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A Wine (and Food) Lover’s Guide to Venice, Italy

Estro

This is one of the coolest wine bars in Venice. Located in Dorsoduro, the vibrant university district, Estro is the brainchild of brothers Alberto and Dario Spezzamonte. With its wooden furnishings, Murano glass accents and stemware, it’s the perfect setting for gourmet snacks and meals to go with a carefully curated wine list from Italy and France. More than 600 wines are chosen by Dario, based on the producers’ respect for terroir and focus in the vineyards. Names include Brezza, Cavallotto, Il Paradiso di Manfredi and Cà dei Zago. You can also buy bottles to go.

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Cantina Do Mori

Credited as the oldest bacaro (traditional stand-up wine bar) in the city, Cantina Do Mori is your chance to experience authentic Venice. Catering to locals since 1462, this simple, inviting establishment sports copper pots that hang from the ceiling and serves traditional cicchetti (chee-KET-ee), a selection of snacks to enjoy with a glass or two of wine. Be sure to try one of its tiny sandwiches, francobolli (postage stamps), with various fillings. It also has a good selection of wines from Piedmont and Tuscany, many by the glass.

Un Mondo di Vino

A short walk from the Rialto bridge, Un Mondo di Vino is another small bar as popular with Venetians as it is with tourists. Ceramic wine carafes hang from the low-beamed, wooden ceilings, which creates a warm, cozy ambience perfect for a quick snack or light lunch with a glass of wine. Among the vast assortment of seafood cicchetti, don’t miss the baccalà mantecato (whipped salt-cod spread) or the stuffed calamari. Finding the ideal glass of wine is easy here, as more than 80 wines from around Italy are featured.

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