BEST OVERALL LIST
A Best Overall drink list can be the object of considerable deliberations amongst sommeliers. Factors such as philosophies guiding the selection of wines, spirits, beers and liquors, connections with the menus, and how to organize the drink menu are all critical. In the end, however, the focus must be on the client and on creating memorable experiences.
This year we have a tie between two winners. River Café has a clear philosophy underpinning their choices for well-crafted wines, small producers, and a generous Canadian content. The wine list at Fairview Bar and Restaurant shines by its apparent simplicity. It is organized by styles with a few chosen words to describe them and to reduce our guesswork.
Both lists offer labels at reasonable price points and exciting “verticals”.