Best Wine List New York 2013 - Pearl & Ash
Don't be fooled by the downtown vibe and low markups at Pearl & Ash—the wine list is large, and it's serious. But every patron has purchasing power, regardless of income, and curious drinkers are rewarded as much as rich ones. Patrick Cappiello (of Gilt fame) helms the wine program at this sliver of a restaurant on the Bowery, and he'll help you dig for treasures in the Loire and Jura, or sample the southwest U.S., as bottles from both Arizona and New Mexico have earned coveted slots. Sip a sherry or try a Bual Madeira post-dinner by the glass; both are delicious and often underappreciated wines. Of course, no serious list would be complete without the three Bs of aspirational drinking—Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Barolo. You'll find plenty here, plus a selection of older vintage magnums, for when the occasion requires them. Cappiello covers many bases, but, perhaps most importantly, he strives to showcase smaller producers of artisan wines as handcrafted as his list.