Doc Martin's Restaurant in Taos earned a spot on Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2018 released in mid-June.
The list is the who's who among top places to enjoy a fine meal and a fine glass of vino around the country.
Doc Martin's in the historic Taos Inn is a staple of the Taos community. While locals and visitors alike know the restaurant for its chile rellenos and award-winning green chile, less well-known is the restaurant's extensive wine list of more than 400 labels hailing from around the world. Some vintages date as far back as 1989. Doc's already has a 30-plus-years spot on Wine Spectator's 'Best Of' and now adds the Wine Enthusiast listing to its accomplishments.
"We are kind of a high desert wine oasis. It's not a mirage. It's an amazingly curated international wine collection, and we're really proud of it, said Grace Lawrie, Doc Martin's marketing director. "Our sommelier, Peggy De'Scoville, has an amazing palette. I'm always excited to try her new favorites. She's been working closely with chef Bill Hartig on pairings that have wowed us all. If you haven't been to Taos, come see us and have a glass of wine."
When the Wine Enthusiast asked De'Scoville what she is excited about in the industry, she said, "People don't want to be separated from the food and wine they are consuming anymore. Guests have a desire to know not only how the dishes are prepared in the restaurant, but where the food is grown, where the grapes are grown, and the faces behind the product. In wine specifically, more and more consumers are turning away from factory finished, homogeneous products."
"There is a growing interest in autochthonous varietals, indigenous yeast, and biodynamic farming practices," De'Scoville added. "This has been especially apparent in Italy, where a growing number of these wines are being exported and sold at an incredible value. Guests are more informed about the wine world than ever, and are looking for more than a familiar name or region, but a unique experience that is relaxed and authentic."
Doc Martin's welcomed Hartig to their team in spring of last year. He brings with him a diverse background spent in kitchens varying from late night Chinese takeout to Albuquerque's Scalo Northern Italian Grill, according to a statement from the restaurant.
"I'm excited Wine Enthusiast heard about what we're doing," Hartig said. "Taos is definitely off the beaten path, but I'm really proud of the food we're bringing to Northern New Mexico. Our cellar is amazing. It's rare that we repeat a nightly special, and our som makes unique pairings nightly. It's a really thoughtful process."
Call (575) 758-1977 to make a reservation.
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