By Amanda Harper


Wines on Vine

This European-inspired wine bar and bistro offers a selection of over 450 wines. The staff is deeply dedicated to helping guests learn more about wine; their weekly tastings are a wonderful chance to gain a little wine knowledge while expanding your palate. Or, join them for lunch, dinner or dessert to enjoy a great dish with a perfect pairing! Their Berkshire Pork Tenderloin is topped with an herbed blackberry glaze and served over couscous alongside haricots verts.

400 Old Vine Street #108 | 859.243.0017

Dudley’s on Short
A culinary trailblazer in Lexington since 1981, Dudley’s is well-known and loved for both its delicious menu and its expansive wine list. The “Dudley’s Classic” Tournedos Maxwell, featuring a petite filets and lump crab with a potato puree and a béarnaise sauce, is a local legend. Join them for an elegant lunch, dinner or weekend brunch; the staff will gladly suggest perfect wine pairings for any dish!

259 West Short Street #125 | 859.252.1010

Louie’s Wine Dive

Warm, welcoming and fun, Louie’s is all about offering guests a wonderful experience. Order a glass or bottle of wine, listed by region or taste profile for your easy browsing. The lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus are designed with pairing in mind. Their signature Tandoori Chilean Salmon is served with a cilantro mint chutney, roasted red pepper quinoa and cucumber salad alongside your choice of sides. If you’re there on a Thursday through Saturday evening, try the Chef’s Pick with optional sommelier two course pairing.

854 E. High Street | 859.523.7900


As a wine bar and tapas restaurant, Enoteca offers a slew of cheeses and meats perfect for tastings. Their delicious tapas include Spanish mussels in a saffron white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes or a delicious Beet and Quinoa Salad with spinach, walnuts, Valdeón blue cheese and a sorghum soy dressing. Their wine menu offers a few notes on each bottle to make ordering easier, but the staff is always ready with a suggestion. Their whiskey list will wow, as well.

191 Jefferson Street | 859.687.0346

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar

CRÚ was founded with the notion that wine should never have its nose in the air. They demystify the world of wine, making hundreds of wines accessible to every guest in an elegant, casually hip environment. Their dinner menu features taste and share plates as well as artisan cheeses that are ideal for pairing with wine. Their Wild Alaskan Halibut Piccata features jumbo lump crab and roasted asparagus, all with a lemon butter caper sauce.

107 Summit at Fritz Farm, Suite 120 | 859.971.9463