Ristorante Cracco in Milan is one of eight new restaurants to enter win the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for excellence in wine service.
The 2019 list that includes nearly 3,800 restaurants from 50 states and 79 countries and territories. Wine Spectator inspects individually each restaurant to study the wine selection, food pairing and service.
The list recognises three different categories. The Award of Excellence, awarded to 2,447 restaurants this year, the Best of Award of Excellence, granted to 1,244 restaurants and the chosen few who make the Grand Award.
The Grand Award is the programme’s highest honour and recognises restaurants with world class wine programmes.
“These wine lists, which typically have 1,000 or more selections, deliver serious breadth of top producers and outstanding depth in mature vintages, in addition to selections of large-format bottles. Along with superior presentation of the wine list and its excellent harmony with the menu, these restaurants offer the highest level of wine service. Wine Spectator inspects all candidates for the Grand Award to evaluate the overall dining experience and cellar” - Wine Spectator
Eight new restaurants make the Grand Award list this year including:
- Alfredo di Roma Mexico, Mexico City
- Fiola, Washington, D.C.
- Griggeler Stuba, Lech am Arlberg, Austria
- Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak, Houston
- Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Downtown Houston, Houston
- The Pool, New York City
- Ristorante Cracco, Milan
- Vantre, Paris