News from the grapevine: The Crescent City's wine scene is flourishing. Thirty New Orleans restaurants earned a nod from Wine Spectator for their outstanding wine menus and pairings. Each year since 1981, the wine-centric publication recognizes eateries around the world with the very best wine offerings.
New Orleans restaurants featured in this year's guide include Copper Vine, Compère Lapin, and Bywater American Bistro.
Each of the above restaurants took home an Award of Excellence (2,447 winners total,) which acknowledges restaurants "whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style." Wine Spectator has three tiers of recognition. The Best of Award Excellence (1,244 winners total) distinguishes restaurants that are "destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine." The Grand Award (100 winners total) is the greatest honor given out by the publication, reserved for restaurants that "offer the highest level of wine service" and "typically include 1,000 or more selections, excellent harmony with the menu, and superior presentation."
Listed below are local establishments that appear in this year's "Dining Guide":
Grand Award Winners:
Emeril's New Orleans
Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak
The Grill Room
Bywater American Bistro
Chop House New Orleans
The Country Club
The Court of Two Sisters
Fogo de Chão
Morton's, The Steakhouse
Mr. B's Bistro
The Pelican Club
Ruth's Chris Steak House
The Steakhouse at Harrah's New Orleans
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
More than 3,800 restaurants around the world have earned Wine Spectator's stamp of approval as part of this year's "Restaurant Awards." The full 2019 Dining Guide will be unveiled in the August issue of the magazine, available on newsstands next Tuesday, July 16th.