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America's Best Wine Bars

America's best wine bars: Max's Wine Dive

Jonathan Horowitz

Max’s Wine Dive, Austin

Max’s slogan is “Fried chicken and champagne? Why the hell not?” Not only is that attitude refreshing, but this “wine dive” specializes in great wines that impress without busting your budget. Bottles are sold at retail rather than restaurant prices, and every day nine wines are available for under $9 per glass. Most customers purchase bottles, but wines can be had by the glass if you buy at least two. Look for other locations in Houston and San Antonio.

Great Match: Seared tuna “noodle casserole” and a glass of McDaniel Pinot Noir, $30 total.

Wayne Curtis

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