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In the Aug. 31, 2018 Issue

Restaurant Wine List Awards

Some of these award-winning cellars chart a steady course of tried-and-true selections. Others are constantly scouting new discoveries. Whatever the approach, these restaurants share a commitment to maintaining stellar wine programs.

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

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

Cover Story

The 2018 Annual Restaurant Guide
- Each year, our Restaurant Awards program recognizes the most exciting wine lists around the world. In this issue, we highlight 3,759 restaurants, from 50 states and more than 75 countries, whose passion for wine makes them singular dining destinations for enophiles.
Grand Award Honor Roll
Biography of a Wine List - Today's restaurant wine programs are far from staid. Each has a unique and evolving life, an amalgam of the restaurateur’s vision, the wine staff's expertise and the customers' desires
New Grand Award Winners
Ai Fiori - New York
Barolo Grill - Denver
Le Coureur Des Bois - Beloeil, Québec
Madera - Menlo Park, Calif.
Metropolitan Grill - Seattle
Restaurant Mosaic - Pretoria, South Africa
Sistina - New York
Class of  ’81 - Profiles of the pioneering recipients of Wine Spectator's inaugural Grand Awards
Dining Guide - A complete directory of this year's Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the U.S. and abroad

WineSpectator.com: Visit Our Restaurant Awards: Search our online listings and find maps, news and more!


Tasting Reports

Beat the Heat - A spate of hot vintages have challenged Washington vintners, but the state’s big reds and diverse values continue to impress in 2015
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 455 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.

WineSpectator.com: Bonus Video: What's So Special About The Rocks?: Geologist Kevin Pogue explains the unique terroir of The Rocks District AVA.


Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum Party


Course Correction - When Michael Clarke took the top job at troubled Treasury Wine Estates in 2014, he was a newcomer to wine. Now he’s turning the business around
Michael Clarke’s Power Brands


Portuguese Whites - The country’s diverse white wines shine in summer
FREE: Portugal Whites Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 160 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.


Education - Wine Spectator Learning Center unveiled at Sonoma State University


Bordeaux Weathers Devastating Hailstorm

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

Savvy Shopper

Summer Whites, Spanish Reds, Piedmont Standouts


Ice Cream by Mail


Luxe Hotel Packages Across the United States


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




Kim Marcus - Eye on Ojai
Matt Kramer - Your wineglass runneth over

A Perfect Match

Lamb Chops with Barbaresco

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina in Washington, D.C. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

THE WORLD'S BEST WINE LISTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards app helps you find restaurants with the world's leading wine lists. Every dining destination in this app—covering all 50 U.S. states and 75+ countries—has earned a Wine Spectator award for its dedication to wine. The app allows you to search through more than 3,700 award winners to find the ultimate wine experience.

RESTAURANTS.WINESPECTATOR.COM Have you visited our Restaurant Awards site? Our free online Restaurant Search has been upgraded so you can easily find the 2018 award winners, 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 2018 Grand Award winners.

PRIVATE GUIDE TO DINING Our twice-monthly, free email newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, from bucket-list destinations to perfect pizza places. Get great wine picks for dining out, keep on top of drinks trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more. Sign up!

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

FOLLOW THE RESTAURANT AWARDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA Keep up with Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards program on Twitter at @WSRestoAwards and Instagram at @WSRestaurantAwards.

WINE SPECTATOR'S 12TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story to compete for great prizes! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's annual Video Contest and you could win tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Aug. 20. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

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