Our favorite wine bars in the West

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The Cave Creek Coffee Company & Wine Purveyors. Locals come early for lattes, then return at dusk to linger over 25 to 30 wines by the glass, more than 100 by the bottle, and light snacks. Live music some nights. 6033 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek; 480/488-0603.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Enter through the back, speakeasy style, and travel the world via wines from the U.S., Australia, France, and Italy, plus a few from countries such as Algeria and Romania. Choose from 100 wines by the glass, accompanied by snacks like Egyptian flatbread pizza. 7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale; 480/946-3004.

Paola's Wine Bar. Euro-style bar that's part of Christopher's Fermier Brasserie, serving flights and dozens of choices by the glass, as well as antipasto and crostini. At happy hour on weekdays, prices on wines by the glass and most bar food are half off. In the Biltmore Fashion Park, 2584 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix; 602/522-2344.

Postino Wine Bar. Comfy sofas dot the architectural interior of what was once a neighborhood post office. Sample 20 wines by the glass or choose from among 100 bottles while snacking on bruschettas, salads, and panini. Closed Sun. 3939 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix; 602/852-3939.

Sugo Pastaria Wine Bar. A cozy red interior is the backdrop for a menu that champions Italian wines. Offerings include carpaccio and fresh pastas as well as many wines by the glass. Not sure? You can taste a wine before you commit. 4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale; 480/949-7846. ―Nora Burba Trulsson


Le Café Miche. Relax with live music (Thu–Sat), luscious French nibbles, flights, and a by-the-bottle list of superb depth and range. 1431 Wyoming Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque; 505/299-6088.

Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro. New but already dark with the patina of a European wine cellar. Zinc's happy-hour bar menu offers 20 wines by the half-glass, glass, half-bottle, or bottle. 3009 Central Ave. N.E., Albuquerque; 505/254-9462. ―Sharon Neiderman



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