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Chalet Debonne Vineyards
Debonne was founded as a winery in 1972 with the construction of a winemaking facility and a charming chalet; but the Debevc family had been making wine in Madison long before that. Today, third-generation Tony Debevc and his crews carefully tend more than 170 acres of vines and produce more than 85,000 gallons of wine each year, including a variety of award winners. Winery tours, a tasting room, and an ambitious schedule of monthly events never fail to draw a crowd.
7840 Doty Rd., Madison,
Staff Pick: St. Joseph Vineyards
Best Wine Bar
Wine Bar Rocky River
Comfortable, cozy, and relaxed, John Owen's wine bar is a year-round crowd pleaser, with a fireplace for cold-weather cuddling and a pretty patio for sipping in the sun. The encyclopedic wine list includes something for everyone. Beyond the bottles, there's a fine selection of by-the-glass options, dispensed from the Enomatic: a wine-preservation and serving system. To go with, the food choices range far beyond the usual cheese plates to burgers, scallops, and vegetable lasagna. No wonder fans call it the toast of the town.
1313 Linda Ave., Rocky River,
Staff Pick: Market Avenue Wine Bar
Best Wine List
La Cave du Vin
A dimly lit basement may seem like an odd setting for a wine bar, but that hasn't stopped Clevelanders from declaring the wine list at this Coventry Village anchor the best in town. Maybe that's because it contains more than 70 by-the-glass offerings — many priced below $6. Combine that with flickering candlelight and the glow of the beer coolers, and this cave's many charms are clear to see.
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.,
Cleveland Heights, 216-932-6411,
Staff Pick: Beach Club Bistro
Best Beer Selection
The Winking Lizard
There are spots with more snob appeal than this chain of noisy, rollicking, family-friendly sports bars. But we dare you to find one with a vaster selection of brewskis: more than 300 choices at last count, by the bottle or on draft, from amber ales to weizenbocks and wheat beers. Adventurous sorts can work their way through the list as part of the annual World Tour of Beer. Win swell prizes for guzzling suds, you say? Count us in.
Various locations including 25380 Miles Rd., Bedford, 216-831-3488,
Staff Pick: Tremont Tap House
Best Bar Food
It was a red-letter day in Ohio City when restaurant pros Randy Kelly and Linda Syrek opened ABC Tavern: a former old-man bar spiffed up for a brand-new day. A tight little menu of pub grub comes complete with hamburgers, "atomic" hot dogs, and even roasted red pepper hummus. Homey kitchen specials like chicken noodle soup and meatloaf sammies expand the daily offerings. Together with the high-octane vibe, well-stocked bar, and late-night hours, this joint has you covered from A to Z.
1872 West 25th St., 216-861-3857,
Staff Pick: Deagan's Kitchen + Bar