Although Arizona may not yet have achieved fame for its small but burgeoning wine scene, Scottsdale has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to great wine bars.
The city is home to dozens of fine wine bars, including 5th and Wine, a downtown favorite known for its lively happy hour and large tasting room. This is the place to go if you're looking to socialize with fellow oenophiles.
For late night imbibing coupled with excellent people-watching, head to RnR. At first glance, this two-story restaurant and bar may look like your typical sports bar. But it also happens to be an excellent wine bar. The bar boasts a cellar packed with more than 1,800 bottles.
For a wine bar that will make you feel like you've been transported to a Mediterranean village, head to Kazimierz World Wine Bar, where wine casks, oak barrels and live music create an intimate, otherworldly ambiance. Check out the bar's "Top 50 Wine List," a helpful primer for new wine enthusiasts on the hunt for a favorite variety or bottle.
For that kid-in-a-candy-shop feeling, head to Sorso Wine Room, a new addition to the Scottsdale wine scene that features a state-of-the-art WineEmotion wine dispenser. Just bring your glass and choose from a selection of 32 wines.