PROVIDENCE — Wine Spectator magazine awarded accolades to what it considers the top wine programs for restaurants around the world in 2022, and 20 in Rhode Island made their list.
Most of the winners in Rhode Island are located in Providence and Newport.
Since the early 1980s, Wine Spectator has recognized restaurants each year whose wine list offers a selection that is both appropriate for their cuisine and appeals to a “wine range of wine lovers.” In order to qualify for the award, restaurants must have a wine list that is complete with accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Lists that meet the magazine’s requirements are judged for its three awards.
The “Award of Excellence,” which honored 13 Rhode Island restaurants of the 1,782 worldwide winners, features wine lists that offer at least 90 selections. The “Best of Award of Excellence,” which honored seven Rhode Island restaurants of the 1,290 total winners, features wine lists that offer at least 350 selections and are known destinations for serious wine lovers, both by their commitment in their cellar and through their front-of-house staff’s knowledge.
The Grand Award, which was awarded to 97 restaurants and none located in Rhode Island, is the magazine’s highest award. Wine lists that earn this prestige typically feature more than 1,000 selections from top wine producers.
The 13 restaurants that received Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” included Providence’s Camille’s on Federal Hill, Persimmon and Mill’s Tavern Restaurant on the East Side, and Sarto and The Capital Grille in downtown. In Newport, both Stoneacre Brasserie and Stoneacre Garden earned awards, in addition to The White Horse Tavern.
Chapel Grille in Cranston, La Masseria in East Greenwich, Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingstown, The Coast Guard House in Narragansett, and The Restaurant in The Weekapaug Inn in Westerly were also named for the “Award of Excellence.”
Seven restaurants — including all three Tavolo locations — earned the magazine’s “Best of Award Excellence,” which is Wine Spectator’s second highest honor.