My time in Milan is coming to and end, and I thought I would share my favorite wine spots with you guys.
I think my absolute favorite spot i N’Ombra de vin, both because it was a great selection of wine but also because of the atmosphere. Really a fun place to spend time. And they have a good selection of Altare and Marengo!
N’Ombra de Vin
Recently, I discovered a new place: Bottega del Vino, and I the wine list as so good that it took me 20 minutes to decide which wine to get. Amazing, really!
Another good spot is Signorvino, but unlike the others, I only go here to buy wine. They also have a restaurant but I am not a huge fan… But the selection of wine in the store is great! You find many Vietti wines here.
Last but not least is Peck. I have never tried their restaurants (they have a few) but the Enoteca is amazing. Huge selection, some really good producers, and the actual place is really cool.
One of the things I like to do is ask the “professional” foodies where they go to eat and drink, and I’m rarely disappointed. La Bottega del Vino was recommended by Ciccio from Centro Storico and he was not wrong to recommend this place. I think I spent 20 minutes with the wine list alone, and because the wine list was so amazing I had to first pick the wine and then the food — struggles.
I went safe with the food: Vitello Tonnato, Raviolo cacio & pepe and a lava cake for dessert. The ravioli was really good, with tons of good flavors. I did not get a picture because I got too excited didn’t have time to take a photo… But it was good! The Vitello Tonnato was also good, but I still prefer the versions in Barolo. And chocholate cake is never a bad idea. So food wise it was a pretty good night!
Now the wine… I know it might be strange to order french wine in Italy but when I saw they had Marc Colin on the wine list I did not have much choice. I think he makes some of the best wines in the world, and even his most “basic” wines are incredible. So you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a good glass of chardonnay. Apart from Marc Colin they had many other amazing french wines from Matror, Liger-Belair and Domaine Leflaive. In the Piemonte section they had a good selection of Gusieppe Rinaldi, Capellano, Vietti, Cavallotto, Brezza, Gaja and Conterno. I was not disappointed and hope to return here very soon!
When I first moved to Milano I asked my wine friends about good places to go in the city. One of the first places on everyone’s lists was N’Ombra de Vin. And for a good reason. For a wine person it’s like dying and going to heaven. The walls are COVERED in wine bottles and guess what?! You can just go along the wall and pick one (if you can’t find something you want on the list). The first night they had Elio’s Dolcetto on the list and I was ecstatic. However the next time I went it was no longer on the list. But I didn’t have to worry; they just went to the Piemonte section and fetched me Elio’s Langhe Nebbiolo instead. And ever since, I just go directly to the wall and find what I want. You have to ask them about the price because it’s not always written, and some may find it a little expensive, but I am always willing to pay a little more for a good bottle of wine.
Another aspect of going to a wine bar in Italy are all the small snacks that accompany the drinks. It obviously varies from place to place, both in quality and quantity, but at N’Ombra de Vin they are very generous with their snacks. Speaking of good service, when I ordered the Larigi they brought Zalto glasses. They appreciate good wines, and want the customers to truly enjoy the wine experience. Many of the employees at N’Ombra de Vin are very passionate about wine, and it’s always a pleasure to chat with them about wine.
So, if you are in the area and looking for a good wine bar, you should go here!