Winespectator.com has announced their 2009 Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List Awards given to dining places "whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers."
The 2009 list contains 4,118 restaurants spread over three classifications:
• Grand Awards (72 winners) - The highest level of recognition, reserved for restaurants with a passionate devotion of wine that typically stock over 1,500 wine selections or more of outstanding wines.
• Best of Award Excellence (797 winners) - Wine Spectator's second tier of recognition, given to distinguished restaurants that offer 400 or more selections of top wines.
• Award of Excellence (3,249 winners) The basic but still prestigious award given to restaurants that "offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style." Generally, to wine this award a restaurant should offer at least 100 selections.
Four Bali restaurants were named to Wine Spectators 2009 Awards List, all recognized in the Award of Excellence Category.
The Bali Winners are:
• Breeze at Samaya Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak Beach. The Samaya offers a selection of 155 wines types across an inventory of 2,950 bottles. Wine pricing is deemed "moderate." European and American entrees cost between US$15 to US$30. Sommelier: Wayan Sudarsana.
• Kayuputi at the St. Regis, Bali - Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua. The Kayuputi has 140 wine types across an inventory of 1,500 bottles. Wine pricing is termed "expensive" by the judges with French and Australian vintages predominating. Regional entrees cost between US$25 to US$100. Wine Director: Harald Wiesmann.
• Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud - Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud. Mozaic has a selection of 180 wines in its cellar of 1,500 bottles with prices termed "inexpensive" for their wine selection predominated by French and Australian vintages. Contemporary French and American cusine on the Prix Fixe menu cost between US$60 to US$100. Wine Director: Cok Bagus Senajaya.
• The Restaurant at The Legian - Jalan Laksamana, Seminyak. Pricing of wine is said to be "expensive" for a collection of 135 wines dominated by French and Australian wines. A contemporary menu features entrees costing between US$15 to US$30. Sommelier: Kurniawan Eko Putro.
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