Last week, Wine Enthusiast magazine named The Burg's CellarMasters one of the best bottle shops in the country. Nate Siegel, co-owner of Hyde Park's popular American restaurant Willa's, shared kind words with Wine Enthusiast about the St. Pete bottle shop. No other Tampa Bay wine shops appear on the list.
"The vibe of the bar is your uncle’s basement in the 1970s in Iowa, with hip-hop music on the speakers. There’s no food, but every first Monday they host a pop up, usually with a taco truck in the back, which is a favorite of industry friends," he tells the magazine. He continues to shout out CellarMasters' owners Ryan Ruggs and Kory Lynn and their large selection of fairly-priced French wines.
Wine Enthusiast spoke to various wine, drink and food industry professionals to creative its extensive, countrywide list. CellarMasters Wine Bar and Bottle Shop joins other businesses like Jackson's Corkscrew Wine and Spirits, Miami's Happy Wine Calle Ocho and New Orleans' Keife & Co. as some of the best wine shops in the South.