10 Grand Award–Winning Wine Lists You Can Get To-Go

With the coronavirus crisis closing dining rooms, some of the world’s best wine cellars are open for takeout

10 Grand Award–Winning Wine Lists You Can Get To-Go
Virtually browse the selections at Wally's in Beverly Hills, Calif., through the Grand Award winner's online shop. (Andrea D’Agosto)
May 7, 2020

Since Wine Spectator’s Grand Awards were first established in 1981, visiting one of these winners has meant an immersive dining experience, complete with exceptional atmosphere and top-notch hospitality. But in the age of the coronavirus crisis, Grand Award winners across the United States that have stayed open for takeout and delivery have had to reimagine that experience. They’ve come up with creative solutions, from totally transforming their business (like Canlis in Seattle) to hosting fun and informative virtual wine tastings. The 10 restaurants below have reworked their wine-sales models, too, and now offer their entire wine lists to go. Take advantage of the chance to indulge in world-class wines in the comfort of your home, while supporting these one-of-a-kind spots.

In addition to these Grand Award winners with their full wine lists for sale, several others are offering abbreviated versions, and some are selling rare labels from their cellars.

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s nearly 3,800 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 100 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

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Note: Opening hours and menus are subject to change as the industry continues to adjust to evolving regulations.


Acquerello

1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, Calif.
Telephone (415) 567-5432
Website www.acquerellosf.com
Grand Award

Gianpaolo Paterlini in Acquerello’s cellar
Gianpaolo Paterlini serves as wine director for Acquerello’s acclaimed wine program, which is now available for takeout. (Melissa Barnes)

Acquerello is known for contemporary Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list packed with premier selections; now the Grand Award winner has reimagined itself as “Acquerello at Home.” Customers can pick up a prix-fixe dinner by chef de cuisine Seth Turiansky, with each of the four courses changing each week, plus optional add-ons like caviar and a curated cheese selection. Those add-ons are also available without the purchase of the prix-fixe meal. All of Acquerello’s 2,300-plus wine selections are available to order with any of the packages, and customers can contact wine director Gianpaolo Paterlini for personalized guidance. He’ll help curate picks from the Grand Award–winning program, which excels in Italy, especially Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as California and Champagne.


Barolo Grill

3030 E. Sixth Ave., Denver, Colo.
Telephone (303) 393-1040
Website www.barologrilldenver.com
Grand Award

Barolo Grill is a beacon of northern Italian cuisine in Denver, dedicated to local produce and environmentally conscious winemakers. Within this philosophy, owner and wine director Ryan Fletter has assembled a noteworthy cellar of more than 14,000 bottles, earning a Grand Award since 2018. Now serving the Denver community with curbside pickup, Barolo Grill is still offering its full, 2,100-label wine list, and at discounted prices. This brings a range of pairings for chef Darrel Truett’s menu of Italian favorites, and for Barolo Grill’s list of pantry provisions and pasta-making kits. The wine list focuses on Italy’s Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as France’s Burgundy and Champagne regions, with several verticals that include Barolo’s Elio Altare and Giacomo Borgogno. There’s also an abbreviated list focused on Italian wines, with most under $50.


Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, Wash.
Telephone (206) 283-3313
Website www.canlis.com
Grand Award

Canlis employee delivering order to customer’s car
Canlis has dramatically transformed its Seattle operation in response to the coronavirus crisis. (Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

With a curated delivery program and a new motto, “We’ve got this, Seattle,” Canlis is striving to keep its city supplied with fine American cuisine and bottles from its Grand Award–winning wine list. Canlis’ cellar of 19,000 bottles, comprising more than 2,500 labels, is certainly up to the task, with a wide selection of wines from France, Italy, California, the Pacific Northwest and more. Their full list remains available for delivery, with important highlights from regions like Sonoma, Walla Walla Valley and Gevrey-Chambertin, just to name a few. Wine director Nelson Daquip has also curated a shorter to-go selection, matched with chef Brady Williams’ daily family meal options like pork shoulder in green coconut curry or braised Wagyu short rib. To help the regional farming community, you can also purchase boxes of local produce. Furthering Canlis’ at-home experience are live-streamed music sessions and Friday night bingo.


Capo

1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.
Telephone (310) 394-5550
Website www.caporestaurant.com
Grand Award

Capo has been working to provide a world-class wine collection to the community of Santa Monica, Calif., since 1998, and it’s not stopping now. While the dining room is closed, you can still buy wines from wine director Kalani Lau’s 2,500-selection list, and everything is 20 percent off. The cellar is stocked with picks from around the globe but highlights California, France and Italy, with particular standouts Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany and Piedmont. For the dining side of your takeout or delivery order, Capo is partnering with its several sibling restaurants to feature a range of foods to choose from, whether you’re seeking a high-end “Capo experience” complete with caviar and chef Bruce Marder’s signature dishes, or more casual Mexican fare like tamales and tacos.


Commander’s Palace

1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, La.
Telephone (504) 899-8221
Website www.commanderspalace.com
Grand Award

Dan Davis in Commander’s Palace
Wine director Dan Davis is spearheading a new wine concierge program at Commander’s Palace. (Sara Essex Bradley)

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Commander's Palace in the history of New Orleans’ restaurant scene. It has been a mainstay of Creole cuisine since 1893, a tradition continued under chef Tory McPhail, and enhanced by one of the region’s top wine lists. To make sure that New Orleans’ wine fans are still well-supplied, Commander’s and its wine director, Dan Davis, have started their Wine Concierge Program, offering more than 2,500 labels for delivery or pickup. Sourced from a 25,000-bottle cellar, which has held a Grand Award since 2012, Commander’s clientele can treat themselves to top wine picks from California, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and several French regions. From grand cru Burgundies, to top Washington Cabernet and Sonoma Chardonnay, there’s plenty to sip during this year’s virtual jazz festivities.


Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y.
Telephone (212) 575-5129
Website www.delfriscos.com
Grand Award

Crystl Faye Horton in the cellar at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in New York
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in New York is offering steep discounts on the wine list managed by wine director Crystl Faye Horton. (Matt Furman)

Even without its stately dining room and superior tableside service, there’s a lot to enjoy from Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in New York. The Grand Award–winning location of the nationwide chain is featuring staples from chef Zack Brown’s classic menu for curbside pickup, plus family-style packages priced by person and customizable box lunches starting at $18. For every two box lunches sold, Del Frisco’s is donating one to a first responder or essential worker. The restaurant is also selling a range of grocery items, and for more upscale home cooking, an $85 steak meal kit that comes with ingredients and instructions. All 2,600 selections on the wine list are for sale as well, with a whopping 50 percent off wines under $400. Make the most of the unprecedented deal in the strongest regions of wine director Crystl Faye Horton’s list: California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Italy and Spain.


Marcello’s La Sirena

6316 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Telephone (561) 585-3128
Website www.lasirenaonline.com
Grand Award

Marcello’s La Sirena sommelier decanting a red wine
Support the family-owned Marcello's La Sirena by buying bottles from its classically focused wine program. (Andrew Meade)

Marcello's La Sirena is now Marcello To Go, with family-style dinner boxes for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays. The $250 meals for four change regularly but typically include about five Italian courses (think Scottish salmon with lemon and capers, eggplant parmesan and chicken cutlet in porcini sauce), a bottle of white wine and a bottle of red. You can add more bottles to your order from the 1,500-selection wine list built by chef-owner Marcello Fiorentino, which shows off the diversity of Italy’s wine regions and excels in Piedmont, Tuscany, California, Bordeaux and Burgundy. The restaurant is working to support its vendors, too, encouraging customers to order high-quality ingredients like truffles and fresh produce straight from their suppliers.


Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak Hotel

Post Oak Hotel, 1650 West Loop S., Houston, Texas
Telephone (713) 993-2500
Website www.thepostoakhotel.com/restaurants/mastros-steakhouse
Grand Award

Sommelier Travis Hinkle pulling a wine from the cellar in Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak Hotel
The wine team at Mastro’s Steakhouse, including sommelier Travis Hinkle, is available to help guests navigate the thousands of selections. (Shannon O'Hara)

Houston’s Post Oak Hotel houses Texas’ only Mastro's Steakhouse, one of Landry’s hospitality group’s many restaurants throughout the country. The hotel also holds one of the state’s top wine cellars, a 3,700-label selection which earned its first Grand Award in 2019. Mastro’s is currently opening up its cellar of 35,000-plus bottles as part of its pickup and delivery programs, with discounts up to 50 percent. Under wine directors Keith Goldston and Shaun Prevatt, the sommelier team will be assisting Mastro’s clientele in picking the right bottle from among the cellar’s regional focuses: California, Italy’s Piedmont and Tuscany, and France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux. There are standout verticals from wineries including Chateau Montelena, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Fontodi and many more. Post Oak Hotel pulls from the collection to curate themed wine packages for curbside pickup, like “pizza wines” and “date night.”


Restaurant 301 at the Hotel Carter

Carter House Inns, 301 L St., Eureka, Calif.
Telephone (707) 445-8062
Website www.carterhouse.com
Grand Award

On California’s North Coast, inside a boutique hotel that the Carter family created from the ground up, Restaurant 301 earned its first Restaurant Award in 1995 and has held a Grand Award for more than two decades. While they can’t welcome guests into the unique location, owners Mark and Christi Carter are offering a limited food menu from chef Olivia Resendes, available for curbside pickup. Mark also oversees the wine list, which is currently for sale at retail prices, opening the expansive cellar of nearly 3,700 options to wine lovers near and far. Bottles can either be picked up like food orders, or shipped directly to customers’ homes. Peruse top-notch selections from the diverse program with worldly highlights, from classic regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italy to New World ones like California, Washington and Australia.


Wally’s

447 Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Telephone (310) 475-3540
Website www.wallywine.com
Grand Award

It isn’t surprising that the wine list at Wally's offers such an extensive journey through top regions, winemakers and vintages. It is, after all, drawn from the cellar of a nationally recognized retailer and auction house, and has held a Grand Award since 2017. Wally’s entire wine list is now available as part of their takeout program, joined by a selection of pizzettas and regional dishes from chef Ryan Kluver, as well as additional options like cheese plates, dinner boxes for two and meal kits for home cooking. The restaurant’s 35,000-bottle selection places emphasis on notable wineries from California, Italy and several French regions. Opening with a thorough Champagne display, the list’s 3,500 labels include many rarer bottlings like Armand Rousseau’s grand cru Burgundies, as well as verticals of top Bordeaux châteaus and California Cabernets.


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