Top Six Restaurants To Savor a Glass of Wine in Telluride


No matter why and for what occasion you choose to you enjoy wine, Telluride restaurants have some of the best wine lists in the state. The staff of Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals share their Top Six Favorite Places to Enjoy a Soothing Glass of Wine.

Allison Moore’s favorite – Slopestyle wine. Located on the appropriately named See Forever ski trail, guests click out of their bindings and into Alpino Vino where they are welcomed by an effervescent ambience, exquisite food and the pure joy of a good glass of wine reminiscent of huts found throughout the Dolomites of Northern Italy. At 11,966 feet in elevation, Alpino Vino lays claim to being North America’s highest place to get a great glass of wine either inside by the hearth or basking in the sun on the multi-tiered deck on bluebird days. Reservations encouraged for lunch; mandatory for dinner.

Madison Carlos’ spot – Thatzatalian. Italian wine and food lovers feel transported back to the Old Country thanks to Rustico Ristorante. A Telluride mainstay since 1996, Rustico has been serving authentic Italian cuisine and wine from an unparalleled list of more than 500 Italian wines personally curated by the owners. Here, diners enjoy family recipes crafted with handmade sausage, mozzarella, focaccia and grissini breadsticks. Wine afficiandos swoon at a vast list that reflects the varied regions of Italy and includes rare gems from some of Italy’s most revered wine making dynasties. For an added treat, try Rustico’s house made Limoncello for an after-dinner digestivo.

Kevin Jones’ go to for a private party – Best underground wine. Cosmopolitan restaurant Chef Proprietor Chad Scothorn invites private parties to the lower level of the Hotel Columbia, to experience his Tasting Cellar. The Cellar offers guests the chance to dine on Scothorn’s highly praised innovative cuisine in the intimate setting and old world ambience of a private wine vault. Wine racks cradle bottles from vineyards around the world personally curated by Scothorn. Together, Scothorn’s food and wine earns accolades from food critics like the New York Times, Esquire, Bon Appetit and Connoisseur. Wine Spectator has bestowed their Award of Excellence on Scothorn every year since 1998.

Andy Cox’s romantic spot – Viva La France! La Marmotte’s wine list aligns with Chef Reggiannini approach to food: the importance of supporting family-owned, small production vineyards and chateaux. Housed in a rustic 125-year-old former ice warehouse, La Marmotte’s contemporary French bistro cuisine has been a Telluride favorite for more than two decades. Insider’s tip: Join locals for Happy Hour from 5 – 6 p.m. when you can perch at the bar and order half-price appetizers and glasses of wine. Also available ONLY at the bar, the French classic Coq au Vin with Glass of wine for $25.

Lisa Nielson’s hot spot – Special occassions. Perenially popular, cozy 221 South Oak is located just steps from the gondola. Nestled in a refurbished historic house, it makes sense that the food emphasis here is on homemade from as fresh and locally sourced as Chef Eliza can find. Scan four pages of intriguing reds, charming whites and refreshing sparkling wines that change seasonally. The staff is well-versed in recommending the best wine pairing for your food choices. Just ask. Hot tip: Possibly the best upscale vegetarian menu selection of starters, salads and main course in the Four Corners region. Reservations advised.

Wine with a view. Perched atop the San Sophia gondola station, Allred’s is the undisputed winner for most scenic place to enjoy a glass of wine. But scenery alone isn’t what draws folks to Allred’s. Wine Enthusiast rated Allred’s among the 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America. Little wonder Food Republic calls Allred’s the most popular sunset happy hour scene in Telluride. Open for Après Ski beginning at 3 p.m.; full dinner service begins at 5:30. Bonus treat: Bob at the piano bar is practically an institution. We never tire of the novelty sliding from ski and snowboard boots into the comfort of loaner slippers.