Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" Wine Cellar
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Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. how did we get the award?
About the Award Levels by Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.
To qualify for an award, the list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration. After meeting these basic requirements, lists are judged for one of our three awards.
Award of Excellence
Our basic award, 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 100 selections.
Best of Award of Excellence
Our second-tier award, created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.
Our 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 Director/Sommelier: Provided by the restaurants, these are the people responsible for managing the wine list and assisting diners with their wine selections. (As staff turnover in the restaurant industry can be high, this information is subject to change.)
Wine Strengths: Determined by our judges, this indicates the emphasis of the list, not all the regions from which wines are offered. Wine strengths are listed in descending order of their prominence.
Wine Selections: Indicates the number of selections on the restaurant's list at the time the award is conferred. For Grand Award winners, this information is followed by the total number of bottles in the restaurant's inventory.
Wine Pricing: Determined by our judges, this describes the overall pricing of the wine list, taking into account both the general markup of wines offered and the number of wines at high and low price points. Inexpensive lists offer many bottles for less than $50, while also employing a below-normal markup (generally considered to be 2 to 2.5 times the wholesale bottle price). Moderate lists use the industry norm for markup, with a range of both less expensive and expensive offerings. Expensive lists offer wines at a greater-than-normal markup, along with many selections for more than $100 a bottle. Wine pricing is not a judging criterion, it is provided merely as a guide for the reader.
Corkage: Provided by the restaurants, this indicates the corkage fee charged per bottle to customers. Corkage fees, which can range greatly, are typically charged per 750ml bottle, so plan to pay double if you bring in a magnum. Some restaurants do not permit diners to bring in their own wine; others are simply prohibited to do so by state or local regulations. If you plan to bring your own wine to a restaurant, always call ahead to confirm its corkage policy.
Cuisine Type and Menu Prices: Provided by the restaurants, these list the style of food served and the price range for dinner entrées, respectively. Restaurants that offer only a prix fixe menu are indicated accordingly, with the price (or range of prices) per menu.
Oh yes. Ohio Award Winning Wines available, too!
The HideAway Country Inn has in stock two Ohio wines, Cabernet Franc and Viognier-Rousanne, from Kinkead Ridge Winery that have recently received international recognition.
Donna Marchetti of The Wine Buzz magazine wrote, “In 1000 Great Everyday Wines from the World’s Best Wineries (DK Publishing, 337 pp.; $25), former Wine Spectator editor Jim Gordon and his team of writers/tasters identify a range of good and affordable wines (which he equates with “the price of an entrée at a good restaurant”) from around the world with character that reflects their origin. France gets the most ink, followed by Italy, Spain, Germany, California and other wine-producing regions. “The rest of the U.S.,” which is everywhere but the West Coast, gets a mere two pages. Ohio merits a mention of Kinkead Ridge Winery for its Cabernet Franc and Viognier-Rousanne, long lauded by an enthusiastic fan base for their high quality. Interspersed among the recommended wines are charts on how to read labels, profiles of grape varieties, tips on doing a home tasting, and many other useful tidbits for the wine enthusiast.”
The book goes on to say, “”Among the more than 100 wineries in Ohio, Kinkead Ridge is one of the state’s most compelling. Unlike the offerings of so many of its peers, Kinkead wines are never thin or insignificant, but have rich, varietal character and great balance. Owner Ron Barrett’s gentle touch with Cabernet Franc has produced a full-bodied, richly complex wine with fragrant aromas of violet and black cherry, and enticing notes of spice, plum and red berries. It is an outstanding offering at a very modest price. The floral, honeyed Viognier/Roussanne is delicious too. Its elegant mix of orange blossom and tropical fruit flavors is set off by sharper notes of kiwi and guava. A crisp, acidic finish makes for a truly satisfying experience.”
We are passing this on so that our visitors appreciate that the HideAway Inn does our research to make sure that our offerings are recognizably the best. We do this for you! Other wonderful wines are in stock as well and we invite you to come for dinner some night and enjoy the finest cuisine as well! International Chef Marc Sleeckx and his staff will help make it a most memorable night.
Check out our dining page for dinner hours for our restaurant. Reservations can be made at (800) 570-8233
Wine SNOB class with our Intermediate Wine Sommelier
- Where you learn how to pick out a wine you will enjoy and not dump down the drain.
- Why people sniff, swirl, the wines before they drink them.
- How to read labels
- Basic wine/food pairing
- A great wine = one you like !! not the price.
Wine Snob class is $55 per person and includes up to five wines and appetizers, class is usually 2 hours + lots of laughter and giggles !!