Pride and Progress

Building on pillars set down during the pandemic, restaurants are more creative and inclusive than ever

Pride and Progress
Aukai Bell directs the wine program at Gabriel Kreuther, one of two new Grand Award winners. (Evan Sung)
From the Aug 31, 2022, issue

Amid the chaos and uncertainty of a lingering pandemic, many restaurants have done the opposite of backing down. They are innovating and welcoming new customers. We are thrilled at the chance to honor them for their achievements and perseverance. This year, 3,169 restaurants earned one of Wine Spectator’s three awards for their commitment to all things wine, including two new Grand Award winners. Read on for our take on the state of the dining industry, plus details about the new Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award winners.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

Try Winespectator.com Free for 30 Days!

Full access to our database of more than 400,000 wine ratings

Early access to reviews on our editors' favorite just-rated wines

Wine and food pairing tool,
chefs' pairing recommendations

Best value wines and winery intel

Subscribe today

You Might Also Like

Sommelier Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Service Story?

Sommelier Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Service Story?

8 wine pros dished about dates gone wrong, proposals gone right and the bottles that were …

Jan 27, 2023
Gowings Pays Homage to Fine Aussie Wine in Sydney

Gowings Pays Homage to Fine Aussie Wine in Sydney

This lavish New York–style steak house spotlights Australia’s finest bottles

Jan 27, 2023
Small Islands, Big Boats: 12 Wine Restaurants in Paradise

Small Islands, Big Boats: 12 Wine Restaurants in Paradise

Savor top wines in these sunny dining destinations

Jan 19, 2023
Sommelier Roundtable: What Was the Best Wine You Drank in 2022?

Sommelier Roundtable: What Was the Best Wine You Drank in 2022?

11 top wine pros shared which bottles were the highlight of their year

Jan 13, 2023
10 Mountain Retreats Taking Wine to New Heights

10 Mountain Retreats Taking Wine to New Heights

Enjoy fresh air and great wines at these resort restaurants, lodges and inns

Jan 6, 2023
Music Makes the Meal at Counter- in Charlotte, N.C.

Music Makes the Meal at Counter- in Charlotte, N.C.

The Award of Excellence winner melds culture and food to create an evening that’s an …

Dec 15, 2022