Pretentious and snobby wine bars are, thankfully, a thing of the past -- at least as far as we're concerned. We like our wine bars fun and full of life with an outstanding staff who will refrain from laughing at our questions and will happily pair our food with a wine of their choice.
Speaking of food -- we don't care if it's a cheese board or a plate of perfectly seared duck breast, it has to be good.
With so many awesome wine bars in the Valley, it was really hard to narrow it down to just ten, but we gave it our best shot. In no particular order, here are our favorites.
10. Down Under Wines & Bistro -- Nearly a decade ago, owner and Australian native Robert Carpenter quit his day job and moved out to Arizona to follow his passion for wine, and we're so happy he did. Where else in Phoenix can you pair Australian wines with crocodile spring rolls? Phoenix's only Australian-themed wine bar offers an extensive selection of wines from Australia, Spain, Argentina, California, and Oregon and pairs them with eccentric Aussie-Asian fusion eats like kangaroo burgers, seared barramundi, and grilled lamb chops.