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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Celebrates America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Celebrates America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018

The leading wine lifestyle publication recently releasd its eighth annual issue featuring the definitive list of the best places to drink and dine across the country now. America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list is the talk of the country for great reason.


In celebration of the launch a special VIP party took place at New York’s Ousia. The fête toasted this year’s honorees. Prior to the party, an insightful panel was moderated by Wine Enthusiast Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa, with the assistance of Contributing Food Editor, Nils Bernstein. This year’s illustrious panel of industry influencers included Lauren Friel, Wine Director at Dirt Candy; Alexandra Cherniavsky, Beverage Manager at The Love; and Matthew Kudry, Wine Director at Flora Bar. Both the panel and the party were applauded for the great gathering of the best in the industry.

This year’s list highlights the ways restaurant culture is evolving, and encompasses a geographically diverse collection of dining experiences, all notable for impressive wine programs, refined hospitality and beautifully executed dishes. There are 59 restaurants new to the list, including Bullion in Dallas, TX; TORC in Napa, CA; and Prime + Proper in Detroit, MI, which join lauded restaurants like Alinea in Chicago, IL; Barolo Grill in Denver, CO; and Four Horsemen in Brooklyn, NY. Please check out the full list of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants online here.

Lauren Friel, Christopher Gross, Matthew Kudry, Alexandra Cherniavsky, Susan Kostrzrewa
© 2018 Scott Rudd

“It’s such an exciting time for wine and food in America and our 2018 list reflects that experimental energy,” explains Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast. “Gone are the days of boilerplate wine lists and menus—the new wave of chefs and wine directors are going deep and unapologetically into single categories, as well as mining emerging cuisines and regions in a way that’s both fearless and thrilling for the customer. Secondary markets continue to blossom and drive trends, meaning that great experiences are accessible regardless of location.”

Restaurants that have appeared on the 100 Best Wine Restaurants list for four or more years are the first honorees of Wine Enthusiast’s Restaurant Hall of Fame spotlight. This new feature of the issue celebrates the iconic restaurants that have helped shape the way we dine out. Additionally, there are exclusive chef and sommelier Q&As, as well as a selection of recipes and wine pairings from some of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants. A roundup of Mexico’s 10 Best Wine Restaurants is a new and exciting online-only feature.
Wine Enthusiast’s approach to wine and spirits is accessible and unpretentious, and enjoyed by novices and experts alike. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s audience is at nearly one million strong. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 300,000 ratings and reviews make up the most comprehensive database in the industry available for free online at

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