Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards 2008

The August 31, 2008, issue of Wine Spectator (in my mailbox today) includes the magazine's annual Restaurant Awards, which honor outstanding wine lists. This year's winners number 4,129 restaurants worldwide. The award is prestigious. However, not every restaurant is eligible. A restaurant must enter its wine list into consideration at a cost of $250.

There are three awards: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. (See this post on last year's awards to see details the distinctions.)

Among St. Louis restaurants, there were only a few changes from last year. Two new restaurants were added to the list of winners: Charlie Gitto's on the Hill and Ruth's Chris Steak House in Clayton received Awards of Excellence. Busch's Grove was also added to the list of winners, but it closed in May.

No longer on the list is Villa Farotto. Also absent are a couple of restaurants that have closed: Faust's and the St. Louis Fish Market. Finally, Savor, which closed last month, is still included.

The complete list of (open) winners after the jump...

Award of Excellence

Cardwell's at the Plaza
Charlie Gitto's on the Hill
Eleven Eleven Mississippi
400 Olive
LoRusso's Cucina
Lucas Park Grille
Luciano's Trattoria
The Melting Pot
Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood
Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Vin de Set

Best of Award of Excellence

Annie Gunn's

- Ian Froeb

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