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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Tasty Drop of Red

MTThe tiny, new basement wine bar Vinosyr is dominated by a long bench.
For wine lovers, this city just keeps getting better. And just in time for Christmas, Moscow has come up with a cute little gift, all wrapped in red: the Vinosyr wine bar.

Located right downtown, just off Pushkin Square, this tiny basement hideaway is a wine bar in the purest sense. It has no pretensions of being a restaurant, club or even a cafe, offering only the smallest selection of nibbles on the menu.

There is an enormous selection of wines, however -- the majority of which are sold at highly competitive prices. The range sold by the glass stretches to 13 whites (120 to 150 rubles), 18 reds (120 to 200 rubles) and a single ros? (200 rubles). The bottle selection is even more impressive, with 44 whites and 89 reds on offer, including French, Italian, Spanish, Argentine, Uruguayan, United States, South African, Australian and New Zealand labels. The bottles are excellent value, starting at 300 rubles for an Argentine Chardonnay, Italian Lambrusco and Spanish reds.

Being a true wine bar, Vinosyr doesn't muck around with food. There are a half-dozen cured meat and sausage options, all sold in 20-gram portions, such as Chorizo Iberico (65 rubles), Parma ham (65 rubles), Jamon Reserva aged 12 months (70 rubles) and Jamon Iberico aged 24 months (100 rubles). The cheese selection consists of six 20-gram options: Camembert (50 rubles), Grana Padano (50 rubles), Dorblu (40 rubles), mozzarella (55 rubles), chevre (40 rubles) and Emmental (50 rubles). A cheese plate with all six plus some grapes, walnuts and a pot of honey costs 200 rubles.

With high-chair seating for about 30 people, mostly around a long bench that runs down the center of the room, Vinosyr is a textbook example of how to make a cozy nook out of nothing. The exposed pipes are tastefully incorporated into the design concept, the raw-brick walls are painted red, and combined with the subdued lighting, the overall atmosphere is warm and cozy. Free Wi-Fi is a bonus.

6 Maly Palashevsky Per., 739-104, 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m., M. Pushkinskaya,