The List: Wine Experts from around the world give their favorite Restaurant Cellars

Article: The List: Wine Experts from Around the World Give Their Favorite Restaurant Cellars.

Author: Ben Cramer 

Publication: Black Ink – Fall 2007: The Wine Issue, page 37 (American Express Black Cardholder Publication)

Dino Tantawi
This Austrian-born owner of Vignaioli Selection—a small wine distribution company specializing in top-quality bottles from Austria and Italy—focuses on terroir wines that are mostly organic and bio-dynamic.

Del Posto Number one right now would be New York’s Del Posto. The depth of wines for verticals—from, say, 1952 to today—is outstanding.  It also has a vertical of Torbido starting with the first vintage in 1997 and going all the way to 2000.  85 Tenth Ave., New York; 212-497-8090;

Hanner in Austria is close to Baden, about 30 miles southwest of Vienna. A Michelin two-star restaurant in this resort area, Hanner has a list with 1,600 bottles from around the world. Mayerling, Austria; 43-2258/2378;

Alto One of the owners, Chris Cannon, is my friend.  The wine list has a 1981 Pomerol, a French Merlot blend, for maybe $800, and a ’47 Château Pétrus.