Calgary’s Best Restaurants for Wine

Whether it’s an iconic big red or a quirky, under-appreciated varietal, these Calgary restaurants (plus one in Lake Louise) are known for having great wines curated by knowledgeable pros.

Photo by Steve Collins.

A great restaurant wine list offers both variety and depth, guiding serious oenophiles and novices alike to the perfect pour, while complementing the food to create harmony and balance. And behind every great wine list is a savvy hospitality professional who knows and loves each bottle like it was one of their own children.

Here are some key spots in Calgary (plus one famous dining destination in Lake Louise) that are known for their spectacular cellars and wonderful wines.

 

Annabelle’s Kitchen Downtown

Leslie Echino examines a bottle in her downtown restaurant. Photo by Steve Collins.

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Barbarella Bar/Major Tom Bar

Brad Royale, corporate sommelier for Concorde Group, at Barbarella Bar. Photo by Steven Collins.

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Teatro

Teatro’s Taylor Simpson in the restaurant’s famous cellar in the vault of the former Dominion Bank. Photo by Steve Collins.

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River Café

Sommelier Bruce Soley on the patio at River Café in Prince’s Island Park. Photo by Steve Collins.

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Vintage Group

Vintage Group corporate beverage director Dean Norris. Photo by Steve Collins.

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The Post Hotel Dining Room

Head Sommelier Julian Simard-Gillis in the legendary Post Hotel wine cellar. Photo by Steve Collins.

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This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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