From: The Sun News
By Johanna D. Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
National wine magazine awards Grand Strand eateries
Wine Spectator magazine recognized 10 Grand Strand restaurants for their wine lists in its annual Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards.
Each of the Grand Strand businesses received an Award of Excellence, which is the basic award out of three and the most inclusive, according to this month’s issue of the national lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine.
However, the magazine also noted that the award is still “held to high standards and that “319 of the 982 new entries” failed to garner the basic award.
The lifestyle wine magazine selected Award of Excellence winners for “lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.”
There were 3,254 winners in the lowest tier category, with a total of 73 winners from South Carolina in all categories.
An overall total of 4,129 nationwide winners were chosen for each of the three categories: Grand Award (the highest award with 73 winners, with each wine list typically offering 1,500 selections or more); Best of Award of Excellence (the second tier award with 802 winners, with each wine list typically offering 400 or more selections) and the Award of Excellence (winners offer wines lists with at least 100 selections).
“I was very excited when I found out we had won,” said Sheryl Saito, director of operations for the fine dining division for the Divine Dining Group, which won for its wine lists at the Divine Fish House in Murrells Inlet and at the City Bar in Myrtle Beach. “I look forward to that [contest] every year. There is quite a bit of work that goes into wine lists, but it is also a lot of fun because we spend time tasting awesome wines.”
Grand Strand restaurants awarded this year have also won the award in the past.
The Divine Fish House, for example, has won since 2001, while The Parson’s Table in Little River has won since 2002.
“We are very proud of the award,” said Ed Murray Jr., who owns The Parson’s Table with his wife, Roz. “Wine lists should not be daunting or snobby…We try to make our wine lists as friendly as possible.”
Part of the criteria to qualify for an award includes each restaurant presenting complete, accurate wine information. Additional requirements for the wine lists include the complete producer names, correct spellings and interesting selections that “are appropriate to the cuisine and appeal to a wide range of lovers,” according to the magazine now on sale. It retails for $5.95 plus tax.
To learn more about the awards, go to http://www.winespectator.com/awards
The Grand Strand winners are as follows:
Chianti South (also noted for its inexpensive wine pricing)
For more information, call 249-7888.
City Bar (also noted for its inexpensive wine pricing)
For more information, call 449-7013.
For more information, call 449-9370.
Divine Fish House
For more information, call 651-5800.
Greg Norman’s Australian Grille
North Myrtle Beach
For more information, call 361-0000.
The Melting Pot (also noted for its inexpensive wine pricing)
For more information, call 692-9003.
The Parson’s Table (also noted for its inexpensive wine pricing)
For more information, call 249-3702.
Rossi’s (also noted for its inexpensive wine pricing)
For more information, call 449-0481.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (a new winner)
For more information, call 839-9500.
For more information, call 497-2636.