Class of ’81

The 13 original Grand Award winners laid the foundation for today's wine list riches
Class of ’81
Ted Conklin, owner of the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, N.Y., has maintained a Grand Award cellar since the award program’s inception in 1981. (Gordon M Grant)
Aug 31, 2018

Since its inception, the Wine Spectator Grand Award has motivated restaurants to keep their wine programs at the highest level. Today, 91 wine programs, including three original winners, hold the Grand Award. The Grand Award winners in the "Class of 2018" carry the legacy of excellence shaped by the 13 pioneering wine destinations profiled within.

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