Please note: an earlier version of this post inadvertently forget to include Cielito Restaurant and The Far Western Tavern to the list of award winners. Our apologies.
In this month's edition of Wine Spectator, the 2015 Restaurant Awards were announced and seventeen Santa Barbara County restaurants have made the list! With three tiers of award levels, about 3,600 restaurants were awarded worldwide. Congratulations and make sure to add these restaurants to your lists!
Award of Excellence: first tier, "for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically these lists offer at least 90 selections" (Wine Spectator).
The Best of Award of Excellence: second-tier award, "these lists display either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several winegrowing regions. These wine lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation; some offer more than 1,000 selections" (Wine Spectator).
And finally, the Grand Award: the highest award, "given to restaurants that show an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program. These restaurants typically offer 1,500 selections or more, and feature serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu, and superior organization, presentation and wine service" (Wine Spectator).
Interesting stories from Santa Barbara Wine County.