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Aug 31, 2018

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 Stories

Grand Award Winners of 2018

Grand Award Winners of 2018

The Restaurant Awards program recognizes the most exciting wine lists around the world. This year …
Aug 31, 2018
Biography of a Wine List

Biography of a Wine List

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards program, introduced in 1981, is now in its 38th year of …
Aug 31, 2018
Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori

New Grand Award winner Ai Fiori excels at balance. Dishes are rich but not heavy; the atmosphere is …
Aug 31, 2018
Barolo Grill

Barolo Grill

New Grand Award winner Barolo Grill's key staff go on annual trips to Italy to hone the restaurant …
Aug 31, 2018
Le Coureur Des Bois

Le Coureur Des Bois

New Grand Award winner Le Coureur des Bois has aimed to build an award-winning wine program since …
Aug 31, 2018
Madera

Madera

New Grand Award winner Madera, located in Rosewood Sand Hill resort in Santa Cruz, Calif., is a …
Aug 31, 2018
Metropolitan Grill

Metropolitan Grill

New Grand Award winner Metropolitan Grill has a dining room that evokes a commodious brasserie. …
Aug 31, 2018
Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic

The owners of this new Grand Award winner have created a distinctive dining experience full of …
Aug 31, 2018
Sistina

Sistina

New Grand Award winner Sistina has done a remarkable job of evolving with the times while maintaini…
Aug 31, 2018
Class of ’81

Class of ’81

Since its inception, the  Wine Spectator  Grand Award has motivated restaurants to keep their wine …
Aug 31, 2018
The 2018 Restaurant Awards

The 2018 Restaurant Awards

Wine Spectator pays tribute to wine lists that excel, with honorees representing all 50 states and …
Aug 31, 2018

Tasting Reports

Washington Alphabetical Listing

Washington Alphabetical Listing

A free alphabetical list offering more than 455 Washington wines reviewed for the tasting report is …
Aug 31, 2018
Sun Shines on Washington

Sun Shines on Washington

In Washington, the 2015 growing season was difficult due to record-breaking heat. The 2016 vintage …
Aug 31, 2018

Features

Fun, Food, Friendship and Plenty of Wine Magnums

Fun, Food, Friendship and Plenty of Wine Magnums

The mood was jubilant at the Bring Your Own Magnum party in Napa Valley, with nearly 600 guests …
Aug 31, 2018
Michael Clarke Is In a Hurry

Michael Clarke Is In a Hurry

In early 2014, Michael Clarke took the job as CEO of Treasury Wine Estates. He had never worked in …
Aug 31, 2018
Michael Clarke’s Power Brands

Michael Clarke’s Power Brands

Over time, Treasury Wine Estates has built a portfolio of more than 70 brands. CEO Michael Clarke …
Aug 31, 2018
A Lighter Side of Portugal

A Lighter Side of Portugal

In Portugal, winemakers are producing exceptional white wines, drawing on the country's wealth of …
Aug 31, 2018

Grapevine

Ice Cream in Your Mailbox

Ice Cream in Your Mailbox

As of late, access to gourmet and new flavors of ice cream has grown. Ice cream producers—both …
Aug 31, 2018
Sonoma State Unveils Wine Spectator Learning Center

Sonoma State Unveils Wine Spectator Learning Center

The grand opening of the Wine Spectator Learning Center took place under the watch of industry …
Aug 31, 2018
Devastating Hailstorms Strike Bordeaux

Devastating Hailstorms Strike Bordeaux

On May 26, growers in Bordeaux watched helplessly as hail pummeled 13,590 acres, with 7,413 acres …
Aug 31, 2018
Summer Whites, Spanish Reds, Piedmont Standouts

Summer Whites, Spanish Reds, Piedmont Standouts

Bruce Sanderson brings you a selection of tantalizing white wines from around the globe, a group of …
Aug 31, 2018
Luxe Hotel Packages Across the United States

Luxe Hotel Packages Across the United States

Samantha Falewée recommends luxury travel packages that include an insider's experience at the …
Aug 31, 2018

Departments

Surviving California’s Other Wine Country Fire

Surviving California’s Other Wine Country Fire

Vintner Adam Tolmach's focus on small-scale, craft-oriented wines epitomizes the Ojai spirit. …
Aug 31, 2018
Half-Full to the Brim

Half-Full to the Brim

Young wine lovers seem resentful, or worse, about the out-of-reach prices of famous traditional …
Aug 31, 2018
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers share their thoughts, ideas and opinions on the stories we publish on the …
Aug 31, 2018
Our Restaurant Awards

Our Restaurant Awards

Editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the Aug. 31, 2018, issue, with stories on the 2018 …
Aug 31, 2018
Lamb Chops With Barbaresco

Lamb Chops With Barbaresco

As chef-owner of the Washington, D.C., restaurant Centrolina, a winner of Wine Spectator 's 2018 …
Aug 31, 2018

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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.

Web Exclusive Content

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