2933 W. Cary St.
Second Place: Buckhead's Restaurant and Chop House
Third Place: Can Can Brasserie
Owner Julia Battaglini puts a ton of energy into her retail store and the wine bar next door, and the result is a personally curated list of favorite wines that are priced to move and flavored to appeal. Her enthusiasm for the grape is contagious, and even nonwine drinkers respect her determination to raise the knowledge base while keeping it fun. Buckhead's goes the distance with some of the finest wines available in Richmond, all chosen to pair with its steaks and fine-dining approach. At Can Can, sommelier Bob Talcott is a local treasure for his expert appreciation of grapes that are French and even farther.