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The World's Best Restaurants for Wine

Wine Spectator's annual Dining Guide lists 2,332 restaurants with award-winning wine lists

Posted: September 22, 2000

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The World's Best Restaurants for Wine

Wine Spectator's annual Dining Guide lists 2,332 restaurants with award-winning wine lists

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Traveling? Looking for a place to eat where you can find a good bottle of wine? This issue will serve as your essential guide to wine-friendly restaurants.

Each year since 1981, Wine Spectator has singled out restaurants with worthy wine lists for our restaurant awards program. This year, the Dining Guide lists more than 2,300 restaurants worldwide. No other guide in the world covers so much ground or focuses so intensively on wine as a crucial aspect of fine dining.

Wine Spectator's highest honor is the Grand Award. It takes extraordinary passion, dedication and financial commitment to build a wine list deserving of this award; in general, Grand Award-winning restaurants offer upwards of 1,000 selections, backed by cellars holding 10,000 bottles or more. They must also pass an on-site inspection by one of our editors. Only 87 restaurants around the world have earned our Grand Award, including five new winners for 2000, which are profiled in the following pages.

Not every restaurant owner has the energy or funds to build a Grand Award-winning list. But every diner has the right to enjoy a variety of wines on a list tailored to fit the restaurant's menu and ambience. Restaurants with good or very good wine lists are eligible to win our Award of Excellence or more demanding Best of Award of Excellence.

Our editorial staff in New York evaluated wine lists from more than 600 hopeful restaurants this year. Previous winners were required to submit new lists in order to hold on to their awards. The results are on display in our Dining Guide, which comprises the complete roster of award winners, a total of 2,332 restaurants from around the globe. Tasting coordinator James Molesworth offers an analysis of this year's entries and results, while editorial assistant Ryan Isaac reports on nearly 20 intriguing new award winners, whose profiles can be found within the 48 pages of the Dining Guide.

It's not possible for us to visit every restaurant we list here, and we depend on reader response to let us know when an award winner falls short of providing a completely satisfactory dining experience. (Please send comments, both positive and negative, to us at restaurantawards@mshanken.com.) But we can vouch that their lists are solid and that each restaurant we honor cares about wine and the people who enjoy it. We hope this Dining Guide will serve as a helpful tool for those who know that a bottle of fine wine is an essential part of a memorable meal.

For full coverage of the World's Best Restaurants For Wine, please see the Sept. 30, 2000, issue of Wine Spectator magazine, page 62.

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