As you’d expect from the team behind the three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, Manhattan boutique hotel The NoMad offers one of New York’s most stylish and innovative eating and drinking experiences. Chef Daniel Humm’s menu is inspired by his eponymous nomadic life, with influences from his native Switzerland, as well as California and New York - and the wine program offers a similarly refined eclecticism.
The World’s Best Wine Lists’ judges were particularly taken with the list’s arrangement: guests are invited to choose by grape variety first, and then by region, which has a pleasingly leveling effect. Riesling, for example, starts with Alsace, and then moves through the various regions of Germany and Austria, to an extensive offering from the nearby Finger Lakes region, and Santa Barbara County.
Of course, the arrangement would be irrelevant if the wine choices themselves weren’t so good: but this is a supremely intelligent, elegant choice from the world’s best producers. This is building on last year’s praise for NoMad’s “particularly dedicated section to Champagne, Riesling, beer and spirits.” This year, The Nomad was equally commended not just for its comprehensive depth of choices but also for its imagination and strong selection of Rum and Mezcal rather than the typical focus on whisky and bourbon.