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20 So Cal Restaurants receive Golden Bacchus wine awards

Which Southern California restaurants have the best wine lists? Who is the top So Cal Sommelier?

Those honorees were revealed at the recent Southern California Restaurant Writers annual Awards Dinner, held on Sunday, March 20 at The Madison Restaurant in Long Beach.

According to the, 20 restaurants – 10 in OC, 6 in LA, 1 in Temecula, and 3 in Long Beach – have wine lists worthy of the Golden Bacchus award, the top wine honor bestowed every year at the SCRW annual Awards Dinner.

That list is at the end of this blog post, but first: congratulations to William Lewis of The Winery Restaurant in Tustin—he was named the Sommelier of the Year!

The Winery also received a Golden Bacchus award…but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

We are members of SCRW, and were asked to present the Golden Bacchus awards during this year’s Awards Dinner.

But before we handed out the awards, we told the 300 guests what several famous writers had to say about wine.

Earnest Hemingway once wrote: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

Robert Lewis Stevenson called wine “bottled poetry.” But leave it to Shakespeare to make the connection between superb cuisine and wonderful wine: “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.”

“Well used” is an understatement when it comes to the recipients of the Golden Bacchus awards. These exceptional restaurants have been chosen for their impressive wine selections and stellar cellars. Most have made the list in prior years; the last one on the list is a newcomer.

The 20 Golden Bacchus award winners are:

Congratulations to the Golden Bacchus winners!

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