Thursday, July 10, 2014

Glorious grapes

Twenty-seven Bay area eateries receive coveted accolades from Wine Spectator magazine.

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click to enlarge This year, the magazine recognized 3,748 restaurants' wine selections. - CL ARCHIVE
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  • This year, the magazine recognized 3,748 restaurants' wine selections.

The winners of Wine Spectator's annual Restaurant Wine List Awards were revealed yesterday, and 27 restaurants throughout the Bay area made the cut.

From all 50 states and more than 80 countries, 3,748 eateries took home one of three awards for their lust-worthy wine lists, which needed to contain interesting offerings, mesh well with the cuisine being served and tantalize a variety of wine enthusiasts' taste buds.

The Grand Award (the magazine's highest honor) had 74 winners, the Best of Award of Excellence had 883 and the Award of Excellence (its third highest honor) had 2,791.

Seventeen Tampa Bay restaurants, including Donatello, Caretta On The Gulf and Tapping The Vine, walked away with the Award of Excellence, while Rococo Steak and Massimo's were among the nine nosheries that won the Best of Award of Excellence.

Providing diners with more than 6,800 wines to choose from, Bern's Steak House was the region's only restaurant to receive the Grand Award.

Here are the local winners, divided by award level, and a breakdown of their wine strengths and pricing as determined by Wine Spectator:

GRAND AWARD
Bern's Steak House (Tampa) - California, France - Moderate

BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Alfano's Restaurant (Clearwater) - California, Italy - Inexpensive

Beaune's Wine Bar (Tampa) - Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy - Inexpensive

Bob Heilman's Beachcomber Restaurant (Clearwater Beach) - California, Burgundy - Moderate

Charley's Steak House (Tampa) - California, Bordeaux - Expensive

Columbia Restaurant (Tampa) - Spain - Moderate

Forlini's Restaurant (Clearwater Beach) - California, Italy - Moderate

Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining (Palm Harbor) - Tuscany, California - Moderate

Rococo Steak (St. Pete) - France, California - Moderate

SideBern's (Tampa) - California, France - Moderate

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Capital Grille (Tampa) - California - Moderate

Caretta On The Gulf (Clearwater Beach) - California - Moderate

Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro (Clearwater Beach) - California - Inexpensive

Council Oak (Tampa) - California - Moderate

Donatello (Tampa) - Italy, France, California - Moderate

Eddie V's Prime Seafood (Tampa) - International, California - Moderate

Fetishes Dining & Wine Bar (St. Pete Beach) - California - Moderate

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Tampa) - California - Expensive

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi (Tampa) - California - Inexpensive

Marchand's Bar & Grill (St. Pete) - California, Italy - Moderate

The Maritana Grille (St. Pete Beach) - California - Moderate

Ocean Prime (Tampa) - California - Moderate

Parkshore Grill (St. Pete) - California - Moderate

Ruth's Chris Steak House (Tampa) - California - Moderate

Salt Rock Grill (Indian Shores) - California - Moderate

Shula's Steak House (Tampa) - California - Moderate

Tapping The Vine (Safety Harbor) - United States - Inexpensive

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