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Wes Marshall's Top 10 Places for a Glass of Good Wine

By Wes Marshall, January 7, 2011, Food

1) Trio at the Four Seasons always has great wines at surprisingly affordable prices. Also, check out one of the best happy hours in town.

2) Vino Vino Great atmosphere, delicious food, and smartly chosen music. And besides the remarkable wine list, there's always a great selection of beer.

3) House Wine just feels like home. Get there around 3pm on Sunday to enjoy half-price wines left over from the previous night's by-the-glass sales.

4) The bars at Asti and Fino Josh Loving runs the wine program at both places, which the proprietors, the Fox family, have made into intimate places of rest for people who love Old World wines.

5) Uncorked Tasting Room & Wine Bar The best view from any wine bar in town is at Uncorked's west-facing windows after dark, when the city lights up the window panes. Try the abundant by-the-glass program and fun build-your-own-flight tasting.

6) Málaga A perennial favorite, this is the place for Spanish wine fans.

7) Aquarelle Wine Bar & Patio Sometimes you want the Aquarelle experience without having a full dinner. Its wine bar comes to the rescue with smaller portions of still-great food and a nice list of Old World and New World wines at a righteous price.

8) Wink A fun, gregarious place to meet other wine lovers. The wine list is small but perfect.

9) The Grove Wine Bar A hangout for the beautiful Gen Xers to compare tans while downing much better wine than you'd expect.

10) Our local Texas wineries With more than 25 wineries within a two-hour drive, why not get out and meet the people who make the wines? The three largest are Fall Creek in Tow, Becker in Stonewall, and Messina Hof in Bryan, but all of the wineries are fun to visit and offer good to great wines.

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