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Scottsdale

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Page 2 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Scottsdale
Page 3 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Phoenix and Paradise Valley

Bonus Coverage: 

  • Best Wine Lists in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Marana)
  • Best Wine Lists in Northern Arizona (Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu City)

Best Wine Lists in Phoenix and Paradise Valley

These restaurants in Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Arizona earned an award from Wine Spectator magazine in 2015 for their extensive and high-quality selection of wines.
 

  1. Beckett's Table
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: International
    Phoenix
  2. Donovan's Steak & Chop House
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Rhône, Italy, Bordeaux
    Phoenix
  3. Durant's
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Phoenix
  1. Geordie's Restaurant
    Best of Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Phoenix
  2. Lon's At The Hermosa
    Best of Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Paradise Valley
  3. Ocean Prime
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Phoenix
  4. Seasons 52
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: International
    Phoenix
  5. Southern Rail
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: Arizona, California, Washington
    Phoenix
  6. Steak 44
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Italy, France
    Phoenix
  7. T. Cook's
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Phoenix
  8. The Capital Grille
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, Italy, Bordeaux
    Phoenix
  9. The Compass Grill
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California
    Phoenix
  10. Vincent Guerithault On Camelback
    Best of Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: Bordeaux, California, Burgundy
    Phoenix
  11. Wright’s at the Biltmore
    Award of Excellence
    Wine Strengths: California, France
    Phoenix

Finally, the highest award given each year by Wine Spectator is the Grand Award.

A restaurant that achieves Grand Award status has "1,500 selections or more, and feature serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu and superior organization, presentation and wine service." No restaurants in the Phoenix area have been honored with the Grand Award since 2008, since Mary Elaine's at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale closed.

Tucson's Anthony's In The Catalinas was a Grand Award winner until the restaurant closed in 2013.

Congratulations to all the award winners. With all these restaurants to choose from, any wine enthusiast can find a wonderful place to enjoy fine food and a special wine to accompany the meal.

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Page 1 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Litchfield Park
Page 2 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Scottsdale
Page 3 >> Best Restaurant Wine Lists in Phoenix and Paradise Valley

Bonus Coverage: 

  • Best Wine Lists in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Marana)
  • Best Wine Lists in Northern Arizona (Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu City)