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In the Aug. 31, 2016 Issue

Restaurant Awards

No longer satisfied treading only familiar territory, today's restaurant wine programs respect the classics but also strike out for parts unknown, and these voyages of discovery can expand wine lovers' horizons.

Portugal: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Portuguese wines in barrel reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Brunello: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Brunello wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

The 2016 Annual Restaurant Guide
- This annual issue celebrates the year's winners in our Restaurant Awards program. Populating all 50 states and more than 70 countries and territories, these are establishments that put wine front and center, alongside creative menus and attentive, knowledgeable service
Grand Award Honor Roll
Gateways to the Wine World - When it comes to your next wine-drinking adventure, look no farther than the nearest Wine Spectator award winner, where a savvy sommelier or wine director awaits the chance to be your guide
New Grand Award Winners
- Profiles of the seven restaurants joining the top tier this year
Blue Hill at Stone Barns - Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
Epicure - Paris
Geranium - Copenhagen, Denmark
Jean-Georges - New York
The Modern - New York
Murray Circle - Sausalito, Calif.
The Restaurant at Meadowood - St. Helena, Calif.
Dining Guide - A complete directory of all 3,595 Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and abroad

WineSpectator.com: Introducing our new Restaurant Awards site: Our free online Restaurant Search has been upgraded so you can easily find the 2016 award winners nearest to your current location, with maps. Or look for the perfect dining spot in any location by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Plus, find all our great dining articles in one convenient location: restaurant guides, sommelier and chef interviews, news and our tributes to our 2016 Grand Award winners.

WineSpectator.com: Introducing Wine Spectator's Private Guide to Dining: Our new, twice-monthly, free e-mail newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, sharing tips from the top lists in major cities to great family-owned restaurants to noteworthy pizza places. Get great wine picks, keep on top of food and beverage trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more.

Features

Tasting Reports

Bucking Branco - Portuguese vintners are returning to overlooked indigenous varieties in pursuit of crisp, complex and distinctive white wine
FREE: Portugal Alphabetical Listing - More than 300 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Food & Drink

Cider Revival - A traditional American favorite, hard apple cider gains sophistication in the hands of artisanal producers

Events

Wine Spectator Magnum Party Hosts Wine Greats

WineSpectator.com: See who else was at Wine Spectator's Magnum Party in our online photo gallery.

Wine

Brunello di Montalcino - The new vintage is a perfect foil to the structured 2010s
FREE: Brunello Alphabetical Listing - More than 130 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Grapevine

Business

Sonoma State University Breaks Ground On Wine Spectator Learning Center

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

World

William Koch Auction Brings in $21.9 Million
Wine Spectator Introduces Restaurant App
In Memoriam: Donn Chappellet Pioneering Vintner of Napa Valley's Pritchard Hill Dies
Gallo Purchases Orin Swift Cellars

Cheese

Comté

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Spirits

Punch

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles about spirits.

Travel

National Park Service Centennial Events

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Wine Auctions

Auction Napa Valley Raises $14.3 Million for Charity

Cellars / Collections

A Cabernet Collection in Memphis - Memphis entrepreneur Craig Weiss built his home around his wine collection

WineSpectator.com: Get new collectible wine picks, expert tips, news and cellar design inspiration in our free, twice-monthly Collecting e-mail newsletter.

Departments

FAQ: Wine and Food Pairing

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Portuguese Picks, Standouts from Europe and the New World

Columns

James Laube - Drinking down your cellar

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Trivial pursuits

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Foie Gras With Muscat Ottonel

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

FIND THE WORLD'S BEST WINE LISTS We're introducing our new Restaurant Awards website and iOS app, so you can easily find the 2016 award winners nearest to your location, with maps. Or look up the perfect dining spot in any city, state or country, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Download Restaurant Awards free from the App Store. Or visit restaurants.winespectator.com to search more than 3,500 restaurants and find all our great dining articles in one convenient location: restaurant guides, sommelier and chef interviews, news and our tributes to our 2016 Grand Award winners.

PRIVATE GUIDE TO DINING Our new, twice-monthly free e-mail newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, sharing our guides to notable dining destinations with great wine lists—from steak houses and seafood restaurants to iconic hotels and resorts. Get top wine picks, keep abreast of food and beverage trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the world's great wine lists: Get pairing advice and find out which wines excite them most.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, POUR! 10TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story and win great prizes! Pick a topic, grab your camera or phone and have fun! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's Annual Video Contest and you could attend our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Our editors will select the finalists, then WineSpectator.com viewers will vote for the winning video. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • About the Restaurant Awards: Learn how the awards got started as editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken recounts his inspiration and how it helped reshape the U.S. dining scene, and hear from dining pros about how the awards help their guests.
  • How to Work a Wine List: Tips from the pros on how to feel comfortable ordering a bottle with dinner, asking for help picking the right wine for your occasion and finding good value.
  • No More Tipping, With Danny Meyer: Why are some U.S. restaurants eliminating gratuities in favor of a service-included menu? Get answers from restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes The Modern and Gramercy Tavern in New York.


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