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Wine Enthusiast names Artisan among best wine restaurants 

Restaurant was only one in Paso Robles to make the list Downtown Youth Art at Artisan Paso Robles

– Artisan has announced that it is among the selected group of winners for the annual Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2016.

As one of eleven winners in the “Amazing Laser Focused Wine List” category, Artisan was recognized for their wine program curated by Wine Director Shandi Kobayashi. Artisan is the only recipient from Paso Robles.

“We are fortunate to be located in the heart of one of the most amazing wine producing areas in the United States so we have chosen to focus our list on the wines of the Central California Coast, with a major emphasis on Paso Robles (sparkling being the only exception due to our climate),” said Kobayashi.

Artisan’s close proximity to the wineries featured on the list allows for regular staff visits to these wineries in order to train directly with the winemakers. Shandi also arranges for the winemakers come to the restaurant to do comprehensive staff tastings, thereby offering guests a well educated team when they have questions or need recommendations on the wines. Artisan’s list includes several wines on tap and a regularly changing list of three flights to allow guests to easily sample wines which represent the local terroir.

“This is a highly subjective list reflecting Wine Enthusiast’s dedication to not only legendary wine establishments but also those that are reflecting or pushing new and exciting trends in the market,” explains Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast. “There’s an incredible amount of diversity and experimentation happening with wine in the restaurant space right now and our list reflects this variety – from small lists that are redrawn every day, to massive tomes that reflect decades of cellaring – and similarly, the food ranges from an upscale hot dog hangout in New York wine country to the peak of fine dining.”

Other categories include “Tasting Menus” (restaurants that exclusively offer a chef’s choice tasting menu); “Great Glass Programs” (restaurants with exceptional by-the-glass lists); “Laser Focus” (eateries whose wine lists are narrow in focus, and whose staff has deep knowledge and expertise in those areas); “Steakhouse 2.0” (innovative steakhouses challenging conventional dogma around wine-and-meat pairing); and lastly “Not to Be Missed,” restaurants who simply defy category.

To view the complete list click here.


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