BEST WINE LIST
Best Wine List is always a tough category. Best at what? Italian bottles? Affordable ones? Obscure artisan producers? Rare vintages? This year, since we've vowed to increase the frequency of our celebratory revelry—the recession is finally lifting, right?—we decided to pick a spot with the best selection of sparkling wines. That's why we'll be spending more nights at Barbette with a champagne flute in hand, watching the tiny bubbles glinting in the candlelight as they ascend to the surface. Barbette's bubbly selection is both broader and better priced than you're likely to find around town. Spanish cavas? Check. Italian proseccos? Indeed. French extra drys? Bien sur! A twosome can order by the glass and taste enough of these perky beverages to learn the differences among several styles. We like the way Barbette positions its bubblies as affordable luxuries instead of indulgences reserved only for special occasions. So don't wait for a wedding invitation or New Year's Eve to add a little sparkle to your life.