Never judge a book by its cover? Good advice, of course, but when it comes to wine lists a little effort in presentation goes a long way in improving the dining experience.
Tellers Restaurant—a high-quality, modern American “Chophouse” in Islip, New York State—is a case in point. The judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists awards were impressed by the “excellent clarity of layout” with a number of features designed to help diners rummage through the bins. A diverse (in both price and provenance) shortlist of 30 bottles offers a quick way into a cellar of more than 1,000 different labels, while a section entitled “Drink Local: In a New York State of Wine” picks out the best of the North Fork, Long Island, and Finger Lakes wine regions, and “Lost Treasures of the Vault” offers discounted mature wines.
What the WBWL judges described as “a very good choice from around the world” also includes some formidable verticals from California and Bordeaux and a compact, well-chosen by-the-glass list, as well as doing a short but sweet line in dessert wines—or “Afterthoughts”—from sweet Monastrel from Spain’s Jumilla to Efreni from Rhodes in Greece.