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Several Lexington, Kentucky restaurants make Wine Spectator 'best' list

Coles 735 Main, operated by chef Cole Arimes, was named to the Wine Spectator 2018 Restaurant Award winners list, along with three others in Lexington and nine others in Kentucky.
Coles 735 Main, operated by chef Cole Arimes, was named to the Wine Spectator 2018 Restaurant Award winners list, along with three others in Lexington and nine others in Kentucky.

Four Lexington restaurants have been honored by Wine Spectator for 2018. Each year, the magazine recognizes restaurants around the world that excel in wine.

This year, 10 Kentucky restaurants received the Award of Excellence designation, including Coles 735 Main, which made the list for the first time. The restaurant has more than 300 wine selections on the menu and periodically hosts wine dinners with vineyard representatives, organized by sommelier and general manager Chris Hutchison.

Other restaurants on the list include Malone's, Portofino and Dudley's on Short.

Other Kentucky restaurants on the list include Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Louisville; Lee's Ford Harbor Restaurant & Tavern in Nancy; Holly Hill Inn in Midway; Morton's in Louisville; Serafini in Frankfort; and The English Grill in The Brown Hotel in Louisville.

This year, Wine Spectator honored 3,759 restaurants around the country and the world for having outstanding wine lists. The awards are given across three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.

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, according to the magazine. This year, 2,453 restaurants achieved the Award of Excellence.

The full list of 'Wine Spectator' 2018 Restaurant Award winners is at winespectator.com.

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