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York Wine Garden is an ideal summertime hang-out.
John Reyes

10 Excellent Ann Arbor Wine Bars

From bars with bold, fruit-forward selections to restaurants specializing in Italian bottles, here’s where to drink wine right now

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York Wine Garden is an ideal summertime hang-out.
| John Reyes

Though cocktails steal much of the spotlight these days, wine still rules when it comes to enjoying the full restaurant experience. From refreshing rosés on a warm summer day to full-bodied reds paired with a delicious steak on a cold Michigan night (and everything in between), Ann Arborites love a good glass of wine.

Whether it’s the depth and breadth of the wine list, the quality of the wines, or how the menus inform and guide the readers, plenty of Ann Arbor restaurants deliver an outstanding wine experience. From an Italian restaurant with a stunning selection of Italian wines to a longtime Ann Arbor favorite with a cellar full of over 1,200 globe-trotting options to an eatery that specializes in best wines to pair with Asian flavors, here are the Ann Arbor area restaurants that can satisfy any oenophile.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Earle Restaurant

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With a cellar containing more than 1,200 selections, this longtime Ann Arbor favorite is one of the top restaurants in Michigan for wine lovers. The wine list covers a wide range of regions, each with multiple producers and vintages.

The red awning at the entrance to the Earle is shown on a rainy day in Ann Arbor.
The exterior of the Earle.
John Reyes

Pacific Rim by Kana

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Though diners are well-versed at pairing wines with European dishes, many are less capable when it comes to selecting the ideal wine to accompany Asian flavors. Even experienced wine drinkers have difficulty finding the right pairings. Pacific Rim features many wines rarely seen on other lists (including a nice selection of sake), perfect to pair with menu items like their miso-marinated sablefish and five-spice duck.

Wine bottles are displayed on a wooden rack in an empty dining room.
The dining room at Pacific Rim with just a few of their wines.
Pacific Rim

Vinology

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As the name suggests, wine is front and center at this downtown restaurant and wine bar. Vinology features weekly wine dinners with James Beard award-winning chef Alex Young tailoring a multi-course menu to match a selection of featured wines. The glass-enclosed wine cellar is available for a secluded private dining experience.

Three glasses of wine on a white counter.
A wine flight at Vinology.
Vinology

Spencer

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Attention to detail and a commitment to the finest ingredients shines at this quaint downtown restaurant, leading the restaurant to national recognition. That dedication also applies to the wine list, where high quality selections from around the world are available in-house and online. (Following summer break, dinner service resumes July 28.)

A man reaching toward s shelf full of wine bottles.
Spencer’s wines, available for dine-in or retail to-go.
Spencer

Taste Kitchen

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Taste Kitchen’s ambiance and seafood-focused menu with French and Vietnamese influences makes for an elegant date night experience. The wine list features a vast selection of wines from around the world, including the area’s largest selection of sparkling wines. The wine list is broken out by both color and flavor profile so that both wine novices and experts can find that perfect aromatic white or earthy red with ease.

Wine botttles and menus join a white flower on a table.
An elegant placesetting at Taste Kitchen
Taste Kitchen

Mediterrano

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The Mediterranean region shines on both the food and wine menus at Mediterrano, where dishes like grilled Spanish octopus and Moroccan ribeye are served alongside an extensive selection of Spanish, French, and Italian wines. However, the new world wines from premiere Western Hemisphere wineries will please fans of more fruit-forward styles.

One of Ann Arbor’s most popular gathering spots, York wine garden features an ever-changing schedule of food trucks and pop-ups in addition to mainstays Ricewood and Bao Boys. While a lot has changed since its days as a specialty grocer, the huge retail wine selection has not.

Zola Bistro

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While Zola Bistro’s thoughtfully made wine list is more compact than as others listed here, an emphasis on juicy varietals complement the Mediterranean-influenced fare. The staff ensures that there’s a good selection of sparkling wines in the collection to pair with brunch at this popular weekend destination.

A glass of white wine next to a salad.
A crisp white wine paired with one of Zola Bistro’s salads.
John Reyes

Paesano Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Pairing food and wines that hail from the same region is not just a matter of placemaking; usually both the cuisines and the wines are developed to enhance each other. Italy is perhaps the best example of this as its lighter, acidic wines improve and are improved by Italian food. Paesano’s large collection of all-Italian wines perfectly accompany its rustic Italian pastas.

A dark wood, diamond-shaped wine display takes up the whole wall behind a long wood table and a wall with a chalkboard.
A private dining table at Paesano.
Paesano

Bellflower

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This downtown Ypsilanti spot has been collecting accolades for its ever-changing menu featuring a healthy dose of influences from Louisiana. The cuisine can make pairing tricky, but the wine list has smaller producers and styles that pair well with the diverse spices and techniques used in the cuisine.

Two cloth-lined baskets each with three wine bottles.
A small sampling of Bellflower’s wine selection.
Bellflower

The Earle Restaurant

The red awning at the entrance to the Earle is shown on a rainy day in Ann Arbor.
The exterior of the Earle.
John Reyes

With a cellar containing more than 1,200 selections, this longtime Ann Arbor favorite is one of the top restaurants in Michigan for wine lovers. The wine list covers a wide range of regions, each with multiple producers and vintages.

The red awning at the entrance to the Earle is shown on a rainy day in Ann Arbor.
The exterior of the Earle.
John Reyes

Pacific Rim by Kana

Wine bottles are displayed on a wooden rack in an empty dining room.
The dining room at Pacific Rim with just a few of their wines.
Pacific Rim

Though diners are well-versed at pairing wines with European dishes, many are less capable when it comes to selecting the ideal wine to accompany Asian flavors. Even experienced wine drinkers have difficulty finding the right pairings. Pacific Rim features many wines rarely seen on other lists (including a nice selection of sake), perfect to pair with menu items like their miso-marinated sablefish and five-spice duck.

Wine bottles are displayed on a wooden rack in an empty dining room.
The dining room at Pacific Rim with just a few of their wines.
Pacific Rim

Vinology

Three glasses of wine on a white counter.
A wine flight at Vinology.
Vinology

As the name suggests, wine is front and center at this downtown restaurant and wine bar. Vinology features weekly wine dinners with James Beard award-winning chef Alex Young tailoring a multi-course menu to match a selection of featured wines. The glass-enclosed wine cellar is available for a secluded private dining experience.

Three glasses of wine on a white counter.
A wine flight at Vinology.
Vinology

Spencer

A man reaching toward s shelf full of wine bottles.
Spencer’s wines, available for dine-in or retail to-go.
Spencer

Attention to detail and a commitment to the finest ingredients shines at this quaint downtown restaurant, leading the restaurant to national recognition. That dedication also applies to the wine list, where high quality selections from around the world are available in-house and online. (Following summer break, dinner service resumes July 28.)

A man reaching toward s shelf full of wine bottles.
Spencer’s wines, available for dine-in or retail to-go.
Spencer

Taste Kitchen

Wine botttles and menus join a white flower on a table.
An elegant placesetting at Taste Kitchen
Taste Kitchen

Taste Kitchen’s ambiance and seafood-focused menu with French and Vietnamese influences makes for an elegant date night experience. The wine list features a vast selection of wines from around the world, including the area’s largest selection of sparkling wines. The wine list is broken out by both color and flavor profile so that both wine novices and experts can find that perfect aromatic white or earthy red with ease.

Wine botttles and menus join a white flower on a table.
An elegant placesetting at Taste Kitchen
Taste Kitchen

Mediterrano

The Mediterranean region shines on both the food and wine menus at Mediterrano, where dishes like grilled Spanish octopus and Moroccan ribeye are served alongside an extensive selection of Spanish, French, and Italian wines. However, the new world wines from premiere Western Hemisphere wineries will please fans of more fruit-forward styles.

York

One of Ann Arbor’s most popular gathering spots, York wine garden features an ever-changing schedule of food trucks and pop-ups in addition to mainstays Ricewood and Bao Boys. While a lot has changed since its days as a specialty grocer, the huge retail wine selection has not.

Zola Bistro

A glass of white wine next to a salad.
A crisp white wine paired with one of Zola Bistro’s salads.
John Reyes

While Zola Bistro’s thoughtfully made wine list is more compact than as others listed here, an emphasis on juicy varietals complement the Mediterranean-influenced fare. The staff ensures that there’s a good selection of sparkling wines in the collection to pair with brunch at this popular weekend destination.

A glass of white wine next to a salad.
A crisp white wine paired with one of Zola Bistro’s salads.
John Reyes

Paesano Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

A dark wood, diamond-shaped wine display takes up the whole wall behind a long wood table and a wall with a chalkboard.
A private dining table at Paesano.
Paesano

Pairing food and wines that hail from the same region is not just a matter of placemaking; usually both the cuisines and the wines are developed to enhance each other. Italy is perhaps the best example of this as its lighter, acidic wines improve and are improved by Italian food. Paesano’s large collection of all-Italian wines perfectly accompany its rustic Italian pastas.

A dark wood, diamond-shaped wine display takes up the whole wall behind a long wood table and a wall with a chalkboard.
A private dining table at Paesano.
Paesano

Bellflower

Two cloth-lined baskets each with three wine bottles.
A small sampling of Bellflower’s wine selection.
Bellflower

This downtown Ypsilanti spot has been collecting accolades for its ever-changing menu featuring a healthy dose of influences from Louisiana. The cuisine can make pairing tricky, but the wine list has smaller producers and styles that pair well with the diverse spices and techniques used in the cuisine.

Two cloth-lined baskets each with three wine bottles.
A small sampling of Bellflower’s wine selection.
Bellflower

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