We’re not kidding ourselves. We know the runaway success of this Inman Park outpost of a small, Connecticut-based operation is due more to the sexy rustic-chic decor and menu of fun tapas than to the amazing, eclectic wine list with more than 250 selections. Hopefully, the knowledgeable servers are coaxing diners to discover the joys of powerhouse varietals from Spain, Portugal, and South America. On Sundays bottles sell for half-price, making forays into older Riojas or hearty Uruguayans educational and affordable.
Drink This: 2009 Vale d’Algares, a silky Portuguese white that expresses notes of melon and lemon as it warms: $48.
240 North Highland Avenue, barcelonawinebar.com
This listing originally appeared in our June 2012 issue.