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April 4, 2008 4:15 PM

2008 Washington Wine Restaurant Awards

Posted by Nancy Leson

This just in from that major Washington wine event Taste Washington! , part of this weekend's festivities at the Bell Harbor Conference Center. These restaurant wine-award winners were announced only minutes ago, and if I were tech-savvy enough to figure out how to get those strange symbols off every restaurant with "Cafe" in its name, trust me, I would have. Meanwhile, raise a glass of Washington grape to . . .

Washington Wine Restaurant of the Year: Brix 25

Walter Clore Honorarium: Allan Aquila

Winemaker's Choice: Valley Café

Most Innovative Wine List: 0/8 Seafood Grill & Twisted Cork Wine Bar

Best Restaurant Event Featuring Washington Wines (Tie):
(Event) End of Summer Hootenanny at Waterfront Seafood Grill
(Out-of State Event) Walla Walla En Primeur at Andrae's
(Event Series) Best of Season at Anthony's Restaurants

Sommelier of the Year: Ole Thompson, Wild Ginger & The Triple Door

Most Improved Wine Program of the Year: Smash Wine Bar and Bistro

Washington Restaurant Association Award: Ray's Boathouse

Best Out-of-State Washington Wine Program: Andrae's of Boise, Idaho

Seattle Business Monthly Award: Steelhead Diner

Washington Wine Grand Award:

0/8 Seafood Grill & Twisted Cork Wine Bar
Andrae's
Anthony's Hearthfire Grills
Anthony's Restaurants
Barking Frog
BOKA Kitchen and Bar
Brix 25*
Canlis Restaurant
Daniel's Broiler Prime Steaks & Chops
Dulces Latin Bistro
El Gaucho Seattle
The Metropolitan Grill
The Rainier Club
Ray's Boathouse
Rover's Restaurant
Salty's at Redondo
Salty's on Alki
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
SkyCity at the Needle
Smash Wine Bar and Bistro
Sun Mountain Lodge
The Triple Door
Valley Café
Washington Athletic Club
Waterfront Seafood Grill
Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant and Satay Bar

Washington Wine Award of Distinction:
The Beach Café at the Point
Bella Italia
Brix Wine Café
Café Veloce
Creektown Café
Elliot's Oyster House
The Georgian
Icon Grill and Zephyr Grill and Bar
Iris Grill
The Local Vine
Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
Palisade
Ponti Seafood Grill
Purple Café & Wine Bar
Sea Grill Restaurant
Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar
Spokane Club
Steelhead Diner
Tini Bigs
Tulalip Bay Exceptional Dining
Union Square Grill
The Woodmark Hotel/Waters Bistro
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
The Yarrow Bay Grill

Washington Wine Certificate of Recognition:
Berkshire Grill
Chandler's Crabhouse
Daily Grill
El Gaucho Portland
Il Fornaio
Ivars Mukilteo Landing
Lombardi's Neighborhood Italian
Pomegranate Bistro
Swirl Wine Bar
Troiani
Windows Restaurant

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