Two wine lists instantly jump past Charlie Palmers: Lola and Dali. Not only are the lists better, the presentation is much more appealing. Instead of a sterile, confounding touch screen computer, I simply ask the wine-loving sommelier what special pinot noir he's tucked back in a corner and am thrilled by the selection.
Best Wine List Dallas 2008 - Charlie Palmer
It's a new age, when cell phones navigate and home theater experiences can be had on media players barely larger than credit cards. Enter the touch-screen tablet wine list. Charlie Palmer's wine list is an ingenious harnessing of technology to help newbie drinkers overcome their fear of coming off as a vino-imbecile. The Charlie Palmer wine selection experience is self-directed via an electronic touch-screen e-book that permits perusal by bottle, glass, region, varietal and style. Check the boxes next to your curiosities and wrestle over the pros and cons of each with a sommelier, suited-up for upscale battle. Added bonus: Charlie Palmer sells its 700-plus bottle list at markups of just $25-$35 over retail, so you won't get corkscrewed. Added double-plus bonus: The restaurant is fronted by the Next Vintage Wine Shop stocking a third of the wine list, ready to tag and bag for home.