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October 01, 2013

Stellar Hotel Wine Programs

Courtesy of The Yeatman

Size doesn’t necessarily make a great wine cellar—surprise, focus and rarity add to a superior collection.

Whether you lean toward red wine, prefer white varietals or simply can’t say no to Champagne, finding the perfect bottle is easy—and fun—at hotels with standout wine programs. With stocked cellars and sommeliers ready to please, there is no need to rush through a list. The restaurants are intimate, the wine collections vast and the opportunities for discovery nearly endless.

As a thirst for not only wine but wine knowledge steadily expands, sommeliers are opening the doors to their cellars, creating new chances to connect and learn. The wonderful world of wine is now more accessible than ever, with special dinners, producers eager to meet their customers and personally tailored experiences.

Find sommelier-led tours and 82 by-the-glass choices at The Yeatman in Portugal. Les Crayères in Reims, France, watches over more than 400 labels of Champagne; Keswick Hall in Virginia puts local wines firmly in the spotlight. And while a large collection offers plenty of options, a solid focus and a bit of surprise never hurt. Cheers.