Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar Named Best Wine Restaurant in America by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar Named Best Wine Restaurant in America by Wine Enthusiast MagazineBarcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar has been selected as one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2011 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine hand-picked Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar as one of the premier dining establishments based on the restaurant’s wine selection and unique gastronomy. 

“We are happy to be nationally recognized for the unique wine and food experience we bring to our customers,” says Wine & Spirits Director, Gretchen Thomas. Thomas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, supervises the largest Spanish wine program in the United States, managing 200 labels from 11 countries.  She oversees all wine, spirits and beer selections for all Barcelona restaurants. Thomas is also responsible for all wine and mixology training and development, seasonal cocktail creations and coordinating beverage themed events including wine dinners, wine classes and cocktail classes.

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar has consistently earned high praise for its exceptional food, outstanding wine and lively atmosphere. Since 1996, co-owners Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer have been entertaining people at their wine and tapas bar—warm, welcoming places with great wine lists and small plates of tantalizing food. Their passion for delicious dishes and cocktails is driven by fresh produce from local markets and nearby farms, and by imported Spanish spices, rich olive oils, vinegars, fine cheeses, olives and savory cured meats. Today, they are the biggest Spanish restaurant group in the United States, including six locations in Connecticut:  South Norwalk, Greenwich, Fairfield, West Hartford, Stamford and New Haven.

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