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Vacation in a Bottle

The hot new hotel amenity? Curated wine lists from the world’s next great wine regions.

Photography Sally Painter


Oregon Wines
Hotel Vintage, Portland
Reopened last year after a $16 million renovation, this Pearl District hotel (above) by Kimpton goes all-in on the wine theme. Corks, barrels, and bottles feature heavily in the design, and each of the 117 guestrooms is dedicated to an Oregon winery, with bottles provided. The hotel’s Pazzo Ristorante prepares inventive pastas that pair beautifully with a wine list heavy on Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and Italian offerings. Pay special attention to bottles from the nearby Willamette Valley, which is often called the Burgundy of America and produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the country.

Sicilian Wines
Sixty Soho, New York City
The centerpiece of this recently renovated boutique property on Soho’s quiet Thompson Street is Sessanta, a coastal Italian restaurant that debuted in June. In a space that draws on the aesthetics of luminaries like architect Giò Ponti and director Federico Fellini, Sicilian-American chef Jordan Frosolone offers a menu that remixes the assertive flavors of Italy’s seafood-mad south—expect lots of anchovies, Calabrian chilies, and hearty ragus. To match these big flavors, the wine list is filled with equally bold choices from Sicily, Sardinia, and provinces in the boot’s heel and toe, regions still unknown to many Americans.

Texas Wines
JW Marriott, Austin
People have been growing wine grapes in Texas since the mid-17th century, but despite the state’s 350-plus vineyards, it remains an under-the-radar wine region. Inquiring oenophiles can sample Texan vintages (often compared to Portuguese wines) at downtown Austin’s new JW Marriott. The hotel’s Corner restaurant serves up regional offerings like white chicken chili and braised short-rib tacos alongside homegrown brews and booze. For a taste of Texas terroir, try the rich, slightly spicy Tempranillo from Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall or the crisp Vermentino from the Duchman Family Winery, less than an hour’s drive away.

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