The best wine lists can be found at 17 RI restaurants, according to Wine Spectator

Seventeen Rhode Island restaurants have been nominated for the Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards which recognize the best wine lists in the world.

This year’s awards recognized 2,917 dining destinations in the 50 US states and more than 72 countries. Restaurants apply for Wine Spectator awards with information on their listings.

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels.

The Award of Excellence rewards restaurants whose wine list presents a well-chosen assortment of quality producers and is signified by a glass of wine.

The Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. It is signified by two wine glasses.

The first honor is the Grand Award, given to those who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the service of wine. It is signified by three glasses.

This year, 1,673 restaurants received a drink; 1,141 received two; and 103 won three drinks.

Wine Spectator also notes the number of selections offered at each restaurant, their full bottle inventory, the strength of the wine list by region or nation, and the price of the wines on the list, valued by dollar signs for inexpensive, moderate. or expensive.

Rhode Island had five restaurants that were awarded two glasses for the Best of Award of Excellence. They are mostly classified as moderately priced, unless otherwise noted.

They are:

The Castle Hill Dining Room, 590 Ocean Drive, Newport, with 815 selections. They were cited for their strengths in wines from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy and Champagne and deemed expensive.

Cara, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, with 350 selections. They have been recognized for wines from California and France and deemed expensive.

Tavolo wine bar and Tuscan grills, 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, with 405 caps and California and Italy cited as strengths. Owner Leonard Mello is also the wine manager.

Ocean House has the view and two glasses of Wine Spectator.

Coast at the Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, with 1,390 selections and, wine highlights from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, France, Italy and Champagne.

Restaurant 1879 at the Atlantic Inn, 35 High St, Block Island, with 485 selections and California and France cited as highlights. The wines were considered expensive.

There were 12 restaurants honored with a drink for the Award of Excellence. Most are classified as moderately priced, unless otherwise noted.

They are:

The Masseria, 223 Main St., East Greenwich, with 220 Italian selections and wines cited as the strength.

Tavolo wine bar and Tuscan grills, 2099 Post Road, Warwick, offers 455 selections deemed inexpensive to buy with strengths in wines from California and Italy.

Glasses on a dining table against a window at the White Horse Tavern.  which has been on the Wine Spectator list, as of 2013.

The Coast Guard House, 40 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, offers 325 selections of French and Californian wines cited as highlights. The wine director and sommelier is Elisa Wybraniec.

Tavolo wine bar and Tuscan grills, 489 Atwells Ave., Providence, has 405 selections with strengths in wines from California and Italy.

The White Horse Tavern, 26 Marlborough St., Newport, with 235 selections and highlights cited as California and French wines.

Matunuck oyster bar, 629 Succotash Rd., Wakefield, with 210 selections considered inexpensive to buy, with strengths in French and California wines.

In 2003, Caffe Itri owner Gregg Spremulli gave his restaurant a tour of his wine cellar.  They have just won their 19th Wine Spectator Award.

Cafe Itri, 1686 Cranston St., Cranston, with 185 selections and cited for Italian and Californian wines and an inexpensive price list. The restaurant has been honored for the 19th consecutive year.

Camille’s 71 Bradford St., Providence, offers 250 selections with Californian and Italian wine highlights. George Kilborn is the director of wines.

Sarto, 86 Dorrance St., Providence, has 150 caps with California and Italian selections cited for their strengths.

Khaki, 99 Hope St., Providence, offers 230 selections with highlights in Californian, Italian and French wines considered inexpensive to buy. The wine director is Steffen Rasch.

The capital grid, 10 Memorial Blvd., Providence, with 320 Californian selections and wines cited as their strength. The Capital Grille was first on the Wine Spectator’s list in 1997 with Chris Phillips as wine director.

The Capital Grille has been recognized for its wine list by the Wine Spectator since 1997.

The mill tavernn, 101 North Main St., Providence, has 250 caps and California is cited as the strength. To celebrate the restaurant’s 8th consecutive year, Mill’s will host a summer party on August 18 featuring 25 of its most popular wines accompanied by a selection of appetizers. The cost is $ 75 all inclusive. Call (401) 272-3331 or visit for more information.

The restaurant at the Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, has 155 selections with French and California wines cited as the strength.

The Ocean House Coast restaurant was awarded by the Wine Spectator with two glasses for the Best of Award of Excellence.

“American restaurants are making a comeback as patrons eagerly return to dining rooms across the country,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator.

“In this year’s issue of Restaurant Awards, we reflect on how restaurateurs have come through this incredibly difficult time and look to the future, with any hint that the coming year will be one of the most promising in years. decades for an industry we all love. It has been a long road and it is wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all that they bring to the world of wine.

The Wine Spectator restaurant’s 40th anniversary special issue, which also features tributes to the former winners of the now-closed Restaurant Award, including 10 Grand Award winners, is now on sale.

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