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Wine Spectator awards 23 Kansas City restaurants for outstanding wine lists

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


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 Story 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


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.