If you savor every sip of Chardonnay or perk up at the sight of a glass of Pinot, then this itinerary will help you navigate your purple-lipped pursuit of vino in Buffalo.
With a restaurant name based on the Greek god of wine, how could this NOT be your first stop? Wine Spectator has recognized Bacchus’ wine list for 10 consecutive years. Come in and see what you think.
Again, with a name like that…
The brick interior and soft lighting inside this wine bar makes it the perfect place to knock back a bottle of Bourdeaux. Contrary to their name, they do have a FEW small plates available should you wish to pair your wine with a snack.
THE LITTLE CLUB
This neighborhood gem prides itself on introducing patrons to wines from under-represented regions and serving it to them in an atmosphere that is approachable, hip and inviting.
WINKLER & SAMUELS
This new addition to Buffalo’s wine scene offers weekly wine classes, a retail store and wine storage (if you’re in town for a bit and need temperature-controlled accommodations for your wine!) They’re located at 500 Seneca so plan to pop in at W&S and then grab a bite at Compass Run next door.
SALVATORE’S ITALIAN GARDENS
Ranked as one of the finest wine selections in Buffalo year-over-year, a trip to Salvatore’s will not be forgotten. Known locally for their incredible restaurant décor, Salvatore’s has a wine list long enough to make even the finest sommelier’s heart skip a beat. Plan your visit on a Wednesday and it’s half price bottles of wine priced under $100.
ARROWHEAD SPRING VINEYARDS
A visit to the Niagara Wine Trail is a must for any wine lover on their visit to Western New York. Each of the 16 wineries found on the Trail offers something special to complement your tasting experience, be it natural history, ghosts, modern art or more. Don’t have time to hit all of them? Narrow down the list as you wish but be sure Arrowhead Vineyards remains. They’re known for producing high-quality red wines, in a State known for their whites!
If you’re looking to pick up a bottle or two during your stay, no problem! If your accommodations have you staying downtown, head to the corner of Main & Tupper and stop in at City Wine Merchant or it’s a quick hop over to Paradise Wine in the Five Points neighborhood. If you’re anywhere else in Buffalo, visit one of Premier Wine & Spirits three convenient locations.
Did you know Buffalo is a border city to Canada? In fact, right across the Niagara River lies Niagara-on-the-Lake, considered to be one of the great wine producing regions in North America. Lucky us and lucky you! Pack the passport, cross the Rainbow Bridge and continue on your quest for fabulous wine!
And a few perfect pairings…
Wine and cheese? It’s always a gouda idea. Head to one of the two Lexington Co-op locations to see what fabulous formaggio you can pair with that bottle of Syrah you picked up at Arrowhead.
Second only to a cheese-pairing is a chocolate-pairing. Pick up a box of their dark chocolate truffles and make the EXTREMELY important decision on which is granted the last hoorah for your taste bud – that final sip or that last sweet bite?