If you’re like me, you find yourself on the road and searching for a good meal pretty often. Sometimes it’s just too much work to get to the best restaurant in town, and we have to fall back on the tried and true.

I’m not one to be too judgmental about a restaurant’s wine list, really -- well, actually, maybe I am. But I am willing to give credit where credit is due. Buying wine for a large regional or national restaurant chain is a heck of a lot harder than stuffing one list full of gems. These five well known chains have managed to create exceptional lists that have persuaded me to visit them again and again.

OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC is the outfit behind Outback Steakhouse. I’m not much for a Blooming Onion, but if you’re throwing some shrimp on the barbie I wouldn’t mind the Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling that's on Outback’s list. But that’s not even close to being the highlight of OSI’s wine chops.