Richland, Walla Walla restaurants win state wine awards

From Tri-City Herald news servicesMarch 26, 2012 

SEATTLE -- Richland restaurants Anthony's at Columbia Point and Katya’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Marc in Walla Walla and Bon Vino's Bistro & Bakery in Sunnyside each received recognition today from the Washington State Wine Commission as the recipients of the 2012 Washington Wine Restaurant Awards.

Each year, the commission recognizes restaurants that exhibit exceptional support of Washington state wines and high professional standards in wine service. The restaurants and their staff were honored at the Washington Athletic Club, among 50 Washington State wineries, regional media and fellow restaurant industry members also in attendance.

Anthony's at Columbia Point and The Marc, which is in the Marcus Whitman Hotel, each received the Washington Wine Grand Award. Bon Vino's and Katya received the Washington Wine Award of Distinction.

The Metropolitan Grill in Seattle received the Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year award, which includes a unique custom blown glass sculpture designed by local artist Granite Calimpong.

"Long an icon of the Seattle fine dining scene, The Metropolitan Grill has become an iconic supporter of the Washington State wine industry, as well," Kent Waliser, chairman of the Washington State Wine Commission and GM of Sagemoor Vineyards near Pasco, said in a news release. "We are very proud to honor their dedication in serving as an ambassador for our industry with their loyal customers.”

Thomas Price, wine director for The Metropolitan Grill, said, "We are truly honored and humbled by this incredible award. Washington State has earned its rightful place among the world’s greatest wine regions, and we are thrilled to share this treasure of the local community with our customers from around the world."

The acclaimed steakhouses has been a fixture in Seattle for almost 30 years. The Met has a team of eight sommeliers that are certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and its list features 650 Washington wines amongst their list of more than 1,600 wines from around the world.

Budd Gould, founder of Anthony’s Restaurants, won the Walter Clore Honorarium award for dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry. The Winemaker’s Choice Award went to The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge in Woodinville. This award is determined by an anonymous group of Washington winemakers who select the restaurant they feel is most supportive of the industry. The Washington Restaurant Association award was presented to Seattle's Adriatic Grill. The Seattle magazine award for restaurant leadership in the business community was presented to Tulalip Bay Dining near Marysville.

Other awards included:

Most Innovative Wine List -- RN74 (Seattle)

Best Restaurant Event Featuring Washington Wines -- Legendary Swirl at El Gaucho (Seattle)

Best Out-of-State Washington Wine Program -- Anthony’s Old Mill (Bend, Ore.)

The Washington Wine Grand Award

These restaurants are considered industry leaders in support of the Washington wine industry:

Anthony’s Pier 66, Anthony’s at Columbia Point, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill, Anthony’s Restaurants, The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge, Canlis Restaurant, Daniel’s Broiler, El Gaucho – Bellevue, El Gaucho – Seattle, Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, The Grape Adventure, The Herbfarm, The Marc Restaurant, The Metropolitan Grill, The Triple Door, Tulalip Bay Dining, Valley Café of Ellensburg, Visconti’s of Leavenworth, Washington Athletic Club and Waterstreet Café & Bar.

Washington Wine Award of Distinction

These restaurants have shown dedication and commitment to the Washington wine industry:

Adriatic Grill, Aqua by El Gaucho, Bella Italia, Bin on the Lake, Bistro San Martin, Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar, Bon Vino’s Bistro & Bakery, Café Flora, Chandler’s Crabhouse, Cypress Lounge & Wine Bar – Bellevue, Etta’s, Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing, John Howie Steak, Katya’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Local 360, Masselow’s at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Palisade Waterfront Restaurant, Pike Brewing Company, Purple Café & Wine Bar – Bellevue, Purple Café & Wine Bar – Kirkland, Purple Café & Wine Bar – Seattle, Purple Café & Wine Bar – Woodinville, Ray’s Boathouse, Ristorante Italianissimo, RN74, Rover’s Restaurant, Salty’s at Redondo, Salty’s on Alki, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar – Bellevue, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar – Seattle, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Swing Wine Bar, The Fireside, Urbane, Visconti’s Italian Restaurant in Leavenworth and Wenatchee, Washington State Convention Center and Wild Ginger at The Bravern.

Washington Wine Certificate of Recognition

These are restaurants that are building support of the Washington State wine industry: Blueacre Seafood, Breadline Café in Omak, Churchill’s Steakhouse in Spokane, Coho Café, Elliott’s Oyster House, Fonte Café & Wine Bar, Harborside, Il Fornaio, Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Ivar’s Salmon House, Matt’s in the Market, Mission Street Bistro, Poco Wine Room, Pomegranate Bistro, Ponti Seafood Grill, Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie, Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops, The Capital Grille, The Fort Worth Club, The Lincoln Center, The Scotch and Vine, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge and Volterra.

* For additional details on the Washington Wine Restaurant Awards, please visit washingtonwine.org/restaurantawards.

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