These Georgia restaurants have the best wine selections in the world, according to Wine Spectator

The vino gurus over at Wine Spectator recently named 57 Georgia eateries among the world's best restaurants with top-notch wine selections.

The 2019 Restaurant Awards program honors 3,800 dining destinations from all 50 states and 79 countries. To determine who makes the list, experts conduct site visits and inspections, judging restaurants on three different levels: the Award of Excellence , the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. There are 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners in each category, respectively.

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Restaurants in the Award of Excellence category have a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, but those in the next tier “offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions,” according to Wine Spectator.

To make it to the elite Grand Award stage, restaurants must demonstrate a “serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation.”

Restaurants can enter for consideration online at

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While no Georgia spots earned the coveted top honors, 14 did make it to the second tier.

“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” Wine Spectator editor Marvin R. Shanken said in a statement. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients—we raise a glass to you.”

Here are the 14 Georgia restaurants among the Best of Award of Excellence:

  • American Cut Steakhouse Buckhead (Atlanta)
  • Aria Restaurant (Atlanta)
  • Atlas (Atlanta)
  • Barcelona Wine Bar (North Highland, Atlanta)
  • Barcelona Wine Bar (Howell Mill, Atlanta)
  • Bones (Atlanta)
  • Canoe (Atlanta)
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse (Dunwoody)
  • Georgian Room (Sea Island)
  • Local 11ten Food & Wine (Savannah)
  • Ray's on the River (Sandy Springs)
  • Restaurant Eugene (Atlanta)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Savannah)
  • White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails (Atlanta)

And the 43 within the Award of Excellence category:

  • Beechwood Inn (Clayton)
  • Bentley's Steakhouse (Hartsfield-Jackson Airport)
  • Blue Ridge Grill (Atlanta)
  • Cafe Lily (Decatur)
  • The Capital Grille (Paces Ferry)
  • The Capital Grille (Perimeter Center)
  • City Winery Atlanta
  • Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse (Atlanta)
  • Del Frisco's Grille (Atlanta)
  • Di Paolo (Alpharetta)
  • The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market (Savannah)
  • Epic Restaurant (Columbus)
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Atlanta)
  • Fogo de Chão (Piedmont Road)
  • Fogo de Chão (Ashford Dunwoody Road)
  • Greyfield Inn (Cumberland Island)
  • King + Duke (Atlanta)
  • Le Bilboquet (Atlanta)
  • Marcel (Atlanta)
  • McKendrick's Steak House (Atlanta)
  • Morton's Steakhouse (Atlanta)
  • The National Tavern (Greensboro)
  • New York Prime (Atlanta)
  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room (Atlanta)
  • Osteria Mattone (Roswell)
  • The Overlook at Great Waters (Eatonton)
  • The Palm Atlanta (Atlanta)
  • Piastra (Marietta)
  • Ray's at Killer Creek (Alpharetta)
  • Ray's in the City (Atlanta)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Alpharetta)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Embassy Suites, Buckhead)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Embassy Suites, Centennial Olympic Park)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House (Kennesaw)
  • Seasons 52 (Buckhead Plaza)
  • Seasons 52 (Perimeter Center)
  • Sotto Sotto (Atlanta)
  • St. Cecilia (Atlanta)
  • Terra Terroir (Brookhaven)
  • Treo Blue Ridge (Blue Ridge)
  • Umi (Atlanta)
  • Village Tavern (Alpharetta)
  • Vinny's on Windward (Alpharetta)