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Which restaurant has the best wine selection in the city?

Milwaukee's best restaurant wine list, 2012

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2012. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on

Milwaukee is a famous beer town, but make no mistake about it – we're serious about our wine, too. The city's diverse dining scene offers some great wine lists. So when we asked readers to vote for their favorite, who came out on top? Balzac, of course.

Balzac Wine Bar at 1716 N. Arlington Pl. has a wide selection of international and domestic sparkling, white, red, rose, port, sherry and nearly everything else.

Balzac's offering appeals to the seasoned connoisseur as well as the casual social drinker, with options ranging from the 2002 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru of the Burgundy region of France (only $180 a bottle!) to the $30-a-bottle Vignerons "Le Haut Vignot" Chenin Blanc from Anjou.

Diners also love Balzac's selection of small-plate fare including crab cakes, cheese plates and even flatbread pizza. Sunday brunch is served weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Happy Hour is a daily affair Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Unsurprisingly, Bacchus was a close second, trailing Balzac by only 5% of the vote. editors' choice: Dream Dance Steak


2. Bacchus
3. Eddie Martini's
4. Sanford
5. Capital Grille
6. La Merenda
7. Carnevor
8. Mo's - A Place for Steaks
9. Dream Dance Steak
10. Water Buffalo
11. Milwaukee ChopHouse
12. Crazy Water
13. Tess
14. River Lane Inn
15. Braise
tie. Pastiche



rkerhin | Oct. 17, 2012 at 7:43 a.m. (report)

I don't understand how Fleming's Steakhouse in Brookfield never makes these lists. They have 100 wines by the glass and 100 more by the bottle.

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