Last year, the return to post-pandemic normalcy meant tantalizing new dining options sprouted seemingly everywhere, while existing restaurants reinvigorated themselves, and their wine lists benefitted from a push for diversity in styles and price points. Wine Spectator’s top dining articles of 2023 reflect our readers’ desire for the accessible and the exciting, from a list of supermarket wines that satisfy even top sommeliers to breathtaking wine destinations across the globe to steak houses that are moving beyond pairing porterhouses with Cabernet. Click on each headline below for the full stories, and sign up for our Private Guide to Dining newsletter for the latest wine and dining news in 2024!
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15. Italian in the United States: Where to Wine and Dine
Italian dining has diversified in recent years, moving past spaghetti and meatballs to refined restaurants celebrating regional cooking, with wine to match. Our editors singled out five metropolitan areas—New York City, south Florida, Chicago, Las Vegas and Southern California—with collections of Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners that excel with their Italian-focused wine programs. They found stellar lists to suit old-school red-sauce joints and traditional Piedmont fare, coastal cuisine and southern Italian countryside specialties, and the taste of Sicily coming ashore in Santa Barbara. Buon appetito!
From the Sept. 30 issue
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14. Sommelier Roundtable: What’s the Best Wine to Bring to the Beach?
Sometimes nothing’s better than having your feet in the sand and a glass of wine at hand. This summer, Wine Spectator asked 12 beach-loving wine pros which bottles and cans they’d stash in a cooler to sip on while stretched out in a folding chair or on a beach blanket. Their picks included bottles of off-dry Riesling, buckets of bubbly and darker hues of rosé. Dive in!
Posted Aug. 4
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13. What Top Wine Pros Are Drinking: New York City
New York City is a breeding ground for ambitious, discerning wine professionals who keep on top of the latest wine trends. So if you’re looking for something new to try, finding out what Big Apple somms are obsessed with right now is sure to set you on an intriguing path. (Hello, whole-cluster sparkling Concord in a can.) See what’s hot!
Posted Nov. 29
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12. Sommelier Roundtable: What Makes a Great Restaurant Guest?
Time for an etiquette lesson. Yes, restaurant workers are there to make a meal special, but guests can lend a hand to make it a memorable one. Wine Specator asked 10 Restaurant Award-winning sommeliers about…
Source : https://www.winespectator.com/articles/top-wine-dining-restaurant-stories-2023