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Outstanding Wine Program: Frasca Food and Wine

Frasca Food and Wine chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson (left) and owner Bobby Stuckey (right) are among the country's greatest ambassadors of Italian food and wine.

You'll know this the minute you arrive at their Boulder, CO, restaurant, as you admire its breathtaking wall of backlit wine bottles and pick up a wine list. You'll be greeted with this message: "There has never been a better time to drink wine," followed by, "Our wine program has been designed to make the most of this."

If you're lucky, as I was, Stuckey, a master sommelier, will offer you a glass of wine on the house to start off your meal. Regardless, rest assured he'll walk you through the restaurant's extensive wine collection, offering options based on flavor profile, a range of wines from unexpected places, and plenty of hospitality throughout your meal.