Thursday, October 11, 2018

The latest updated awards list from Wine Spectator

Which venues in the Greater Capital Region received Wine Spectator awards at various levels for best restaurant wine lists? Quite a few, as you can see from this updated list which includes nearby New England.

Wine Spectator gives awards at three level -- the Grand Award, a comparative rarity (there are only 91 such awardees worldwide), the Award of Excellence, and the Best of Award of Excellence.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature "a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Ranging in size from 90 selections to several hundred, these lists are well-focused and tend to emphasize discovery. This year, 2,453 restaurants achieved the Award of Excellence."

The Best of Award of Excellence, "granted to 1,215 restaurants in 2018, honors wine programs that take their commitment a step further; it recognizes lists that display excellent breadth across multiple regions and/or significant vertical depth of top wines, along with superior presentation."

The Grand Award, the program’s highest honor, "is the ultimate recognition for restaurants with world-class wine programs. This sought-after award is presented to restaurants that show uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program. These wine lists, which typically have 1,000 or more selections, deliver serious breadth of top producers and outstanding depth in mature vintages, in addition to selections of large-format bottles."

• Yono's, 25 Chapel Street, Albany
• Provence Restaurant & Wine Bar, Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland
• Village Pizzeria & Ristorante, 2727 Route 29, Middle Grove
• Friends Lake Inn, 963 Friends Lake Road, Chestertown
• Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
• Cafe Adam, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA
• Wheatleigh, Wheatleigh Hotel, West Hawthorne Road, Lenox, MA
• The Red Lion Inn, 30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
• Blantyre, 16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, MA


• Milano, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham
• Dukes Chophouse, Rivers Casino & Resort, 1 Rush Street, Schenectady
• The Red Onion, 1654 Route 212, Saugerties
• Ship Lantern Inn, 1725 Route 9W, Milton
• Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Br, 54 Crossing Boulevard, Clifton Park
• Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar, 440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 
• Brava, 27 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA
• Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs
• Diamond Club Grill, Embassy Suites by Hilton, 86 Congress Street, Saratoga Springs
• Salt & Char, The Adelphi Hotel, 353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
• The Blue Hen, The Adelphi Hotel, 353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
• Chianti Il Bistro, 18 Division Street, Saratoga Springs
• Sperry's Restaurant, 30 1/2 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs
• The Wine Bar, 417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
• 15 Church, 15 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
• The Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs
• The Wishing Well, 745 Saratoga Road, Wilton
• Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, 17-39 West Road, Manchester Village, VT
• Raven's Den Steakhouse & Taproom, 1844 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT
• Bistro Henry, 1942 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT
• Mistral's At Toll Gate, 10 Toll Gate Road, Manchester Center, VT
• Barrows House Restaurant & Tap Room, 3156 Route 30, Dorset, VT
• The Dorset Inn, 8 Church Street, Dorset, VT
• Milano, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham
• Artisans at Lake Placid Lodge, 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid
• Kanu Dining Room, The Whiteface Lodge, 7 Whiteface Inn Lane, Lake Placid

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