HMF, Palm Beach from The 25 Best Wine Lists in America Slideshow

The 25 Best Wine Lists in America Slideshow

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HMF, Palm Beach

This is a wine list that reads like the accompaniment to a basic wine text: Virtually every major wine region is represented, with representative choices. There are 18 wines by the glass at $11.50 to $20 and the choices are anything but clichéd (2014 Bonny Doon Albariño and 2010 Morgenster, a Bordeaux blend from South Africa, are two examples). Folks must celebrate a lot at The Breakers, the famed hotel in which this restaurant sits, because the Champagne list is long (there are more than 30 rosé Champagnes alone, at $100 to $2,050) and there is a long addendum of other sparklers from Italy, Spain, other parts of France, California, and even Oregon and Washington. There's not a lot of vintage range in the California choices (though there are eight Opus Ones), but it's much better in both Bordeaux and Burgundy. One nice thing about the former category is that the list includes a number of "second" wines from notable properties, like Margaux du Château Margaux, Les Fiefs du Lagrange, and Sarget de Gruaud-Larose. Show-offs will appreciate the 80 or so different wines and vintages from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti ($1,200 to $19,500). More down-to-earth wine-bibbers may turn instead to the nice Spanish selection, which includes a handful of very drinkable and affordable Toros.