Wine Spectator magazine has published the annual list of recipients of their Restaurant Awards, and has included several Hudson Valley establishments out of the thousands reviewed. A leading authority on wine, the magazine reaches over 3 million people in print and online worldwide with intent to explore the role of wine in contemporary culture.
“With this year’s list spanning all 50 US states and over 75 additional countries and territories, we hope wine lovers will use this issue, alongside WineSpectator.com’s Restaurant Awards database, as guides to finding the perfect restaurant for any occasion,” says Wine Spectator's editor and publisher, Marvin R. Shanken.
Here are the Hudson Valley restaurants that made the cut:
Cosimo's On Union, Newburgh: Family-style Italian cooking highlighting wines from California and Italy.
Crew Restaurant and Bar, Poughkeepsie: Eclectic European cuisine with Asian and American influences and local provisions, featuring wines from California and Italy.
Il Barilotto, Fishkill: Modern Italian dishes and wines.
The Local Restaurant, Rhinebeck: Multifarious American cuisines with global influences and local fare, accentuating wines from California.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz: Formal American dishes commonly paired with wines from California and France.
The Red Onion, Saugerties: Casual fine-dining with frequent seafood specials routinely paired with wines from California and France.
Ship Lantern Inn, Milton: Continental American cuisine complimented with wines from California and France.
Of the three ranking levels used in the Restaurant Awards, the seven Hudson Valley restaurants honored all fell into the most basic category of which there were 2,563 winners; the Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants offering a diverse selection of wines that compliment the featured cuisine and prices. There were 973 winners in the Best of Award of Excellence category, which recognized restaurants with a selection of 350 or more significant vintage wines from major wine regions. The top category, the Grand Award, was handed out to 81 restaurants that offered more than 1,000 options from the world's foremost wine regions.