#129: 2009 Wine Awards Issue

  • On-Premise Wine Marketer of the Year 2009
  • Winery of the Year 2009
  • 157 Wines Recommended
  • Restaurant Survey: Your Wine By The Glass Program & The Economic Slowdown


Below is a summary of Restaurant Wine magazine issue #129, published in Jan/Feb 2009. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

On-Premise Wine Marketer of the Year 2009

At this Napa Valley restaurant, its wine director has been fine-tuning a dynamic wine program since 1997. Because of its wine country location, its wine program is carefully scrutinized by wine aficionados from around the world — and continues to excel! In 2008, a very difficult year for most US restaurants, its wine sales increased by 14%, and are likely to reach $1.8 million this year.

But this wine director’s influence goes well beyond the Napa Valley. He is also the wine director for this multi-unit company, which operates 49 casual, upscale restaurants in 9 different states, whose 2009 wine sales should exceed $50 million. Read on…

Winery of the Year 2009

This Sonoma County winery is one of the largest producers of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. And yet, even as production has risen, quality and value have remained constant. And its limited production wines are simply outstanding. We present some of the key winemaking ingredients to this winery’s success, and evaluate 9 of its current releases.

Wine Recommendations

The “best of the best” — 157 top wines are recommended, out of more than 600 tasted. From the USA, these include top 2007 Chardonnays, 2005 & 2006 Cabernets and blends, 2006 & 2007 Pinot Noirs, and 2006 Zinfandels & Syrahs. Also, great new releases from Argentina, Australia, Chile, and Italy.

Restaurant Survey

Your Wine By The Glass Program & The Economic Slowdown