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Wine 101: Which Rhode Island restaurants have the best wine lists?

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What makes a great wine list? Whether the list is a single sheet of paper or an entire booklet, a great wine list will compliment the food, have a range of selection, be reasonably priced, and will offer both wines by the glass and by the bottle. A great wine list will not be chosen solely by the distributer, but instead will be deliberately selected by the restaurant’s sommelier or beverage manager.

In addition to their excellent food, great atmosphere and first-class service, the following restaurants (outside of Providence) meet the criteria for a great wine list:

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grille
22 Bowens Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-8884

Café Fresco
301 Main St
East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401) 398-0027

Castel Hill Inn
590 Ocean Ave
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-3800

Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant
1149 Division St
Warwick, RI 02818
(401) 884-1149

Mama Luisa Italian Restaurant
673 Thames St
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 848-5257

Olympia Tea Room
74 Bay St
Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-8211

Sergio’s Italian Ristorante
1814 Boston Neck Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874
(401) 667-4999

Spain of Cranston
1073 Reservoir Ave
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 946-8686

Spain of Narragansett
1144 Ocean Rd
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 783-9770

Spiced Pair
117 Memorial Blvd
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 847-2244

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar
1 Sayers Wharf
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-2260

Trio Restaurant
15 Kingstown Rd
Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-4333

Vintage Restaurant
4 South Main St.
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 765-1234

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