Jackson Hole's Watering Holes
Visitors come to Jackson for many reasons-mountain scenery, outdoor activities, the wildlife-but wine is not usually at the top of the list. Usually.
Over the past decade, Jackson Hole has developed an impressive array of fine wine outlets, including shops, restaurants, bars and wine tasting events. Whether it's a rare bottle, a relaxing place to sip it, or a master sommelier to help you find it, Jackson has all the resources you need to enjoy your favorite variety.
Have a Glass
Koshu Wine Bar is one of the hippest spots around to raise a glass. Located conveniently inside the Jackson Hole Wine Company, the small restaurant-bar has one of the best 'wines by the glass' selections in town. Koshu pours about 15 wines by the glass, in various price ranges, and rotates its list regularly, so guest can expect something new, different and sure to please every time they visit.
Nani's Genuine Pasta House is another authentic eatery with a fine selection of Italian wines at reasonable prices. You cannot go wrong by indulging in any of Nani's Chiantis.
If you want to see and be seen, the Rendezvous Bistro, the towns newest hotspot, is the place to go. The restaurants offers a rotating selection of wines by the glass and bottle, and co-owner Gavin Fine has a knack of pairing wines with any dish on his menu.
On the west side of the Town Square, the Cadillac Grille sits right next door to the honky-tonk Cowboy Bar, pouring a selection of fine wines every night, as does the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill in the Wort Hotel, just around the corner on Broadway.
Across the river on the West Bank, the Calico Italian Restaurant and Bar on the Village Road-with its roaring fireplace and spacious bar area-is a wonderful spot to stop and have a glass of wine on the way back from skiing or hiking at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
If it's a bottle or two you are after, Jackson Hole has many excellent wine shops, each with its own distinct offerings.
Just a couple blocks off the Town Square, the Jackson Hole Wine Company has on of the most esoteric collections around. The stores specializes in stocking the worlds best up-and-coming wines, with wine tastings each Friday throughout the summer.
Dornan's in Moose, Wyo. has an enormous wine cellar, which allows it to store more than 1,700 bottles. Touted as the best selection between New York and California, the shop is definitely worth exploring.
If you are on the West Bank, there's no need to go to town to buy wine. Westside Wine and Spirits sells more than 500 varieties. And those staying in Teton Village have the ease of choosing from the fabulous selection of Californian, Chilean and European wines in every price range at the Mangy Moose Market.