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Michelle and Chris Gerard

Where to Drink Wine in Metro Detroit Right Now

13 great spots to order a glass or a bottle in the city

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Vertical Detroit
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

When it's not quite hot enough for a thirst-quenching brew, and not quite cold enough for a warming whiskey the natural answer is a glass of wine. While Metro Detroit's beer scene gets plenty of buzz, there are still plenty of places to grab a glass of pinot in the city. Peruse the list below for 13 Detroit places that have the grapes.

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1. MotorCity Wine

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1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 483-7283
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A no fuss wine bar and shop. The proprietor gives good wine education to go with his cheese and cured meats. Buy a bottle at retail price, and for a small corkage, enjoy right then and there or order from a wide selection at the bar including a few boxed wines (no one will judge you). For the full MCW experience, visit on weekend evenings for live music, DJs, and the Sundaylicious pop-up dinner series. [Pho

2. Mudgie's Deli

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1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Whether you're looking for quantity or simply a really nice glass of wine, Mudgie's delivers. Order from the bar list or find bottles in the shop for as little as $5. Bar manager Putnam Weekley also leads wine tastings on Tuesday nights for those looking to expand their palates and enjoy a drink with fellow wine lovers.

3. The Whisky Parlor

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608 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

The name may be a bit counterintuitive, but this cozy second-floor bar offers a wine list to match its hard liquor game. Select a wine flight or order a glass and visit on Friday and Saturday nights for DJs sets and live jazz and blues bands.

4. Roast

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1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2500
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In a town still developing its wine scene, Roast is a perennial favorite. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a floor to ceiling, glass-enclosed wine rack, which is actually more like a cube with wine on all sides. Happy hour during the week starts at 4 p.m. (only in the bar). [Photo

5. Wright & Co.

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1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-7711
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Obsessed with the candid and enthusiastic wine descriptions on this menu. There are literally pages upon pages of choices. Each listing has been thoughtfully curated — not only using standard descriptors of fruit, spices, and earth, but also noting the wine’s structure, which are house favorites, and using metaphors such as “if-soil-were-flowers aromas” to bring the wines to life in one’s imagination. [Photo

6. Small Plates

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1521 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-0702
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With a trim but interesting wine list, Small Plates is a good place get out of that chardonnay routine and try something new. Mixing some Michigan wines with a West Coast-heavy selection, one could create an ad hoc side-by-side tasting of say, two different California pinot noirs. [Photo

7. Vertical Detroit

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1538 Centre
Detroit, MI 48226

The Ashley's underground wine bar and restaurant was created by oenophiles for oenophiles, with 52 wines served by the glass and another 500 by the bottle. The restaurant is also flanked by a bottleshop for those looking to take something home.

8. La Rondinella

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2453 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

This lovely Eastern Market eatery serves modern Italian flavors and a wine list to match. Find reasonably priced Italian wines by the glass on this well-curated list and a knowledgeable staff ready with suggestions.

9. Iridescence

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2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI 40201
(866) 782-9622
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Locate the top of the Motor City Casino, this restaurant's wine list is also at the top. Literally hundreds of bottles to choose from, though they're sorted in unusual ways: some by grape varietal, some by country. But either way, there’s definitely some excellent wines and have the Wine Spectator awards to prove it. [Photo

10. Selden Standard

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3921 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 438-5055
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With an overall focus on quality, Selden’s wine list aims for pleasingly drinkable. Pairing well with food, the menu skews heavily toward European wines and is rounded out with a few sakes and fortified options. [Photo

11. Mabel Gray

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23825 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 398-4300
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A constantly evolving menu keeps Mabel Gray sommelier Rachel Van Til on her toes. Fortunately diners are safe in her hands as she develops pairings for the evening's tasting menu or pours out glasses for a la carte customers. Expect plenty of bubbles, rosés, and whites to play off chef Rigato's spicy, briny, and acidic foods.

12. Bacco Ristorante

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29410 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 356-6600
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As one might anticipate of an Italian restaurant, Bacco’s wine list does an excellent job of capturing the breadth of Italian grapes and wine regions. The by-the-bottle list is even more impressive. For those interested in purchasing retail bottles to take home, tours of the wine cellar are available. [Photo

13. The Royce Detroit

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76 W Adams Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 481-2160
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14. Cata Vino

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4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 285-9081
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15. SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

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438 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3992
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16. Prime + Proper

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1145 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 636-3100
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17. Marrow

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8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 652-0200
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1. MotorCity Wine

1949 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

A no fuss wine bar and shop. The proprietor gives good wine education to go with his cheese and cured meats. Buy a bottle at retail price, and for a small corkage, enjoy right then and there or order from a wide selection at the bar including a few boxed wines (no one will judge you). For the full MCW experience, visit on weekend evenings for live music, DJs, and the Sundaylicious pop-up dinner series. [Pho

1949 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

2. Mudgie's Deli

1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226

Whether you're looking for quantity or simply a really nice glass of wine, Mudgie's delivers. Order from the bar list or find bottles in the shop for as little as $5. Bar manager Putnam Weekley also leads wine tastings on Tuesday nights for those looking to expand their palates and enjoy a drink with fellow wine lovers.

1300 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Whisky Parlor

608 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The name may be a bit counterintuitive, but this cozy second-floor bar offers a wine list to match its hard liquor game. Select a wine flight or order a glass and visit on Friday and Saturday nights for DJs sets and live jazz and blues bands.

608 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Roast

1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

In a town still developing its wine scene, Roast is a perennial favorite. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a floor to ceiling, glass-enclosed wine rack, which is actually more like a cube with wine on all sides. Happy hour during the week starts at 4 p.m. (only in the bar). [Photo

1128 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Wright & Co.

1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Obsessed with the candid and enthusiastic wine descriptions on this menu. There are literally pages upon pages of choices. Each listing has been thoughtfully curated — not only using standard descriptors of fruit, spices, and earth, but also noting the wine’s structure, which are house favorites, and using metaphors such as “if-soil-were-flowers aromas” to bring the wines to life in one’s imagination. [Photo

1500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Small Plates

1521 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

With a trim but interesting wine list, Small Plates is a good place get out of that chardonnay routine and try something new. Mixing some Michigan wines with a West Coast-heavy selection, one could create an ad hoc side-by-side tasting of say, two different California pinot noirs. [Photo

1521 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Vertical Detroit

1538 Centre, Detroit, MI 48226

The Ashley's underground wine bar and restaurant was created by oenophiles for oenophiles, with 52 wines served by the glass and another 500 by the bottle. The restaurant is also flanked by a bottleshop for those looking to take something home.

1538 Centre
Detroit, MI 48226

8. La Rondinella

2453 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

This lovely Eastern Market eatery serves modern Italian flavors and a wine list to match. Find reasonably priced Italian wines by the glass on this well-curated list and a knowledgeable staff ready with suggestions.

2453 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

9. Iridescence

2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI 40201

Locate the top of the Motor City Casino, this restaurant's wine list is also at the top. Literally hundreds of bottles to choose from, though they're sorted in unusual ways: some by grape varietal, some by country. But either way, there’s definitely some excellent wines and have the Wine Spectator awards to prove it. [Photo

2901 Grand River Avenue inside the MotorCity Casino Hotel
Detroit, MI 40201

10. Selden Standard

3921 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

With an overall focus on quality, Selden’s wine list aims for pleasingly drinkable. Pairing well with food, the menu skews heavily toward European wines and is rounded out with a few sakes and fortified options. [Photo

3921 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

11. Mabel Gray

23825 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

A constantly evolving menu keeps Mabel Gray sommelier Rachel Van Til on her toes. Fortunately diners are safe in her hands as she develops pairings for the evening's tasting menu or pours out glasses for a la carte customers. Expect plenty of bubbles, rosés, and whites to play off chef Rigato's spicy, briny, and acidic foods.

23825 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

12. Bacco Ristorante

29410 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

As one might anticipate of an Italian restaurant, Bacco’s wine list does an excellent job of capturing the breadth of Italian grapes and wine regions. The by-the-bottle list is even more impressive. For those interested in purchasing retail bottles to take home, tours of the wine cellar are available. [Photo

29410 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

13. The Royce Detroit

76 W Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

76 W Adams Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Cata Vino

4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

4130 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

15. SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

438 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

438 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

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16. Prime + Proper

1145 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

1145 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

17. Marrow

8044 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

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