Wine Spectator has announced its winners of the 2015 Restaurant Awards, which honors outstanding eateries with extraordinary wine lists. The 2015 list recognizes more than 3,600 restaurants around the world, and topping the list for Long Island is The American Hotel, which earned a Grand Award, the highest award given by the magazine panel.
“Our highest award, given to restaurants that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program,” according to Wine Spectator’s website. “These restaurants typically offer 1,000 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.”
There were a total of 81 Grand Awards issued globally, this year representing 13 countries and 15 U.S. states. The American Hotel, which is owned by Ted Conklin, has a wine list with around 2,500 wine selections and 30,000 bottles in stock. It has been a Grand Award winner since 1981 when the magazine first began its world’s best wine lists.
Other restaurants on the East End honored with an Award of Excellence – there were 2,563 winners globally – are The Bell & Anchor in Noyac, Frenso in East Hampton, The Palm at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton, Pierre’s in Bridgehampton, Red Bar Brasserie in Southampton, the 1770 House in East Hampton, 75 Main Restaurant & Lounge in Southampton, the Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue and The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.
The Award of Excellence recognizes a wine list offering an interesting and diverse selection of wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant’s cuisine in price and style.
“Once again, Wine Spectator congratulates each and every Restaurant Award winner on a job well done,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.
A complete list of award winners will be featured in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which hits newsstands July 21. The issue also features a detailed analysis of wine list trends and full profiles of this year’s new Grand Award winners.