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Best Rhode Island restaurant wine lists according to Wine Spectator

Seventeen Rhode Island restaurants have been named to Wine Spectator’s 2021  Restaurant Awards which honors the world’s best wine lists.

This year’s awards recognized 2,917 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 72 countries. Restaurants apply for Wine Spectator awards with information on their lists.

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers and is signified by one wine glass.

Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. It is signified by two wine glasses.

The top honor is the Grand Award, granted to those that show extraordinary commitment to wine service. It is signified by three glasses.

This year 1,673 restaurants were awarded one glass; 1,141 were awarded two; and 103 won three glasses.

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Wine Spectator also notes how many selections are offered at each restaurant, their full inventory of bottles, the strength of the wine list by region or nation, and the expense of wines on the list, rated by dollar signs for inexpensive, moderate or expensive.