#123: Wine Awards Issue

  • On-Premise Wine Marketer of the Year 2008
  • Winery of the Year 2008
  • 139 Wines Recommended
  • Restaurant Survey: Your Best Value Wines


Below is a summary of Restaurant Wine magazine issue #123, published in Jan/Feb 2008. 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 2008

At this top grossing independent restaurant, the wine director has developed a creative, customer-focused wine program whose wine sales annually top $3 million. In balancing the restaurant’s selections, he combines a mix of known and unknown producers, at various price points, from more than a dozen countries, in order to offer a wine for every guest — while projecting a “value halo” in his program. Here’s what he does…

Winery of the Year 2008

This Barossa Valley winery has been producing excellent wines for decades. However, in the past twenty years, it has changed its focus to table wines — and the results have been impressive. As good they are, however, its wines are likely to get better and better still. A record number of its wines (28) are reviewed — and recommended — in this issue, from top value varietals to prestige blends, and from Viognier to Shiraz.

Wine Recommendations

The “best of the best”–139 top wines are recommended, out of more than 550 tasted. From the USA, these include top 2006 Chardonnays, 2005 Cabernets and blends, 2006 Pinot Noirs, and 2005 Zinfandels. Also, great new releases from Argentina, Australia, and France.

Restaurant Survey

Your Best Value Wines