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Andy Hayler

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Robert Louis Stephenson described wine as “bottled poetry”, and there are many occasions when you want to indulge in some fine wine to accompany your meal. Only a few restaurants have the inclination and resources to invest in a really top cellar, and for wine-lovers such lists are to be savoured, and examined at length. These days most restaurants put their lists online, allowing some leisurely advance planning of what to order. The 10 restaurants listed below all have unusually extensive lists, but also are well designed in terms of their growers and coverage.
The Vineyard

Not far west of London along the M4, The Vineyard in Berkshire has an exceptional wine list, with 3,000 different bottles to choose from, 100 of these by the glass. The list reflects the interest of the restaurant's owner, industrialist Peter Michael. It has particularly deep coverage of Californian wines, not just from Napa and Sonoma but less well-travelled Californian wine areas such as Paso Robles. The list also boasts many rare wines not often seen in the UK, such as the lovely white wines of Kistler. Those on a budget may like to try the excellent value wines of Bonny Doon.

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