In Geilo, a town in southern Norway, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Restaurant Halling-Stuene offers one of the country’s more traditional dining experiences. The cottage-like venue features red wood panels, a stone fireplace and a cozy living room for lounging. Co-owner and chef Frode Aga serves simple preparations of authentic Norwegian and Scandinavian specialties, meaning plenty of wild game and rich cream sauces. The menu changes four times a year, with the exception of some classic dishes offered year-round. Though the restaurant is centered on tradition, the wine collection has grown with the times and stands among Norway’s best. There’s incredible depth on wine director Frank Berge Ytterland’s list, particularly in its strongest regions of France (especially Burgundy and Bordeaux) and Italy. Inside the recently expanded cellar that now houses 6,700 bottles, guests can taste a rotating selection of wines by the glass. These include coveted pours via Coravin from producers such as Gaja and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
May 9, 2019