Prague is wine-crazy—and for good reason. Within a few years, the Czech Republic should be turning out bottles that rival Austria’s best. Sit for an impromptu tasting of the country’s best mineral-laden whites and lush reds at candle-lit Veronsky Dum (Misenska 8 Mala Strana), hidden under the Charles Bridge on the Malastrana side of the Vltava River. Or, on the same side of the river, check out Café Savoy (Vítězná 1, 257-311-562), a gorgeous spot in the shadow of the Museum Kampa. The restaurant’s wine list is shockingly good, stocked with hard-to-find local and French wines. Across the river, close to the National Theater is the rustic Bokovka (which, tellingly, means “sideways” in Czech). Started by a group of wine-happy filmmakers, the restaurant is attracting serious oenophiles who aren’t scared away by the charmless décor. It’s the kind of place a concierge would never send you but no wine lover should miss.
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Published on Feb 14, 2007 as a web exclusive.