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New Orleans is a city for cocktailing, no doubt. But it's also (arguably) the best food town in America. And where there is great food, there has to be great wine. Of course the city's storied Creole temples, places like Commander's and Arnaud's, offer wine cellars that are world class. But even if you're on a budget, you can sip and sample, enjoy small plates and conversation at wine bars from uptown and Mid-City to the Seventh Ward.
In the past few years, a spate of interesting wine shops/lounges have sprung up offering thoughtfully curated options and seasonal picks.
If you’re really serious about wine, consider booking your trip around the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, an annual eating orgy that falls over May 25-29 in 2016. Attracting some 10,000 gourmands and oenophiles, this event is jam packed with food and wine seminars and tastings, special wine dinners and events like the Royal Street Stroll to visit galleries and sip vin and the big Grand Tasting at the Convention Center. In case you feel guilty about all the excess, remember that a portion of your spendings benefit local non-profit organizations, from food banks to culinary schools, with more than $1 million raised to date. So sip away.