We just received our latest copy of Wine Spectator in the mail and it is one of the issues I most look forward to each year – “The List.” The first “list” was published 30 years ago in 1981, and much has changed since then, as mentioned in the article.
This year 3,700+ restaurants (U.S. and international) that won a Wine Spectator award for their wine programs are listed in more than 60 pages. There are three award levels and instructions on interpreting the guide (see p. 84). You may also access the list at: http://www.winespectator.com/restaurants/search
I’m not sure if this issue (dated August 31, 2011) has hit the newsstands yet, but keep an eye out for it, especially if you travel much or just want to see what restaurants are featured in your state or country. I immediately went to the North Carolina section to see how many of these restaurants I’ve visited. No real surprises and many new places to visit, especially next time we go to the outer banks or to the mountains!
This annual issue is a great read and a keeper for future reference.
Eat, drink and be merry!