14 Locations from Coast-to-Coast Recognized for the 11th Year Running
COLUMBUS, OH (July 9, 2018) – For the 11th year in a row, Wine Spectator magazine has acknowledged Ocean Prime’s dedication to quality and genuine hospitality by bestowing its coveted Award of Excellence on the brand, now with 14 locations coast-to-coast. Two additional locations are planned for the fall and next spring in Denver and Chicago, respectively.
In order to receive the Award of Excellence, restaurants must typically offer at least 90 wine selections that represent a well-chosen assortment of high-quality producers. Wine Spectator thoroughly inspects all candidates to evaluate each restaurant’s commitment to wine – from cellar to table. The wine list must harmoniously match the menu in both price and style, offering sufficient choices to satisfy discerning wine lovers.
Every year, Director of Beverage Ryan Valentine, a 25-year veteran of the restaurant industry, works closely with each Ocean Prime location to curate wine lists that reflect these criteria and appeal to their guests. Selections range from rare wines available exclusively by-the-glass through the Coravin wine preservation system to more approachable pours.
“We strive to have the variety in selection from around the world that will match our guests’ interests and our cuisine,” says Valentine. “It is awesome to receive recognition from Wine Spectator for what we are doing with our wine program.”
In May, Valentine and his team launched Stop and Sip the Rosé, a summer promotion featuring four specially-priced rosés by the glass and bottle: Chandon Rosé, Miner Rosé, Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and Notorious Pink Rosé. Guests taking advantage of summer Fridays reap another benefit: As part of the promotion, Ocean Prime offers half price glasses of the Veuve Clicquot Rosé in addition to each restaurant’s existing Happy Hour offerings.