Stellar Cellar Wine Awards Honor State-Centric Wine Lists




Be a Locapour

HRM Stellar Cellar Wine Awards Honors State-Centric Wine Lists.

By Patrick Evans- Hylton
Photos by Jim Pile

Eating local is hot—and we feel that trend should extend to drinking local, too. In our opinion, it's not enough to be a locavore—every effort should be given to be a locapour as well.

Although many folks—residents and visitors alike—frequent wineries and wine festivals across Virginia to enjoy the tastings provided, there are plenty who don't, and their introduction to Virginia wine probably comes from dining out.

For years, restaurant wine lists have extolled the virtues of global wines—especially French, Italian and Australian—and domestic bottles from California, Oregon and Washington.

As Virginia enters its fourth decade of modern winemaking, one thing is clear—there are many of our vintages that are very special, including some that can stand up against a French or Californian just about any day.

Just like restaurants are moving towards offering local food, we feel they should also be moving towards offering local wine. This year, our Stellar Cellar Wine Awards shifts focus to recognizing restaurants that include Virginia wine as part of their offerings.

These restaurants have taken the right step by offering a selection of Virginia wine not only by the bottle, but by the glass, too, so diners can try several or pick one—or two—that strike a chord with them.

We hope the new focus of our Stellar Cellar Wine Awards encourages restaurants to truly be part of the local food scene and add some vintages from the commonwealth to their lists. We also hope you, as the reader, are encouraged to patronize and support these eateries and raise a glass to Virginia wine.

Note: These awards evaluate the restaurant's Virginia wine list only and not their wine list in its entirety. Most restaurants have their complete wine list on their website.


HOW WE DETERMINE THE AWARDS
We consider everyone who supports local to be a winner; that extends from you, the reader, selecting local restaurants, and it certainly includes local restaurants that make an effort to purchase what they can from local farmers, watermen and wineries.

With the HRM Stellar Cellar Wine Awards, only area restaurants that offer Virginia wine by the bottle and glass—with a minimum of one bottle and one glass being the criteria—were considered for awards. The application process was open to any restaurant that met those guidelines. There was no fee to enter the awards.

Points were assigned to several factors with the restaurant's wine list/program, with the maximum points being 100; the factors were:
• Percentage of Virginia wines to total wines on a list
• Total number of wines offered by the bottle
• Total number of wines offered by the glass
• Diversity in wine types offered
• Diversity in wineries represented
• Virginia wine specifically highlighted or called out on a list

From the calculations, restaurants were assigned awards based on these levels:
Platinum – score of 95 or higher
Gold – score of 71 – 95
Silver – score of 50 – 70
Bronze – score of 49 or lower

No special consideration was given to HRM advertisers, and no food or beverage was compensated in any way for consideration by participating restaurants.

PLATINUM AWARD WINNERS

CAFÉ PROVENCAL AT WEDMORE PLACE
5810 Wessex Hundred, WILLIAMSBURG
757-941-0317
www.cafe-provencal.com
Number of wines on list total: 46
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 26
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 26
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 17
Number of Virginia wines total: red: 13
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 13
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 26
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes
Name a favorite Virginia wine or two of yours on the list and why: "The 2008 Williamsburg Winery Viognier. It has a wonderful aroma of flowers, yet a nice hint of citrus. Because the wine is a light white wine, it pairs well with so many dishes—salads, appetizers and main courses." – Courtney Darden, vice president of marketing.

MAHI MAH'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
615 Atlantic Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-437-8030
www.mahimahs.com
Number of wines on list total: 363
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 20
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 20
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 17
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 9
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 10
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 9
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes
Why do you offer Virginia wine in your restaurant? "Mahi Mah's is locally owned and operated in the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Part of being a locally owned restaurant is believing in and supporting the community we serve. We feature some of Virginia's finest local seafood, meats and produce … This same philosophy carries over into our beverage offerings as well. We take pride in being able to support the local Virginia wine and beer industry by featuring offerings from a variety of Virginia wineries and breweries." —J. David Edwards, assistant food and beverage manager.

VINTAGE KITCHEN
999 Waterside Dr., NORFOLK
757-625-3370
www.vintage-kitchen.com
Number of wines on list total: 300-plus
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 100-plus
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 100-plus
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 100-plus* with the commitment to purchase at least two glasses from the bottle
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 50-plus
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 40-plus
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 2-plus
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 6-plus
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 90-plus
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes
What is your philosophy on Virginia wine? "We are where Washington state was 10 years ago—it takes the support of the locals to grow the industry. Every time I go out to a restaurant, the first question I ask is whether they sell Virginia wine or beers. The industry is growing exponentially, and there are some fantastic wines out there these days." —Phillip Craig Thomason, chef

GOLD AWARD WINNERS

2ND STREET BISTRO
140 Second St., WILLIAMSBURG
757-220-2286
www.secondst.com
Number of wines on list total: 177
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 9
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 9
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 4
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 4
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 2
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

ALDO'S RISTORANTE
1860 Laskin Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-491-1111
www.aldosvb.com
Number of wines on list total: 350
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 9
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 9
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 3
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 5
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 8
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

BERRET'S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & TAPHOUSE GRILL
199 S. Boundary St., WILLIAMSBURG
757-253-1847
www.berrets.com
Number of wines on list total: 89
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 13
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 13
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 5
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 5
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 7
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 5
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

BLUE TALON BISTRO
420 Prince George St., WILLIAMSBURG
757-476-2583
www.bluetalonbistro.com
Number of wines on list total: 100
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 7
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 7
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 3
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 2
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 5
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

CATCH 31 FISH HOUSE & BAR
3001 Atlantic Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-213-3472
www.catch31.com
Number of wines on list total: 289
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 14
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 14
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 6
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 6
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 2
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 6
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

CITY DOCK
777 Waterside Dr., NORFOLK
757-622-2868
www.sheratonnorfolkwaterside.com
Number of wines on list total: 51
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 8
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 8
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 7
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 3
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 4
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 2
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

CROC'S 19TH STREET BISTRO
620 19th St., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-428-5444
www.crocs19thstreetbistro.com
Number of wines on list total: 151
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

FIRE & VINE
1556 Laskin Rd., Hilltop East Shopping Center, VIRGINIA BEACH
757-333-4824
www.fireandvine.com
Number of wines on list total: 363
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 24
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 25
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 4
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 10
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 11
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 1
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 11
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

THE LYNNHAVEN FISH HOUSE
2350 Starfish Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-481-0003
www.lynnhavenfishhouse.net
Number of wines on list total: 80
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 17
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 17
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 11
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 7
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 6
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 4
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 7
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

NAWAB INDIAN CUISINE
11712 Jefferson Ave., NEWPORT NEWS
757-591-9200
888 N. Military Hwy., NORFOLK
757-455-8080
756 First Colonial Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-491-8600
204 Monticello Ave., WILLIAMSBURG
757-565-3200
www.nawabonline.com
Number of wines on list total: 30
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 4
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

RIVERWALK RESTAURANT
323 Water St., YORKTOWN
757-875-1522
www.riverwalkrestaurant.net
Number of wines on list total: 51
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 10
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 10
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 10
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 5
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 5
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 5
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

SALACIA PRIME STEAK AND SEAFOOD
3001 Atlantic Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-213-3473
www.salaciavb.com
Number of wines on list total: 289
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 15
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 15
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 6
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 6
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 3
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 6
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

SAVOR; VIRGINIA'S LOW COUNTRY CUISINE
1340 N. Great Neck Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-963-1641
www.savorva.com
Number of wines on list total: 34
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 11
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

THE SURF CLUB OCEAN GRILLE
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront,
5700 Atlantic Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-425-5699
www.surfclubvabeach.com
Number of wines on list total: 200-plus
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 20
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 20
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 6
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 10
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 10
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 4
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 7
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

STOVE, THE RESTAURANT
2622 Detroit St., PORTSMOUTH
757-397-0900
www.stoverestaurant.com
Number of wines on list total: 250-plus
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 8
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 8
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 3
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 3
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 5
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

SWAN TERRACE AT THE FOUNDERS INN
5641 Indian River Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-366-5777
www.foundersinn.com
Number of wines on list total: 181
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 15
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 15
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 10
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 7
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 5
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 3
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 9
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

TAUTOGS RESTAURANT
205 23rd St., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-422-0081
www.tautogs.com
Number of wines on list total: 113 – plus monthly features
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 6
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 6
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 3
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 1
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

THE TRELLIS RESTAURANT
403 Duke of Gloucester, WILLIAMSBURG
757-229-8610
www.thetrellis.com
Number of wines on list total: 239
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 31
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 32
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 6
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 21
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 11
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 2
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 12
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

TODD JURICH'S BISTRO
150 W. Main St., Suite 100, NORFOLK
757-622-3210
www.toddjurichsbistro.com
Number of wines on list total: 250-plus
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 4
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

ZOE'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD
713 19th St., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-437-3636
www.zoesvb.com
Number of wines on list total: 525
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 25
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 25
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 12
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 8
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 5
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 16
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

SILVER AWARD WINNERS

BURTONS GRILL
741 First Colonial Rd. Suite 107, VIRGINIA BEACH
757-422-8970
www.burtonsgrill.com
Number of wines on list total: 100
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle:
3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

CARRABBAS ITALIAN GRILL
2500 Richmond Rd., WILLIAMSBURG
757-564-3696
www.carrabbas.com
Number of wines on list total: 43
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 2
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

COBALT GRILLE
1624 Laskin Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-333-3334
www.cobaltgrille.com
Number of wines on list total: 123
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 0
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginiawines: ex. rosé – 1
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

CURE COFFEEHOUSE AND BRASSERIE
503 Botetourt St., NORFOLK
757-321-0044
www.curenorfolk.com
Number of wines on list total: 7
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 0
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 2
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 2
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

PRIMO 116 BISTRO ITALIANO
116 W. Washington St., SUFFOLK
757-923-0116
www.primo116.com
Number of wines on list total: 50
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 0
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

RIVER STONE CHOPHOUSE
8032 Harbour View Blvd., SUFFOLK
757-638-7990
www.riverstonechophouse.com
Number of wines on list total: 325
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 5
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 0
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 2
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

ROCKAFELLER'S RESTAURANT
308 Mediterranean Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-422-5654
www.rockafellers.com
Number of wines on list total: 12
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 2
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

SCHLESINGER'S CHOP HOUSE
1106 William Styron Square, NEWPORT NEWS
757-599-4700
www.schlesingerssteaks.com
Number of wines on list total: 150-plus
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 1
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 0
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rose' – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 0
Special Virginia wines section on list: no

SONOMA WINE BAR & BISTRO
189 Central Park Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-490-9463
www.sonomatowncenter.com
Number of wines on list total: 378
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 5
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 4
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 1
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 4
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

TERRAPIN RESTAURANT
3102 Holly Rd., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-321-6688
www.terrapinvirginiabeach.com
Number of wines on list total: 109
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 2
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rose' – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

TODD JURICH'S 21ST CENTURY BURGER BAR

530 Winston Salem Ave., VIRGINIA BEACH
757-351-0488
www.toddsburgerbar.com
Number of wines on list total: 100
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 2
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 1
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 1
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 3
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

THE WHALING COMPANY
494 McLaws Circle, WILLIAMSBURG
757-229-0275
www.whalingcompany.com
Number of wines on list total: 30
Number of Virginia wines on list total: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the bottle: 3
Number of Virginia wines total offered by the glass: 3
Number of Virginia wines total: red – 1
Number of Virginia wines total: white – 2
Number of other Virginia wines: ex. rosé – 0
Number sparkling/dessert Virginia wines: 0
Number of different Virginia wineries represented on list: 1
Special Virginia wines section on list: yes

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