All three North Fork restaurants earned the “Award of Excellence,” which honors restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers. It’s the third year in a row Southold’s Caci has made the magazine’s “Restaurant Awards” and the fifth year in a row for Cutchogue’s Touch of Venice. This is the first year Tweed’s in Riverhead place on the list.
The magazine noted that Touch of Venice’s strengths were in their wines from Italy and Long Island, which they classified as being in a moderate price range. For Caci, their strengths were in wines from the same regions, and were considered to have inexpensive options. Tweeds’ strengths were found in their selections from California and Italy, and were identified as inexpensive by the magazine.
The restaurants are among more than 2,400 eateries to earn the distinction. More than 1,200 restaurants earned the “Best of Award of Excellence” and 91 locations earned the “Grand Award” — including The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, which has received the honor every year since 1981.
This year, Wine Spectator is honoring 3,759 restaurants located in all 50 states and more than 75 countries. The complete list of winners is featured in Wine Spectator’s August issue, which hits newsstands July 17.