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8 Minnesota restaurants earn Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence

These eateries are described as "destinations for serious wine lovers."

Eight Minnesota restaurants were recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine for their high-quality wine offerings.

The eight eateries, all but one of which are in the Twin Cities area, were awarded the magazine's Best of Award of Excellence as part of the 2021 Restaurant Awards. That's the second-highest ranking — only 97 restaurants across the globe were awarded the highest honor, the Grand Award.

The Minnesota honorees are: 

  • 801 Chophouse — Minneapolis
  • Bellisio's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar — Duluth
  • Domacin — Stillwater
  • Gianni's Steakhouse — Wayzata
  • Matchstick Restaurant and Spirits — Stillwater
  • Osteria | Nonni — Lilydale
  • Terzo — Minneapolis
  • The Capital Grille — Minneapolis

Winners of the Best of Award of Excellence generally have 350 or more wines on offer, the magazine says, and "are destinations for serious wine lovers."

"These wine lists display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation," Wine Spectator explains.

For each entry, the magazine also gives a general idea of wine prices and strengths (e.g., Domacin is strong with wine from Italy and California).

Another 14 Minnesota restaurants earned the magazine's lowest-tier honor, the general Award of Excellence. They are:

  • Arezzo Ristorante — Minneapolis
  • Bloomington Chophouse — Bloomington 
  • Cedar+Stone, Urban Table — Bloomington 
  • FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar — Bloomington
  • Fogo de Chao — Minneapolis
  • Lake Elmo Inn — Lake Elmo
  • Lela — Bloomington
  • Pittsburgh Blue — Rochester 
  • Spanky's Stone Hearth — Vargas 
  • Terza Ristorante — Rochester
  • The Fireside — Detroit Lakes
  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room — Minneapolis
  • Tria — North Oaks
  • Woolley's Kitchen and Bar — Bloomington 

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