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Wines From South Africa Embolden Beverage Lists

When Justin Anthony opened the doors to 10 Degrees South in Atlanta in 1998, he had a lot of explaining to do about South African wines.“I’ve been fighting the fight for 18 years,” says Anthony, born and raised in South Africa.

Wine Spectator Gives Flagstaff House Grand Award for 33rd Straight Year

Flagstaff House has once again been honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award for its commitment to fine wine and its 15,000-bottle wine cellar, an award it has won every year since 1983. Flagstaff House is one of only three restaurants in the world to have earned the award for this long.

Seven New Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Grand Award Distinction

Wine Spectator awarded seven restaurants its Grand Award in 2016 for the first time, adding to the 81 winners that successful renewed the honor. The new additions are: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York; Epicure in Paris; Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark; Jean-Georges in New York; the Modern in New York; Murray Circle in Sausalito, California; and the Restaurant at Meadowood in St.

The Capital Grille Set to Debut in Greater Cleveland Area

Known for its dry aged steaks hand-cut in-house and award-winning wine list, The Capital Grille announced Monday that it will debut in the Greater Cleveland area on July 5. The new 8,930-square-foot restaurant will open at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, Ohio, joining the area's busy shopping and dining community.

Vintage Celebrations

Marcello Cancelli is like a kid in a candy store. With an animated voice, sparkling eyes, and expressive gestures, he shares the tale of how he recently acquired a very rare wine. In fact, it’s the first thing he announces after greeting me: “I found the ’61 Chateau Gruaud-Larose! One bottle, and I jumped on it,” he says, bursting into a smile.

A Perfect Pairing

When the weather’s nice, events at The Wine Studio, in Louisville, Kentucky, spill out into a 2,000-square-foot courtyard where diners can enjoy Chef Edward Lee’s Southern fare, which features luxurious French touches and surprising Korean accents.

Spirits Continue to Gain Share of Alcohol Units

On-Premise traffic declined 3.5 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending May 15, continuing a string of weak periods (March 20, -4.4 percent; April 17, -4.2 percent). While traffic remained well below the 52-week trend (-2 percent), the period was an improvement relative to the latest 12 weeks (-3.

BUBBLYFEST By The Sea To Be Held in October

BUBBLYFEST is announced its annual BUBBLYFEST By The Sea will be held October 6—8. Tickets are now on sale online. This third-annual celebration of Champagne and sparkling wine will include a slew of new events, an exclusive winery tour, seminars, parties and, of course, the ever-popular Grand Tasting to be held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Cleveland

Edwins Leadership & Restaurant InstituteNotable: More than 200 wines and 150 spirits with a focus on French and European regionsBrandon Chrostowski’s restaurant, which equips formerly incarcerated adults with the hospitality skills and support needed to successfully re-enter society, is more than a feel-good story: It’s simply a great venue with an equally stellar beverage program.

The Best Restaurants to Eat and Drink in Philadelphia

a.kitchen+barNotable: A wine and cocktail list that syncs with a charcoal grillThis dual concept from High Street Hospitality Group—the Philly team behind Fork, a 2016 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, as well as High Street on Market and High Street on Hudson in New York City, could be the group’s most interesting.

Defying Convention

How long has it really been since the madness began?Speaking in late February, Jude Feyedelem thought it might be 18 months, although that felt like a distant and understated calculation. “It’s been insane.

Spirits’ Share of Alcohol Gains Continues

On-premise traffic declined 4.2 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending April 17, continuing the weak performance seen during the previous four weeks. Traffic growth remained below the 12-week (-3 percent) and the 52-week (-1.

Focal Point

When Aldo Zaninotto was developing his wine list at Osteria Langhe, which he opened in Chicago’s Logan Square in 2014 after selling wine on behalf of a distributor for esteemed restaurants like Charlie Trotter’s, he looked to one region only.

Wine and Sake Square Off in Special Dinner at Mura

Last year, wine beat out sake in Mura’s Wine vs. Sake Dinner. The second round took place at 6:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Japanese concept located at North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Sake taking the victory this time around.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Hosts Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner

The Umstead Hotel and Spa will put Napa Valley’s iconic Cakebread Cellars in the spotlight on April 19 for a special wine dinner event. Hand-picked wines by Sommelier Hai Tran will pair harmoniously with artisanal dishes prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene.