LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2018) — An astonishing 24 restaurants throughout MGM Resorts International, one of the world’s leading global entertainment companies, have been honored for their outstanding wine programs in Wine Spectator‘s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The honorees are recognized among others from all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers.
“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”
The following MGM Resorts restaurants were recognized in the 2018 Wine Spectator Awards:
GRAND AWARD: The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vintages, a selection of large-format bottles, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.
- Bellagio: Picasso (Grand Award winner since 2003)
- MGM Grand: Joël Robuchon Restaurant (Grand Award winner since 2009)
- Mandalay Bay: Aureole (Grand Award winner since 2000)
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.
- Mandalay Bay: Libertine Social
BEST OF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.
- Bellagio: Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Jasmine, Lago by Julian Serrano, Le Cirque, MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, Prime Steakhouse
- ARIA: BARDOT Brasserie, Blossom, Carbone, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Julian Serrano, Sage
- MGM Grand: Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
- Mandalay Bay: Fleur by Hubert Keller, STRIPSTEAK
- Delano Las Vegas: Rivea Las Vegas
- The Mirage: Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak
- MGM Grand Detroit: Wolfgang Puck Steak
- MGM National Harbor: Voltaggio Brothers Steak House
MGM Resorts Executive Director of Beverage and Master Sommelier Jason Smith said, “Each year, we do extensive research and tastings to provide our guests with dynamic wine lists that complement the cuisine at each of our venues. These honors are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team of sommeliers.”
The complete list of award winners is available online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com.
About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.