Thomas Jefferson once said, “Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.” If wine can brighten your thoughts, imagine what it can do to a good meal. There is nothing like a complete food and wine experience and more and more restaurants are focusing on curating a creative list that offers an eclectic mix of vintages from both around the globe and homegrown. The best part? You don’t have to travel to a big city to get the best of the best when it comes to wine. Unexpected places like Raleigh, North Carolina, and Walland, Tennessee, are home to some of the best wine lists in the country.
Next time you’re searching for a wine-tasting adventure, leave your passport at home and hit the road to visit one of these amazing spots: