Airport Wine Bars/Restuarants

What airports in the southwest and west have great wine selections plus food...can you or your colleagues provide a list of your favorites. Will be traveling PHX, LA, San Diego, Seattle etc... Hope you can help...thanks...Neil

Answer From Expert Roger Bohmrich MW

Fortunately for all of us who enjoy wine and food, the number of worthwhile options in U.S. airports has increased dramatically in recent years. In the West, several major hubs now have wine bars, often with interesting menus. Based on various critical reviews, I would cite the very popular Vino Volo chain, with locations at Denver International, John Wayne (Orange County), Seattle-Tacoma, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. You should as well check out SeaLegs Wine Bar at LAX, opened in 2015. Also in Denver, try Root Down, a local restaurant with an airport branch. In San Diego, you have two options which have been highly rated for wine drinkers: Beaudevin and Bubbles Seafood + Wine Bar. At Palm Springs International, look for California Vintages. When you are traveling to Washington State, you can sample local wines at Vintage Washington at Seattle-Tacoma. With all these choices, I'm sure you'll find something fun and enjoyable. Happy travels! (According to available information, all these outlets were open in mid-2016, but this could always change, so check online just to be sure if your itinerary includes one of these cities.)

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with a leading European company. Previously, he served as senior executive of importers Frederick Wildman & Sons. In recent years, Roger has judged wine competitions in Argentina, Turkey and China. Roger became one of America's first Masters of Wine in 1993.

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