Mindy and I love our red wine when we're out to dinner. I think an impressive wine list can tell a lot about a restaurant.

The only rule I incorporated as I compiled my Top 8 Best Wine Restaurants is that each of the restaurants had to include a wine list on their website. The following, in my humble opinion, are the 8 Danbury area restaurants with the best wine selections.

  • 1

    Nouveau Monde Wine Bar - Sandy Hook

    Nouveau is the gold standard when it comes their selections of wine by the glass and by the bottle. I have never seen anything like it! You'll find Nouveau at 6 Washington Ave. in Sandy Hook. They were also the runner-up for Best Wine Bar/Reader's Choice in Connecticut Magazine's Best Restaurant 2017 edition.

  • 2

    Sarah's Wine Bar/Bernard's Restaurant - Ridgefield

    You can't beat a fine dining restaurant like Bernard's for having an award winning wine list. Make your reservation at 203-438-8282 and bring along lots of cash. The food and wine are top notch and worth every penny.

  • 3

    Barberies Black Angus Grill - Danbury

    The Black Angus Grill is one of the best steak houses in Danbury with an impressive wine selection, not to mention their baked potatoes which are the size of South Dakota! You'll find Black Angus at 5 Eagle Road in Danbury directly across from the Holiday Inn. Call 203-826-7406.

  • 4

    Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar

    Yelp reviewers call Portofino's cozy and comfortable with mouth-watering northern Italian cuisine and an impressive list of wines. You'll find this excellent restaurant at 213 Greenwood Ave. Call 203-797-8131.

  • 5

    Terra Ristorante - Danbury

    Terra is one of the newest additions to Danbury's fine dining line-up, and what an impression it's made on Yelp reviewers so far! Patrons have raved about the amazing food, the wonderful bartenders, the fine dining casual atmosphere, and the fair prices. Check out Terra's wine selections right here. Located at 15 Milestone Road inside the new Hotel Zero in Danbury. Call 203-730-9595.

  • 6

    Castello Ristorante - Danbury

    Castello's is located at 2 Padanaram Road, across the street from the North St. Shopping Center. Not only is this authentic Italian restaurant one of the very best in Danbury, but the wine list is long and impressive! Many of their entrees are prepared table side and the service is old-school Italian, much like you were a guest in their home. Call 203-743-3828 and checkout their lengthy wine list by clicking here.

  • 7

    Ibiza-Tapas - Danbury

    You'll find Ibiza Tapas at 93 Mill Plain Rd. in Danbury. If you're a small plate fan, this is the best in Danbury. Many Yelp reviewers called Ibiza like having Spain in Danbury. The wine list is chock full of an impressive selection of Spanish wines. Call 203-616-5731 and take a peek at their wine selection by clicking here.

  • 8

    Lucia Ristorante - New Milford

    Lucia Ristorante, located at 51 Bank St. in New Milford earns rave reviews from happy restaurant goers. From their pizza to their seafood to their homemade pasta, and even to their bar drinks, happy diners loved just about everything at Lucia. Call 860-355-5100 and click here for a look at their wine selections from around the world.

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