(Jennifer Eichert’s Mermaid Winery locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach each received Wine Spectator’s 2019 Best of Award of Excellence)

By Jeff Maisey

Several Hampton Roads restaurants were honored in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, which highlights restaurants around the world offering the finest wine selections. These were announced in the magazine’s August issue. 

To qualify for an award, a wine list entered into the competition had to present complete, accurate information, including vintages and appellations for all selections. Complete producer names and correct spellings were mandatory, and the overall presentation of the list was also considered. Lists that met these requirements were judged for one of Wine Spectator’s three awards: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award. 

The local winners in each classification are as follows.

Grand Award: None

Best of Award of Excellence: Mermaid Winery (Norfolk and Virginia Beach locations), Byrd & Baldwin Bros Steakhouse, Eurasia Cafe, Press 626 Wine Bar, Vintage Tavern, and Zoes Steak & Seafood Restaurant.

Award of Excellence: Opus 9 Steakhouse, River Stone Chophouse, Schlesinger’s Chophouse, Tautog’s, Masala Bites, Fin Seafood, Il Giardino Restorante, Becca, Aldo’s, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.