Wine Spectator Recognizes Nation’s Best Wine Lists; 13 Nashville Restaurants Honored

And Trattoria Il Mulino names new somm to run wine program

JULY 28, 2016 8:30 A.M.

Wine Spectator is recognized as one of the top publications in the beverage industry, and not just for their reviews of wines from around the world. They also curate a list of the best restaurant wine programs in the country, based on “lists, which typically offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, these lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.”

Restaurants that satisfy those requirements can receive the magazine’s Award of Excellence, and this year 13 Nashville restaurants achieved that designation. One, the Palm, celebrates 15 consecutive years of being named an Award of Excellence winner, while most of the rest of the winners are relative newcomers to the list.

In addition to the Palm, the other winners are Mafiaoza’s, Stoney River, Fleming’s, Redlands Grill, Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, 1808 Grille, City Winery, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Etch, 360 Bistro and Trattoria Il Mulino. As expected, most of the recognized restaurants are old-school steak houses with deep wine lists, but the addition of Trattoria Il Mulino adds a nice Italian option to the roster.