1. Solo Vino Wines
OK, so this isn’t a wine bar, but owner Chuck Kasinski offers some great tastings at his Cathedral Hill wine shop, Solo Vino Wines, while customers browse the options. If you find a wine you like at one of the following bars, then you’ll probably find the bottle or a similar profile at Solo Vino.
2. W.A. Frost
If you want a great glass of wine in a classic Saint Paul spot, head to W.A. Frost in Cathedral Hill. The wine cellar boasts one of the most robust wine lists available in the Twin Cities, and we recommend asking for any current wine flight with the food pairing.
3. Cafe Latte
Everyone in Saint Paul knows that the food—especially the desserts—at Cafe Latte is a casual dining staple in Saint Paul (we’re looking at you, turtle cake). That doesn’t mean that you should overlook the wine and pizza bar in back, though. After 5 p.m. each night and all day on Saturdays, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy Grand Avenue.
4. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
Hello, happy hour. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro’s wine selections focus on bottles from sustainable, organic farms, and the handcrafted cocktails shouldn’t be ignored either. The happy hour prices (afternoon and late-night) really seal the deal.
5. Luci Ancora
Be inspired by the wine and food of Naples when you visit Luci Ancora. Every evening, this Highland Park wine bar creates four foods unique to the menu that night, and a $25 date night tasting menu on Tuesdays and Thursdays is the best way to experience what this restaurant has to offer.
Meritage is arguably one of the best restaurants in the metro area, and French cuisine usually goes best with French wine. Reservations are always recommended at Meritage, unless you’d like to try your luck on getting a seat on the terrace or at the oyster bar.
7. Joan’s in the Park
When you want to feel classy at a reasonable price, head to Joan’s in the Park. It’s known for incredible locally-sourced food with a wine selection focused on affordable American varieties.
8. Herbie's on the Park
Named after Saint Paul's hockey legend Herb Brook, Herbie's on the Park has a strange way of feeling upscale while welcoming wily hockey fans.
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