Six restaurants have newly earned Wine Spectator’s Grand Award in 2014, the highest honor for a restaurant wine list. Clos Maggiore in London; La Toque in Napa, Calif.; Nice Matin in New York; Saison in San Francisco; the Stonehouse in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Studio in Laguna Beach, Calif., join 68 other restaurants that have successfully maintained their Grand Award status as the world’s top wine destinations for diners.
“This is one of the biggest achievements of my career,” said Aviram Turgeman, wine director of Nice Matin. “[Owner] Simon [Oren] and I are proud to receive this award, as over the years we put a lot of effort and investment into the wine program. The team is thrilled with this, too, excited to see the impact on the restaurant and eager to continue implementing their knowledge.”
Wine Spectator has honored the world’s best wine lists since 1981. Grand Award winners generally offer 1,500 or more selections, with superior breadth and depth in many of the world’s classic wine-producing regions. They have also passed a rigorous inspection that evaluates the overall quality of their wine program, cellars, service, ambience and cuisine.
This year, 3,748 restaurants around the world, representing all 50 states and 81 other countries and territories, have earned Restaurant Awards. Of these, 2,791 restaurants earned the program’s entry-level Award of Excellence, which recognizes a wine list of approximately 90 or more quality wine selections that thematically matches a restaurant’s cuisine. Another 883 restaurants earned the program’s mid-tier Best of Award of Excellence for offering a wine list of typically 350 or more selections with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions.
The complete list of award winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator (available on newsstands July 22), which also includes detailed analysis of wine list trends and full profiles of the new Grand Award winners. All of the restaurants can be found in WineSpectator.com’s free Restaurant Search, where you’ll find information about their wine selections, cuisine, prices, key staff and more.