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posted on August 4, 2017
Motor City Wine
review by Eric Vrtis

It’s not much to look at, but if you’re into wine and music, Motor City Wine is a must-stop. Owners David and Melissa Armin-Parcells book live jazz and deep vinyl DJ sets every night in their wine bar ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
Vertical Detroit
review by Eric Vrtis

As the name suggests, the focus is on wine—1,000 wines by the bottle and 70 by the glass, including many verticals. While they’ve stocked the cellars with heavy hitters like Lafite, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Opus One, owner Remy Lutfy and sommeliers Joey Lopaka and Devin Muylle ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
The Royce
review by Eric Vrtis

Angela Rutherford and Ping Ho opened The Royce last fall, a wine bar and retail store in Grand Circus Park. It’s an elegant space, housed in the historic Kales Building, designed by Albert Kahn, with art deco lighting and library ladders to access the walnut shelves. Those shelves ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
Selden Standard
review by Eric Vrtis

Evan Hansen credits a glass of Schäfer-Fröhlich 2002 Nahe Riesling for turning him on to wine. He’s found an outlet for his obsession at Selden Standard, opened in late 2014 with chef Andy Hollyday, a three-time James Beard Awards ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
review by Eric Vrtis

Chartreuse is the color and focus of this space in Midtown, a stone’s throw from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Owner Sandy Levine has amassed an enviable collection of the French digestif, with bottles dating back to the 1940s, plus Elixir Végétal, Liqueur du 9e Centenaire ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
Wright & Company
review by Eric Vrtis

When chef Mark Djozlija and cocktail whiz Dave Kwiatkowski talked about opening a restaurant, they wanted a place for people like themselves, who consider cheese-smothered chips and beer just as viable for dinner as a coursed-out meal with cocktails and wine. They’ve created that place in ...Read the full review

posted on August 4, 2017
Mabel Gray
review by Eric Vrtis

Although it’s a 20-minute drive from downtown, Mabel Gray is worth the trip. In a tiny space in Hazel Park, a suburb just north of Detroit, chef James Rigato has carved out a reputation for smart, inventive takes on the foods and flavors of his native Michigan. Fish ...Read the full review