Best Artisan Wine List - 2005
Swimclub 32 owners Chris Golub and Grant Gingerich ought to know a little bit about the grape-juice game. Before opening their hipper-than-hip, Asian-inspired, fusion-bistro-slash-tapas bar in the Highland neighborhood, they were both laboring in the cellars of one of the world's best-known wineries, Veuve Clicquot. The knowledge that they gained there certainly didn't go to waste, because now it's all for sale -- by the glass and by the bottle -- on Swimclub's short, sweet and intriguing list full of bargain Spanish reds and deadly good whites. With vintages and varietals drawn from around the planet's wine-producing regions, the fellas take particular pride in highlighting bottles from small, lesser-known wineries, listing them right up there with the big boys. And then they go the distance, making sure that every customer in the place gets, if not the glass he was looking for, then certainly the glass he needs.