Are Americans Doing the Wine Bar Thing Right, and Does it Matter?

July 23, 2015

With new natural wine bars opening, the U.S. is embracing European drinking culture.

A wine bar is not a wine bar is not a wine bar. Many establishments that serve wine, often labeled “Enoteca” or boasting a “house special” on a sidewalk chalkboard, are basically places to bring an internet date to drink quickly without actually caring about where you are or what you’re sipping. But a different, Parisian-style wine bar has been popping up in U.S. cities thanks to a rise in appreciation of wine—especially, natural wine.

In New York City alone, three natural wine bars have opened up…