Who's got the best wine list in the Golden State?
That's what the California Restaurant Association is trying to nail down in its third annual Best California Wine List Competition. Restaurateurs who think their cellar and wine service program can go mano-a-mano with all comers have until July 15 to enter. An entry form can be downloaded at www.calrest.org.
The contest seeks wine programs that are committed to staff education and cellars that show off the diversity of California wine. Awards are given in the following areas: single-location restaurants; restaurants with two to nine locations (annual revenue less than $1 million); restaurants with two to nine locations (annual revenue of $1 million or more); restaurant companies with 10 or more locations.
The Firehouse in Old Sacramento and the Melting Pot, which includes a Sacramento location, were both winners last year.
Look for the winners to be announced later in the summer.
Meanwhile, who do you think has the best wine list in the Sacramento area?