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While we were on vacation last week, we heard back from Pardis Stitt about the conspicuous absence of award-winning chef/owner Frank Stitt's restaurants from the Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence list. As we suspected, they chose not to participate. (And while I focused on Highlands' wine list in my original post, simply because we are most familiar with it, Paris pointed out that they are pretty proud of the lists at Bottega and Chez FonFon, as well -- and rightly so.)

Here's what Pardis said: "Frank and I made a conscious decision several years ago to not participate. I think back in the day it was perhaps even a greater honor, to be awarded their award of excellence. Over the years as they started charging more and more for it, and just seeing some of the restaurants that I was very familiar with, not necessarily locally but just around the country, [we] just [became] very concerned as to the award process, and felt perhaps it was something we did not need to be a part of."

UPDATE: An editor from Wine Spectator posted a comment in response to this post. 

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 at 10:36AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments1 Comment

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We regret that Frank Stitt chose to withdraw from Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards program, since his restaurants are clearly winners in many ways. However, I would like to point out that in the past few years our standards have actually grown tougher -- a higher percentage of entries fail to win awards now than ever before. And yet, the program continues to grow, indicating the increasing seriousness about wine shown by restaurants around the country, and the world. That is a trend we applaud.

Thomas Matthews
Executive editor
Wine Spectator

August 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Matthews

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