With more than 1,200 choices among 100,000 bottles, Valentino’s wine cellar and, by default, its wine list are well-respected by wine connoisseurs and sommeliers everywhere. The list includes selections from distinguished vineyards around the world with an emphasis on Italy, France and California, to complement the restaurant’s cuisine. Valentino's wine list is every wine lovers dream with one of the most extensive selections of Italian wines in the world, as well as bottles from regions around the globe, including selections from small, artisanal suppliers and boutique vineyards that you just won't find elsewhere unless you visit the wineries themselves (as Selvaggio does).
The restaurant carefully buys wines of outstanding quality, value and the best representation of a winemaker’s style, and offers choices for all tastes and budgets ranging from rare, exclusive finds like a 1891 Brunello Biondi-Santi Riserva for $25,000 to a number of reasonably priced, high-quality bottles like a 1997 Domaine Emmanuel Rouget, Vosnee-Romanee ($100) or a 1999 Valentini, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ($95) and even truly affordable treasures in the $50-range, such as a 1997 Armando Parusso Bricca Rovella, a 2000 Regaleali Cygnus Sicilia or a 1999 Catena Malbec Mendoza.
To make the wine experience as accessible as possible for guests, Valentino pours a weekly selection of at least 10 different wines by the glass.
“There are bigger cellars elsewhere in the United States, but none better or more comprehensive,” says Marvin Shanken, publisher of the Wine Spectator, who has recognized Valentino as having one of the best wine lists in the U.S. for many years running. It's no surprise then to know that Valentino has been a Wine Spectator "Grand Award" winner every year since 1981.
Beni Di Batasiolo Gavi
Domodimonti “Li Coste” Pecorino
Marisa Cuomo Ravello
Valle Dell’Acate Zagra
De Ladoucette Poully Fumé
Domaine Dominique Lafon Puligny Montrachet
Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc
McIntire Vineyards Chardonnay
Cascina Val Del Prete Barbera d’Alba
Gianpaolo Motta La Massa Sangiovese
Fatt. Felsina Chianti Classico
La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino
Donnafugata “Sedara” Nero d’Avola
Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Riserva
Evening Land Pinot Noir
Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon