Vintage Treats
Ten great resort wine cellars
by Kathryn Garfield

The Phoenician
The Cellar: 55,000 bottles;
2,400 labels
Rarities: 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc
Sommelier: Greg Tresner
The private dining room in the cellar, called "The Praying Monk",
is decorated in high Renaissance style—replete with vaulted ceilings and intricate tapestries—and hosts barrel blending classes in which students can craft their own bottles of Bordeaux.

The Greenbrier
The Cellar: 15,000 bottles; 420 labels
Rarities: 1999 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grand Cru
Sommelier: Kevin Dott
In the summer, winemakers and winery owners are invited to the Tavern Wine Cellar, a private dining room for "Vintner Dinners" in which six courses are served, accompanied by signature wines of the vintner’s choice.

The Cellar: 5,000 bottles; 375 labels
Rarities: 1990 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
Sommelier: Jake Howe
When Pinehurst renovated its historic Carolina Hotel, the original 1901 windows and Victorian domed ceiling were saved for the signature wine cellar, which doubles as a private dining facility.

Pebble Beach
The Cellar: 12,000 bottles; 700 labels
Rarities: A six-liter bottle of 1982 Opus One
Sommelier: John Winfield
The Pebble Beach cellar regularly boasts a large and diverse collection of California Cabernet, Red Burgundy and Bordeaux, and guests can unwind with a snifter of vintage cognac from as far back as 1802.

Sea Island
The Cellar: 13,000 bottles; 1200 labels
Rarities: 1834 Madeira Mavalzia Barbeito
Sommelier: Clint Kummer
The small, unique cellar complements its classic Bordeaux and Burgundy wines with more exotic bottles from New Zealand, Australia and Chile—embracing both trends and traditions.

The Cellar: 8,000 bottles; 628 labels
Rarities: 1953 Chateau La Tour
Sommelier: Lenney Wiser
The cellar focuses on the regional wines of the Pacific Northwest and is particularly enthusiastic about its wall of over 200 Oregon Pinot Noirs.

The Breakers
The Cellar: 24,000 bottles; 1,400 labels
Rarities: Domaine de la Romance-Conti
Sommelier: Virginia Philip
Known for its California Cabernet, the cellar at the Breakers has been a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner for nearly a quarter of a century.

St. Regis Monarch Beach
The Cellar: 17,000 bottles; 1,400 labels
Rarities: 1933 Chateau d’Yquem
Sommelier: Brian Cronin
The St. Regis Monarch Beach wine cellar is open to the public and serves as an intimate dining setting, complete with a wine tasting table, 19th century French paved floors and authentic stone walls.

The Cellar: 10,000 bottles; 850 labels
Rarities: 1961 Chateau Margaux
Sommelier: Ian McEvoy
Ian McEvoy and his team of six other sommeliers assist guests at the Gleneagles cellar, which is open to the public every day.

Sheen Falls Lodge

The Cellar: 14,000 bottles; 950 labels
Rarities: Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1961
Sommelier: Ludovic Barat
The largest public cellar in Ireland, featuring offerings from
17 different countries, staffs enthusiastic sommeliers who host wine weekends in March and November. sheenfallslodge.



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