Ahead of a favorite “holiday,” National Wine Day on May 25, consider these stellar North American based properties and one emerging vacation destination, each with standout wine bars in idyllic destinations worth a trip.
The Post Oak at Uptown Houston | Houston, Texas
- About: The only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa in Texas and Houston’s only AAA Five-Diamond rated property, The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the city’s ultimate destination for discerning travelers. Owned and developed by billionaire entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta (of Landry’s restaurants and NBA team, The Houston Rockets), the sleek, design-centric tower offers a collection of ultra-modern accommodations and luxe amenities and serves as Fertitta’s love letter to the city, complete with museum-quality art, a $5 million wine collection, a 20,000 square foot world-class spa, and a collection of exclusive guest experiences, titled “Uniquely Post Oak,” designed to give guests unparalleled access to Houston’s best offerings.
- Why to “Wine” Here: Stella’s Wine Bar, named after the Fertitta family’s beloved pet pig Stella, is the hotel’s new, intimate and charming wine bar offering access to the Post Oak’s award-winning Cellar of more than $5 million of the world’s most sought-after vintages including wines from the 1800’s- unparalleled for a bar Stella’s size! Impressive vintages include Château Gruaud-Larose 1825 ($80,050), Château Gruaud-Larose 1865 ($60,050) and Château Gruaud-Larose 1890 ($40,050). Stella’s wine selection has been curated by Master Sommelier Keith Goldston, America’s 47th Master Sommelier and the youngest to pass all three parts on the 1st go.
- About: The Stowaway Wine Bar in the sustainable town of Seabrook on the rugged Washington Coast – about a 3 hour drive from Seattle – features a 4,600 bottle cellar and views of the Pacific Ocean. The 1900 sq. foot restaurant, bar, and wine shop is the first and only of its kind on the Washington Coast.
- Why to Wine Here: It’s the only wine bar on the Washington Coast, so in addition to a killer wine selection, you’ve got the Pacific Ocean views. And Seabrook, carefully developed over 18 years by Casey Roloff and his wife Laura, is one of the prettiest towns we’ve ever seen.
- About: The exquisitely appointed Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond rated resort in Miami Beach is now celebrating 10 years at Miami’s best address. From the moment guests step into the jewel box lobby of the St. Regis Bal Harbour, they are transported to an experience where no luxury is out of reach and service is unrivaled. Every room has an ocean view, and the incredible suites all boast panoramic ocean views from multiple spacious balconies, giving guests unparalleled views of the turquoise Atlantic Ocean.
- Why to “Wine” Here: The St. Regis Bal Harbour’s all-glass temperature-controlled Wine Vault in the St. Regis Bar offers an exemplary collection of the world’s finest wines and rare vintages, including the most extensive champagne and Burgundy in all of South Florida.
San Ysidro Ranch |Montecito, California
- About: Located only 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, the legendary San Ysidro Ranch is marked by its secluded setting, incredibly lush grounds, star-studded guest list and rich history dating back to 1893. And while the guest list ranging from Winston Churchill and John and Jacqueline Kennedy to Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Bieber is impressive, it’s the property’s intentionally private accommodations and unparalleled service that make it one of the world’s most sought-after destinations for a romantic getaway or special family retreat. The resort boasts award-winning restaurants, a year-round heated swimming pool, new Plunge Pool Bar, Salon & Spa and access to 17 miles of hiking trails. Rates start at $2,495 with all-inclusive dining.
- Why to “Wine” Here: Award-winning restaurants, including Stonehouse and Plow & Angel, offer exceptional service, mouthwatering cuisine and an impressive collection of rare wine and spirits. Stonehouse is home to a 12,000-bottle cellar offering some of the most sought-after vintage varietals in the world, including a 70-vintage vertical collection of Chateau Petrus, the most extensive restaurant offering of Petrus in the US. The vertical includes every bottle produced by the renowned Bordeaux estate reaching back to the famed 1945 vintage. Since 2014, the Stonehouse Restaurant has been the proud recipient of Wine Spectator’s highest honor, the Grand Award. This prestigious distinction, bestowed on only 97 restaurants worldwide, recognizes “extraordinary commitment to wine service.” In addition, The Ranch is home to a very impressive collection of rare spirits, the crown jewel being the Balvenie Chapter 4 Collection, the only restaurant offering in North America. Guests can also book private in-cottage wine tastings with the resort’s Advanced Sommelier Tristan Pitre.