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We used to be intimidated by really good wine. Our palates just aren’t sophisticated enough to detect those hints of clove and black current in that cab sav, or to know whether that really expensive bottle really is better than the one that’s on sale for $6.
When it’s done right, though, wine tasting can be a fun, sensory adventure. Thankfully, Detroit has plenty of unstuffy places that serve affordable, but really tasty vino: spots where oenophiles and wine neophytes alike can find a glass of something they enjoy sipping. Read on for five of our favorite spots to drink wine in Detroit.
This new addition to downtown’s Harmony Park seduces with its sultry design, inviting atmosphere and scrumptious menu. The servers and bartenders and friendly, professional, and quick to help you find something on the menu that suits your taste in wine or food. Vertical offers an impressive selection of vino from all over the globe, which you can sip on site or purchase to take home.
Stop by for Happy Hour when select pours cost just $5. Share a plate of duck fat fries, olives served with curried honey or grapes rolled in goat cheese and pistachios with a friend (or all to yourself; we won’t judge).
The antithesis of wine snobbery exists in Motor City Wine (MCW), a wine bar and retail shop in Corktown. Their walls are stacked with a meticulously curated selection of bottles that are affordable and approachable. The selection changes with the seasons, so you can enjoy a refreshing rose in the summer or a beaujolais nouveau in the fall.
All of MCW’s wine is available for purchase at wholesale prices, and they’ll cork any bottle for a flat rate of $8. While you sip, nibble on a plate of cheese and charcuterie.
The only thing that makes us happier than a rich cup of coffee in the morning is a bright glass of wine in the evening. Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company has managed to seamlessly combine these two delightful pleasures into one stylishly fabulous establishment. The Midtown coffee bar, located at the corner of Woodward and Alexandrine, is a haven for coffee connoisseurs and oenophiles alike.
Great Lakes wine selection focuses on sustainable and organic producers.
This must be a mistake. How did a whisky spot end up on the wine bar list?
Actually, Whisky Parlor – located above Grand Trunk Pub downtown – is just as much a haven for wine lovers as it is for cocktail aficionados. The wine flights are especially fun, and reasonably priced.
It’s unwise to drink all that booze without something to nibble on, so make sure you order a plate or two from the succinct selection of shareable bites. The menu has several items that sound fancy – caviar, Iberico ham, cream-filled burrata, truffle oil – but are served in a relaxed, comfortable way so it’s not intimidating at all.
Take a trip to Spain – the largest producer of wine in the world – without leaving Midtown. Whether you like bold, full bodied reds or light and crisp whites, you’ll find something wonderful to sip on while you indulge in snackable tapas like steamed mussels, bacon wrapped dates, or goat cheese with caramelized onions. Maybe you’d like a glass of sherry to compliment your plate of golden fried churros with chocolate dipping sauce. They also serve bubbly glasses of traditional Spanish cava.
La Feria’s prices are affordable, with glasses starting at just $5.