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9 Restaurants with Champion Wine Lists

These golden Restaurant Award winners around the world honor their countries with top-notch wine lists
Restaurant Statholdergaarden is a fine-dining destination in one of the oldest buildings in Oslo, Norway.
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Restaurant Statholdergaarden is a fine-dining destination in one of the oldest buildings in Oslo, Norway.

Posted: February 15, 2018

When these Olympic Games conclude, many of the star athletes will begin to consider new careers—and few second acts are as popular among retired athletes as making wine. (Olympic downhill skiing champ Lindsey Vonn is already well-versed in both Champagne and cheese.) So in that Olympic spirit, we’ve selected nine destinations that have held Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards for the most consecutive years in the countries that have historically earned the most Winter Olympic medals. We’ve also highlighted a South Korean Restaurant Award winner to honor this year’s host.

To check out more wine-and-food destinations around the world, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,700 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 91 Grand Award recipients worldwide that hold our highest honor.

Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!


The American Hotel
The American Hotel was built in the 19th century and has been managed by the same owner since 1972.

Grand Award
THE AMERICAN HOTEL
A boutique Long Island hotel with Revolutionary War roots
Restaurant Award winner since 1981
49 Main St., Sag Harbor, N.Y.
(631) 725-3535
www.theamericanhotel.com
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Wine list selections 2,000
Inventory 20,000
Wine strengths The program is strongest in French, Californian and Italian wines and features verticals from top local producers.
Cuisine Chef Jonathan Parker worked with renowned culinary figures such as Thomas Keller and Gilbert LeCoze before joining the hotel in 2008. His French menu features farm-to-table dishes such as Long Island Peking Duck, which the restaurant suggests pairing with a bottle of Pommard.
Historic beginnings The building dates to 1846, when it was built on the site of a Revolutionary War–era inn. After decades of neglect, it was purchased by present owner Theodore Conklin in 1972. Conklin renovated the space into a hotel and opened the restaurant July 4 of that year.
Nearby wineries Several wineries are just down the road, including Wölffer Estate, Channing Daughters and Duck Walk.
Intimate accommodations Eight guestrooms offer a mix of charming Victorian antiques and modern luxuries.


Martin Dyrløv Madsen
In the forests of Sweden, PM & Vänner houses a massive cellar of 14,500 wines.

Grand Award
PM & VÄNNER
A Nordic paradise for wine lovers that’s worth the detour
Restaurant Award winner since 2007
Storgatan 22-24, Växjö, Sweden
(46) 4-7070-0444
www.pmrestauranger.se
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday

Wine list selections 4,500
Inventory 14,500
Wine strengths Strengths include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy and Spain, but cofounder Per Bengtsson and head sommelier Rubén Sanz Ramiro are also big proponents of Austrian wines.
Cuisine Norwegian chef Anders Lauring enhances classic Scandinavian cuisine with ultramodern plating and diverse ingredients sourced from nearby woods, lakes and meadows.
Off the beaten path Miles of deserted roads and heavy woods separate PM & Vänner from Sweden’s bustling cities, making the hotel-restaurant a tranquil escape.
Stunning cellar The massive inventory is stored in a temperature-controlled, high-security cellar that’s considered one of the best in Europe.


Restaurant Jörg Müller
Restaurant Jörg Müller is an enchanting boutique hotel with a Grand Award–winning list.

Grand Award
RESTAURANT JÖRG MÜLLER
A wine-infused menu in a charming German hotel
Restaurant Award winner since 1993
Hotel Jörg Müller, Süderstrasse 8, Sylt-Westerland, Germany
(49) 4651-2778-8
www.jmsylt.de
Open for dinner, Wednesday to Monday

Wine list selections 1,700
Inventory 32,000
Wine strengths The wine program is strong across a range of regions, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Germany, Champagne, Italy and Rhône. There is also a standout selection of Port.
Cuisine Chef Jörg Müller’s rustic, regional menu prominently features fish and lamb and incorporates wines into several dishes, like a beef carpaccio with Sherry-lime dressing, fried plaice in Riesling sauce and veal with Champagne mustard.
Enchanting environment Faded red bricks adorned with clusters of rose vines give a homey feel to the 19-room hotel. Two private cottages are also available.
Founding chef German culinary figure Jörg Müller owns the property with his wife, Barbara. In addition to his position as chef, Müller built the wine list and grew it into one of the top programs in the country.


Berghotel Tulbingerkogel
Berghotel Tulbingerkogel features a special menu inspired by family recipes.

Best of Award of Excellence
BERGHOTEL TULBINGERKOGEL
A gastro-hotel with strong ties to its family history
Restaurant Award winner since 1993
Relais du Silence, Tulbingerkogel 1, Mauerbach Bei Wien, Vienna, Austria
(43) 2273-7391
www.tulbingerkogel.at
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Wine list selections 1,500
Inventory 24,000
Wine strengths Wine director Frank Bläuel’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning program has an extensive selection of Austrian bottles and also excels in Bordeaux and Italy.
Cuisine Chef Georg Bläuel creates hearty regional cuisine and offers wine pairings available à la carte or through a prix-fixe menu of four to six courses. Examples of past pairings include scallops and pumpkin with F.X Pichler Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Loibner Beg 2003 and wild duck with La Morandina Castiglione Tinella Barbaresco Bricco Spessa 2003.
Family-owned for decades The Bläuel family has owned the property since 1951. Restaurant guests can book a “diner historique” and enjoy 28 dishes created using more than 40 years of the family’s recipes.
Scenic oasis The 46-room hotel is surrounded by nearly 35 acres of sprawling meadows but is still just a few miles from Vienna.


Best of Award of Excellence
HOTEL WALDHAUS
Serious wines served with stunning views
Restaurant Award winner since 1994
Via Dimlej 6, St. Moritz, Switzerland
(41) 818-36-60-00
www.waldhaus-am-see.ch
Open for lunch and dinner, daily

Wine list selections 1,150
Inventory 21,000
Wine strengths Hans-Peter Friedli’s 42-page list spans more than 20 countries but excels in French regions. The program is also strong in selections from Switzerland and Tuscany. Sandro Bernasconi, whose family has owned the hotel since 1983, serves as sommelier and general manager.
Cuisine Chef Hans Bundi serves steak house–style dishes influenced by Swiss cuisine and ingredients, like a duet of beef and salmon tartar, chateaubriand steak with béarnaise sauce and sliced veal “Zurich” style with a mushroom sauce. Two creamy whisky sauces are also available using Ardbeg and Edradour aged for 10 years in the hotel’s cellar, which features one of the largest selections of whiskies in the world.
Surrounded by Swiss landscapes The hotel immerses guests in Switzerland’s natural beauty, with stunning views from each of the 50 rooms and wrap-around windows in the dining room overlooking Lake St. Moritz.
Prized selections The cellar boasts a bevy of trophy bottles like 1961 Château Margaux ($1,650) and a 74-bottle vertical of Château Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac going back to 1918.


Restaurant Muru
Restaurant Muru will pour guests a glass of any bottle on the list under $98.

Best of Award of Excellence
RESTAURANT MURU
A passion project backed by decades of experience
Restaurant Award winner since 2017
Fredrikinkatu 41, Helsinki, Finland
(358) 3-0047-2335
www.murudining.fi
Open for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday

Wine list selections 410
Inventory 2,965
Wine strengths Samuil Angelov focuses on Old-World regions with this wine list, which is strongest in Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and France.
Cuisine The regional menu is designed with wine in mind, and chef Turo Väärti will sometimes even tweak a recipe to better complement a particular bottle.
Close culinary team Owners Samuil Angelov, Henri Alén and Timo Linnamäki are longtime friends who say they drew inspiration from French and Italian bistros to create a place where they would want to spend their spare time.
Flexible format The restaurant will serve any bottle under $98 by the glass, and the list notes that if guests don’t find what they’re looking for among the 410 selections, a book of specialties from the cellar is also available.


Restaurant Statholdergaarden
Restaurant Statholdergaarden offers various forms of French tasting menus.

Best of Award of Excellence
RESTAURANT STATHOLDERGAARDEN
An extensive tasting menu made for wine pairing
Restaurant Award winner since 2001
Radhusgaten 11, Oslo, Norway
(47) 22-41-88-00
www.statholdergaarden.no
Open for dinner, Monday to Saturday

Wine list selections 550
Inventory 7,500
Wine strengths Instead of boasting lengthy verticals, wine director Daniel Ness chooses to be more selective, offering only what he considers to be the best bottles on his 550-selection list. The program features a healthy mix of Old and New World regions with strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy and Germany.
Cuisine Chef Bent Stiansen’s 18-course French menu changes every three weeks and starts at $312, with wine pairings for an additional $272. There is also an eight-course daily tasting menu available in four, five or six courses starting at $190.
Historic house Built in 1640, the building is one of the oldest in the city and was inhabited by several prominent political figures before the Stiansen family converted it into a restaurant in 1994.


Vin.ga
Vin.ga pairs its 800-selection wine list with nightly live jazz.

Best of Award of Excellence
VIN.GA
A lively jazz bar meets an upscale dining room
Restaurant Award winner since 2011
634-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
(82) 2-516-1761
www.vinga.co.kr
Open for dinner, Monday to Saturday

Wine list selections 800
Inventory 6,500
Wine strengths Vin.ga lives up to its name, which translates to “house of wine,” with three separate cellars and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning list with strengths in Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Italy and Rhône. Managed by Jun Keun Kim, the program includes several rare vintages including a 1964 Château Cos Labory ($506).
Cuisine Chef Allen Suh creates decadent wine-friendly dishes influenced by French and Italian cuisine such as pappardelle with duck ragu and chicken truffle roulade.
Unparalleled selection Vin.ga claims to have the largest wine selection in Korea.
Fine-dining fixtures The restaurant offers classic caviar service to pair with its more than 40 Champagnes, and various cheese carts with house-made charcuterie plates. There are live jazz performances every night in the dining room.


Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
Canada’s Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro is ideal for guests who enjoy exploring wines through flights.

Award of Excellence
VINEYARDS WINE BAR BISTRO
A focused list in a longtime Canadian wine destination
Restaurant Award winner since 1989
54 York St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(613)-241-4270
www.vineyards.ca
Open for dinner, daily

Wine list selections 90
Inventory 2,100
Wine strengths Owner and wine director Barbara Mireault’s list is strongest in France, Australia and Canada.
Cuisine Chef Chelsea Derry’s menu contains seafood staples from around the world, from oysters and crab cakes to Cajun jambalaya and shrimp and scallops in herb-garlic butter.
Featured flights Vineyards offers 25 assorted wine flights of three 2-ounce pours, with categories such as “Savvy Sauvignons” from Mapu, Chile, Le Jamelles, France, and Monkey Bay, New Zealand and “French Terroir” featuring a Cellier des Dauphins Cote du Rhône, a Château de Courteillac Bordeaux and Le Jamelles Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintages vary.
Local landmark Housed in a building constructed in 1875, the wine bar has been open since 1979.

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