Food & Drink

September 2, 2009

Ninety South Florida Restaurants receive Wine Spectator Awards

The Annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List Awards is out and from Stuart to Key West ninety South Florida Restaurants have received these prestigious awards and one of them is a Grand Award Winner.

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.The three levels of awards are: The first level is the Award of Excellence, there are 3,249 winners, 74 of them are from South Florida. This is Wine Spectator’s basic award, for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections.The next level is Best of Award of Excellence, there are 797 winners, 15 of them are from South Florida. This is Wine Spectator’s second-tier award, created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions. And the highest Wine Spectator award a restaurant receive is the Grand Award. There are 73 winners throughout the world and one is from South Florida. The Grand Award is Wine Spectator’s highest award and is given to restaurants that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program. These restaurants typically offer 1,500 selections or more, and feature serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu and superior organization, presentation and wine service.

In South Florida we have one Grand Award Winner, L’Escalier at The Breakers in Palm Beach under the artful and genius direction of Master Sommelier Virginia Philip and her team of talented Sommeliers Juan Gomez, Amanda Marshall and Elisha Baron.

We have fifteen restaurants that have received the Best of Award of Excellence and seventy-four restaurants that have received the Award of Excellence. These lists are impressive and remarkable not to mention the extraordinary work and talent that goes into choosing the wines that appear on each list. In honor of all ninety restaurants in our ‘hometown’ have dinner at a few, be it special occasion or date night or just a Tuesday night out with friends; check out the wine list ask the Sommelier or General Manager to recommend a wine for you by the glass or the bottle and raise your glass in admiration to a job very well done and acknowledging how proud we are of our Award Winning Restaurants. Cheers!

The fifteen restaurants that received the Best of Award of Excellence are:

Arturo’s Restaurant, Boca Raton
Bourbon Steak, Aventura
Café Boulud, Palm Beach
Café L’Europe, Palm Beach
The Capital Grille, Fort Lauderdale
The Capital Grille, Miami
Casa D’Angelo, Fort Lauderdale
Casa Juancho, Miami
Emeril’s Miami Beach, Miami Beach
Fifth Avenue Grill, Delray Beach
The Forge, Miami Beach
Forté, West Palm Beach
Marcello’s La Sirena, West Palm Beach
Max & Eddie’s Cucina, Singer Island
The Restaurant, Miami Beach

The seventy-four restaurants that received the Award of Excellence are:

A Fish Called Avalon, Miami Beach
Abe & Louie’s, Boca Raton
Acqua, Miami
Azul, Miami
Bagatelle, Key West
Bistro Mezzaluna, Fort Lauderdale
Blue Heaven, Key West
Bova Prime, Fort Lauderdale
Bova Ristorante, Boca Raton
Café Chardonnay, Palm Beach Gardens
Café Martorano, Fort Lauderdale
Café Seville, Fort Lauderdale
Café Solé, Key West
Caffé Luna Rosa, Delray Beach
The Capital Grille, Palm Beach Gardens
Casa D’Angelo, Boca Raton
Cero, Fort Lauderdale
Chops Lobster Bar, Boca Raton
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, West Palm Beach
City Oyster, Delray Beach
Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, Fort Lauderdale
Council Oak, Hollywood
Darrel & Oliver’s Café Maxx, Pompano Beach
East City Grill, Weston
Flagler Grill, Stuart
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Coral Gables
Fogo De Chao, Miami Beach
Frankie’s 124, Hallandale Beach
Gol! The Taste of Brazil, Delray Beach
Grand Café Key West, Key West
Grille 66 & Bar, Fort Lauderdale
Hi-Life Café, Fort Lauderdale
Jackson’s Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale
Johnny V, Fort Lauderdale
Mancini’s, Fort Lauderdale
Mangia Mangia, Key West
Meat Market, Miami Beach
The Melting Pot, Coral Springs
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Boca Raton
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale
Morton’s The Steakhouse, West Palm Beach
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Coral Gables
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Miami
Morton’s The Steakhouse, North Miami Beach
Opus 5, Boca Raton
Ortanique, Coral Gables
The Palm, Bay Harbor Island
Pascal’s on Ponce, Coral Gables
Pelican, Miami Beach
Pisces By Café Des Artistes, Key West
Prime One Twelve, Miami Beach
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Miami Beach
Red The Steakhouse, Miami Beach
The River Oyster Bar, Miami
Roof Top Café, Key West
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Coral Gables
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Boca Raton
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fort Lauderdale
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, North Palm Beach
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, West Palm Beach
Seasons 52, Boca Raton
Seasons 52, Fort Lauderdale
Seasons 52, Palm Beach
Smith & Wollensky, Miami Beach
Solu, Singer Island
Sunfish Grill, Fort Lauderdale
3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale
Town Kitchen & Bar, South Miami
The Trapiche Room, Miami
Trevini Ristorante, Palm Beach
Truluck’s, Boca Raton
The Tuscan Grill, Fort Lauderdale
Village Tavern, Pembroke Pines
Wish, Miami Beach



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