Wine (July 16, 2014)

Several Connecticut restaurants boast some of the world's best wine lists, according to Wine Spectator. The magazine has bestowed its 2014 Restaurant Awards upon more than two dozen eateries across the state, taking into account the size and quality of each venue's wine list. 

Six restaurants and restaurant groups earned the magazine's middle-tier "Best Of Award of Excellence," noting "typically 350 or more quality selections with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions." Honorees include Barcelona Wine Bar, Bernard's in Ridgefield, Da Pietro's in Westport, Fife n'Drum in Kent, Max Downtown in Hartford and Morello Italian Bistro in Greenwich. 

Another 20 restaurants and wine bars earned the entry-level "Award of Excellence," which "recognizes a wine list offering an interesting and diverse selection of wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant's cuisine in price and style." Winners include The Capital Grille's locations in both Hartford and Stamford; Cava Restaurant in Southington; David Burke Prime Steakhouse at Foxwoods Resort Casino; Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar in Middletown; Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in West Hartford; Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich; Go Fish in Mystic; Goodfellas Restaurant in New Haven; Griswold Inn in Essex; Kensington's at the Spa at Norwich Inn; L'Escale in Greenwich; Octagon at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton; ON20 in Hartford; Ruth's Chris Steak House in Newington; 2Hopewell in South Glastonbury; Vivo Seasonal Trattoria in Hartford; The Water's Edge at Giovanni's in Darien and Zinc Restaurant in New Haven.

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize and honor the world's best wine lists in 1981, according to a news release. This year, the 3,748 award winners span all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 other countries and territories.

The winners will be listed in the Aug. 31 issue of the magazine. More information: