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In the Aug. 31, 2017 Issue

Restaurant Wine List Awards

Today, restaurants view their wine lists as an integral part of their character. In the annual Restaurant Awards issue, Wine Spectator presents nearly 3,600 restaurants around the globe that have earned our distinction for wine-list excellence, including five that are receiving our highest honor, the Grand Award, for the first time in 2017.

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

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

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

Cover Story

The 2017 Annual Restaurant Guide
- Our annual Restaurant Awards issue spotlights the best wine lists from all over the world. This year, nearly 3,600 restaurants from 50 states and more than 75 countries earned honors in our program, reflecting their commitment to providing wine lovers a pleasureful dining experience.
Grand Award Honor Roll
Wine Sets the Scene - The wine list is an integral part of a restaurant's character, helping a venue to stand out from the crowd and express its identity to guests
New Grand Award Winners
- Profiles of the restaurants joining the wine-list elite this year
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - New York
Grill 23 & Bar - Boston
Les Climats - Paris
PM & Vänner Växjö - Sweden
Wally's Beverly Hills - Los Angeles

WineSpectator.com: Have you seen our Restaurant Awards site? Our free online Restaurant Search has been upgraded so you can easily find the 2017 award winners nearest you, 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 2017 Grand Award winners.

Dining Guide - A complete directory of this year's Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and abroad

WineSpectator.com: 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!

Features

Tasting Reports

Washington Heats Up - A series of warm vintages have produced an impressive range of bold, complex reds and fresh whites, but tannins remain an issue for some
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 430 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 VIDEOS Washington State Primer: What makes the state’s Cabernets and Chardonnays stand out

Portugal's Pedigree - The historic home of Port is yielding an increasing number of exceptional table wines from a dizzying array of terroirs
FREE: Portugal Alphabetical Listing - More than 315 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.

Events

Wine Spectator Magnum Party Toasts Napa
Auction Napa Valley Raises $15.7 Million

Wine

New Zealand - Imports of New Zealand wines hit a new high in the United States
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 365 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.

Grapevine

Business

Wine Stars in Two New Films

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

World

Jackson Family Buys Pinot Star Brewer-Clifton
Ernie Els Wines Owner Buys Neighbor
In Memoriam: Richard Ward: Carneros Pinot Pioneer and L. Pierce Carson: Eyes of Napa

Health

Scientists Seek the Elusive Cure for Hangovers
Study: Cheese and Heart Disease Unlinked

Savvy Shopper

French Whites, Spanish Reds and Wines from New Zealand

Cheese

Raw-milk Stichelton

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Spirits

Vodka

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles about spirits.

Travel

Tuscany's Luxurious Il Borgo at Castello Banfi
Taste of Sonoma
Krug Festival: Into the Wild

Departments

FAQ: Washington

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette, three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Wine romantics

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Baked Goat Cheese with Vouvray

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 will help 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 Restaurant Award for its dedication to wine. The app will allow you to search through nearly 3,600 award winners to help you 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 2017 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 2017 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.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, POUR! 11TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's annual Video Contest and you could win entry to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Submit by Monday, Sept. 4. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent additions to our collection:

  • About the Restaurant Awards: Learn how the awards got started as editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken recounts his inspiration and how it helped reshape the U.S. dining scene.
  • How to Work a Wine List: Tips from the pros on how to feel comfortable ordering a bottle with dinner, asking for help picking the right wine for your occasion, and finding good value.
  • No More Tipping, With Danny Meyer: Why are some U.S. restaurants eliminating gratuities in favor of a service-included menu? Get answers from restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes the Modern and Gramercy Tavern in New York.


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