Lets raise a glass to Kansas City restaurants with world-class wine selections.
Wine Spectator has released its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards -- and more than 20 went to Kansas City-area restaurants and bars. Among them: Everything from white-tablecloth Plaza steakhouses to Minskys Pizza. Yep, Wine Spectator says Minskys serves great vino.
The magazines annual international awards come in three tiers: The highest honor, the Grand Award, usually goes to select restaurants with super-deep wine selections that exceed 1,500 varieties. Second place is Best of Award of Excellence and third, Award of Excellence.
Wine Spectator didnt hand out any of its Grand Awards in Kansas City this year, but three local restaurants scored the coveted Best of Award of Excellence: Osteria Il Centro, The American Restaurant and The Capital Grille.
Twenty local restaurants were honored with Awards of Excellence:
801 Chophouse (locations in KC and Leawood)
Final Cut Steakhouse (inside the Hollywood Casino)
Five 21 Restaurant (in Lawrences The Oread hotel)
Ten (inside Lawrences Eldridge Hotel)
A Manhattan restaurant, 4 Olives Wine Bar, also received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator this year.
Know a restaurant or wine bar that shouldve made Wine Spectators list? Comment here or tweet us @chowtownkc. And dont forget to bookmark this page so you can sample each wine list before next years awards come out. Happy sipping.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking story for The Stars food section and tweets @sarah_gish.