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Like the food in Amsterdam, the wine scene in the Dutch capital has undergone something of a revolution in recent years. We select the restaurants whose cellars stand up to their kitchens.
Le Restaurant. Don’t be put off by the slightly stuffy interior: Le Restaurant’s Michelin-starred team serves wondrously inventive far with a wine list to match. That said, we recommend skipping the wine list entirely and letting the sommelier do the choosing for you. You may not remember much of the elaborate explanation accompanying each glass, but you will remember how smoothly they slipped down. If you do opt to peruse the wine list, look out for the big, aromatic Les Faïsses Chardonnay.
Lastage. Another Michelin star earner, this unassuming Dutch/French restaurant near Nieuwmarkt is owned by Rogier van Dam and Elise Moeskops. He helms the kitchen while she oversees a 12-page wine list that emphasizes southern European wines with the occasional foray into Germany and Austria. There is also a Verdicchio made especially for the restaurant and a page of ‘cellar finds’—one-off vintages and wines from exceptional years.
ANNA. Mixing bare brickwork and metal chairs with warm copper-colored lamps and crisp white table linen, restaurant ANNA brings sleek design and contemporary food to the oldest part of town. The wine list is similarly well-compiled, ranging from reasonably priced New World vintages to Old World heavy-hitters.
Bussia. Named after the Barolo vineyards of Piedmont, it is little surprise that this restaurant on the Nine Streets has an exclusively Italian wine list. Try the Erbaluce di Caluso, a dry white wine with an unusual ‘toasted’ hue.