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Top-shelf wine and food at this popular Santa Fe establishment

30 May 2013 12:18 PM
Some restaurants feature a celebrated wine list to perfectly complement their menus.

Some restaurants feature a celebrated wine list to perfectly complement their menus. For other restaurants, it's essentially the opposite - the food is just an excuse for the venue to boast an impressive selection of world-class wines. Owners of Santa Fe real estate will tell you that 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar has it both ways. It is a wine bar with an impeccable selection of top-notch cuisine and vice versa. 

Since it opened in 1995, 315 has become a popular destination both for its bountiful, French-focused wine list and its collection of delicious (also French-inspired) dishes. 

The food
The edible offerings are helmed by Louis Moskow, a classically trained chef who attended the Culinary Institute of America before setting up shop throughout the South and learning the nuances of Creole cooking. After that he headed to Europe to put the finishing touches on his culinary education. Thus, by the time he got to Santa Fe in 1995, Moskow had all the experience and tools he needed to launch his own ambitious eatery.

The result, 315, has become one of the most popular restaurants in the region. In fact, it was recently named one of the ten best restaurants in the city by the Santa Fe Reporter. With signature appetizers like the Creole-inspired beignet batter-dipped, flash-fried squash blossom, Moskow has brought a creative culinary flair to an area already steeped in original offerings.

The wine
Of course, any venue bold enough to call itself a wine bar needs something more than just a run-of-the-mill selection - and 315 has that in spades. California reds rub shoulders with New Zealand whites, and the restaurant offers a variety of special "one-of-a-kind" vintages from France, Italy and Spain. 

Helpful and knowledgeable waiters are happy to offer suggestions about the best wines to pair with specific dishes, so diners should not hesitate to seek input about their ideal meals.

In her review for the Santa Fe New Mexican, food critic Susan Meadows noted that many of the entrees - especially dishes made with specially flown-in seafood - go particularly well with some of the European white wines.

Whether you're looking for the perfect bottle of wine or an expertly prepared seafood dish, 315 will have you covered - which is why the dining room is always packed, even 20 years after the restaurant's opening.