Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Awards names best wine lists

on 18/07/14 at 11:09 am


indexCalifornia’s wine country may be to the north of Los Angeles, but there are plenty for local wine lovers to celebrate. According to Wine Spectator, there are dozens of restaurants in the area — from downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the South Bay — offering deliciously diverse wines.

Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlights the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections, chose 3,748 award winners from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 from other countries and territories, including many in Los Angeles County.

Among the list of winners, Wine Spectator also named its first Grand Award winners, which the program’s top tier restaurants. Those in this elite group — representing 12 countries and 15 U.S. states — generally offer 1,500 or more selections, “with superior breadth and depth in many of the world’s classic wine-producing regions,” according to Wine Spectator. The editors of Wine Spectator carefully assess each candidate, rigorously inspecting the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

The six top-notch dining destinations winners are Clos Maggiore in London; La Toque in Napa; Nice Matin in New York; Saison in San Francisco; The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara; and Studio in Laguna Beach.

These Grand Award winners lead the 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards, along with 68 others who have retained their status as a go-to experience for wine aficionados. According to Marvin R. Shanken, editor/publisher of Wine Spectator, there has never been a more exciting time to be a wine lover.

The magazine began forming its best wine lists in 1981. The complete list of 2014 award winners will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, available July 22.

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