Vienna’s Klemo delivers that combination so rare with wine bars: a top wine program and a pretense-free ambiance. Here, no one will expect you to know the difference in soil between Bordeaux and Burgundy, but you won't be alone if that sort of thing gets you going. Around seventy wines are served by the glass, mainly Austrian, French, and Italian, in addition to daily tasting lineups such as "6 Rieslings of Wachau," "6 Reds from the Northern Rhone," or "6 Austrian Sweets."

The food also deserves attention: the Päpstliche Platte, a collection of cold cuts, cheeses, and pickles; homemade pappardelle pasta with pesto or chorizo and dressed with parmesan; crème brulée – they have been mainstays on the menu since the opening in 2006. If a wine has caught your attention, you can purchase it at Klemo’s spacious wine store located right across the street.

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