A Grand Award Remembered

How a covert restaurant reinspection led to great memories—and lots of Champagne

A Grand Award Remembered
Senior editor Bruce Sanderson has inspected eight Grand Award winners in his time with Wine Spectator. He fondly remembers Bistro à Champlain. (David Yellen)
From the Aug 31, 2022, issue

In 2006, when Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson was tapped to reinspect Grand Award winner Bistro à Champlain, he didn't know the trip would make lasting memories of great food and wine shared with a larger-than-life personality. Read on for his reflections on this special moment.

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