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Wine Spectator anoints 25 Utah restaurants as excellent wine destinations

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Looking for Utah’s most extensive wine inventories? Look no further than the Wine Spectator 2024 awards, which dropped today. In total twenty-five Utah names made the grade, the full list and specific details can be found here.

Six spots were crowned with a “Best of Award of Excellence”, bestowed to restaurants with hundreds of selections that “are destinations for serious wine lovers”. Those names then, with their total wine selection counts:

Also receiving an “Award of Excellence”, which requires “at least 90 selections, featur[ing] a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style”, the following lineup – again with the total number of choices on offer:

No restaurant managed to snag a Grand Award, but those swirling their glasses in disdain should note a mere 96 restaurants nationwide were given this particular honor. Wine Spectator notes that this highest praise is reserved for restaurants that “typically feature 1,000 or more selections, and deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu, and superior presentation. “

More details on the awards and what they mean can be found here.

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2 thoughts on “Wine Spectator anoints 25 Utah restaurants as excellent wine destinations”

  1. The Spotted Dog Cafe, listed as a recipient of an Award of Excellence for their wine selection, is in Springdale, not Springville. I’ve been there many times over many years.

    Thanks for your food and wine reporting.

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