Three restaurants have earned Wine Spectator's highest recognition for wine selection and service, the Grand Award, joining 70 others who have won the honor. Alto and Del Posto in New York and Restaurant Guy Savoy in Las Vegas are recognized in the Aug. 31 issue of the magazine, arriving soon at newsstands.
|At Restaurant Guy Savoy (from left), sommelier Phillip Park, chef Guy Savoy and wine director Stuart Roy.|
All three restaurants deliver exceptional cuisine, service and ambience; each offers a distinctive approach to their wine programs. Del Posto concentrates on Italian wines, including 380 Barolos. Alto also has an excellent selection of Italian wines, but adds offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and the Rhône. Restaurant Guy Savoy, at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip, is deep in classic Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Established in 1981, Wine Spectator's Grand Award recognizes the world's best restaurants for wine. Only 73 establishments currently hold our highest honor, including the three new winners in 2008.
|Del Posto restaurateurs (from left) Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joseph Bastianich, Lidia's son.|
Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards program reached an unprecedented mark in 2008 as 4,129 restaurants won recognition. Of those, 3,254 restaurants earned the Award of Excellence; 802 earned the Best of Award of Excellence; and 73 earned the program's top honors, the Grand Award. There are award winners in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries around the world.
All of the award-winning restaurants are listed in the annual dining guide in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator. Coming July 16, complete listing details for all of the 2008 award winners can be found in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine list pricing and strengths, corkage policy and cuisine type. Site members can also share their own personal ratings and reviews.