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Restaurant Awards
Aug 31, 2011

Restaurant Awards

The 30th anniversary of Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program sees five new Grand Award winners join the ranks of the world’s greatest wine lists. A look at how wine service has been transformed in the past three decades, and what lies ahead.

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Cover Stories

Grand Award Winners of 2011

Grand Award Winners of 2011

Wine Spectator 's Grand Award, founded in 1981, honors outstanding restaurants with extraordinary …
Aug 31, 2011
Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

There's no escaping the bones of the building," says Eleven Madison Park owner Danny Meyer, who …
Aug 31, 2011
Gilt

Gilt

As the doors open on Gilt, it's easy to imagine yourself as a character in an Edith Wharton novel, …
Aug 31, 2011
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

In 2010, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse earned a debut Grand Award for its Houston location, which opened …
Aug 31, 2011
The Pluckemin Inn

The Pluckemin Inn

When Carl and Gloria LaGrassa decided to buy a rundown shot-and-beer joint in north-central New …
Aug 31, 2011
Restaurante Rekondo

Restaurante Rekondo

San Sebastián, in northwestern Spain, counts only 180,000 residents, but can make a plausible case …
Aug 31, 2011
A Growing Passion for Wine

A Growing Passion for Wine

Those of us who lived through it can only shake our heads in amazement at how much restaurant wine …
Aug 31, 2011
Six Who Made a Difference

Six Who Made a Difference

Six restaurateurs reflect on their success with wine. Wine Spectator 's Harvey Steiman and Nathan …
Aug 31, 2011
The 2011 Restaurant Awards

The 2011 Restaurant Awards

In the pages that follow, you'll find listings for all the restaurants that earned a Wine …
Aug 31, 2011
Riding a Wave of Wine

Riding a Wave of Wine

In 1981, Wine Spectator debuted the Grand Award as a way to identify and honor restaurants whose …
Aug 31, 2011
The World’s Best Wine Lists

The World’s Best Wine Lists

It doesn't take a Wine Spectator Grand Award to stir excitement around wine, though. This year, a …
Aug 31, 2011
Time in a Bottle

Time in a Bottle

As our Wine Spectator list award program turns 30, we find diversity and depth defining today's …
Aug 31, 2011

Tasting Reports

Sauvignon Blanc's Expanding Horizons

Sauvignon Blanc's Expanding Horizons

California Sauvignon Blanc offers a large selection of delicious wines to choose from, with some of …
Aug 31, 2011

Grapevine

Seghesio Family Sells Historic Winery

Seghesio Family Sells Historic Winery

Seghesio Vineyards, a historic Sonoma winery that transformed itself from a jug-wine factory into …
Aug 31, 2011
Deal Watch

Deal Watch

Wine Spectator reports that Rémy Cointreau announced June 1 that it has sealed the deal to sell …
Aug 31, 2011
The Birthplace of the Bean

The Birthplace of the Bean

Because Wine Spectator 's Mark Pendergrast writes about coffee, people are forever asking him, …
Aug 31, 2011
Bring Your Own Fun

Bring Your Own Fun

Usually California is warm and dry as June dawns, but unusually cold, soggy weather couldn't …
Aug 31, 2011
The 2011 Vintage: Down South

The 2011 Vintage: Down South

While this year's grapes ars still on the vine in the United States and Europe, there's juice …
Aug 31, 2011
Stormy Napa Auction Raises $7.3 Million

Stormy Napa Auction Raises $7.3 Million

This year's Auction Napa Valley raised a cool (and soggy) $5.8 million at the June 4 live auction, …
Aug 31, 2011
Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest!

Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest!

Submit your video to Wine Spectator 's fifth annual Video Contest. Just make it short, educational …
Aug 31, 2011
Sauvignon Summer, Bargain Hunting, Distinctive Whites and Global Reds

Sauvignon Summer, Bargain Hunting, Distinctive Whites and Global Reds

Crackling with acidity and bursting with citrus and mineral flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal …
Aug 31, 2011
Aussie Health Group Says No to Alcohol, Even in Moderation

Aussie Health Group Says No to Alcohol, Even in Moderation

An Australian health organization has issued an eyebrow-raising report urging people to abstain …
Aug 31, 2011
This Wine Contains Fish

This Wine Contains Fish

Wine Spectator 's Christina Zapel reports that if you're one of the millions of Canadians who …
Aug 31, 2011
How Evolution Made Nature's Perfect Winemaker

How Evolution Made Nature's Perfect Winemaker

Biologists estimate that there are at least 1,500 different species of yeast. But when it comes to …
Aug 31, 2011
Vodka's Novel Flavors

Vodka's Novel Flavors

You've stumbled upon a purveyor of a palate-boggling array of flavors. His shelves offer everything …
Aug 31, 2011
Cellars 101: How to Buy Wine at Auction

Cellars 101: How to Buy Wine at Auction

Why buy wine at auction? Primarily because the breadth of fine and rare wines on offer far exceeds …
Aug 31, 2011

Departments

Puntarella Salad With Gavi di Gavi

Puntarella Salad With Gavi di Gavi

Busman's holidays are common for chefs, and often productive. When chef Marc Vetri and his wife, …
Aug 31, 2011
Extreme Wine Lists

Extreme Wine Lists

Some time ago, a young restaurateur approached Wine Spectator 's James Laube at a wine event and …
Aug 31, 2011
Keeping Your Cool

Keeping Your Cool

Wine Spectator 's Matt Kramer confesses that he continues to crave red wine during warm weather …
Aug 31, 2011
Letters

Letters

Aug 31, 2011
Restaurants and Wine

Restaurants and Wine

When Wine Spectator debuted the Grand Awards in 1981, the idea of honoring restaurant wine lists …
Aug 31, 2011

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2011 Restaurant Award listings, with nearly 4,000 wine-loving restaurants, are searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Find out their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

2011 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's fifth annual video contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the best, and the finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Find everything including rules and previous years finalists.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Bordeaux Values: How can you find delicious Bordeaux that doesn't break the bank? Join James Molesworth as he shares some of his favorite values from the region.
  • Piedmont Reds and Whites: Learn more about this Italian region and its signature wines, including Barolo, one of the world's great reds, and Arneis, a white brought back from near-extinction.

ASK DR. VINNY Have questions about wine? Our saucy expert addresses everything from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette.


RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2011 Restaurant Awards program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots.

PERSONAL WINE LIST Create shopping lists. Organize your purchases. Track the contents of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Use the PWL to create as many lists as you need, add rated and unrated wines, and get updates on the value of wines in your collection.

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