Wine lovers everywhere, it’s that time of the year to update your wine destination list — with the East End as a real contender among the bunch.
Wine Spectator recently released the winners of the 2018 Restaurant Awards, which has honored the world’s best restaurants for wine since 1981 — this year, representing 3,759 dining destinations from more than 75 countries, as well as all 50 states.
“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator, said in a press release. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn.”
The three-tiered list starts with the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers. Next, the Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions, and the Grand Award is the program’s highest honor.
This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.
On the East End, The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is the sole winner, an honor it’s held since the Restaurant Awards’ inception. This year, it shares the title with 91 eateries worldwide.
EMP Summer/Winter House in East Hampton and Pierre’s in Bridgehampton are two of 1,215 international restaurants to earn the Best of Award of Excellence, and of the 2,453 Awards of Excellence, the following East End establishments clinched a win: Baron’s Cove, The Bell & Anchor, and Lulu Kitchen & Bar in Sag Harbor; Calissa in Water Mill; Scarpetta Beach in Montauk; Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue; Touch of Venice in Cutchogue; Tweeds Restaurant & Buffalo Bar in Riverhead; and The Palm East Hampton, Fresno and The 1770 House in East Hampton.
A recipient since 2007, The 1770 House was one of the first establishments in the Hamptons to receive a Wine Spectator Award, preceded only by The American Hotel since 1981, Fresno since 2005 and Stone Creek Inn since 2006.
The full list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands now. For more information, visit restaurants.winespectator.com.