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Wine Spectator awards 23 Kansas City restaurants for outstanding wine lists

Updated: 2013-07-11T02:37:34Z

Let’s 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 Minsky’s Pizza. Yep, Wine Spectator says Minsky’s serves great vino.

The magazine’s 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 didn’t 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)

A Wine Flights Bar & Bistro

Chaz on the Plaza

Final Cut Steakhouse (inside the Hollywood Casino)

Five 21 Restaurant (in Lawrence’s The Oread hotel)

Fogo de Chao

Gaslight Grill

Michael Smith

Minsky’s Pizza

Plaza III Steakhouse

Room 39 (locations in KC and Leawood)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Seasons 52


Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Ten (inside Lawrence’s Eldridge Hotel)

The Melting Pot

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

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 should’ve made Wine Spectator’s list? Comment here or tweet us @chowtownkc. And don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can sample each wine list before next year’s 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 Star’s food section and tweets @sarah_gish.

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