28th Annual Restaurant Poll Interviews

What wines are up and what’s down in the nation’s top dining rooms?

Every January, we poll the top restaurants across the US about wine sales, tracking trends and compiling lists of most popular bottles. In order to put the statistics into context, we interview dozens of the sommeliers who fill out the poll. Here are excerpts from some of our conversations.

We’ll be posting interviews throughout the month, so check back for updates from some legendary spots across the country. And be on the lookout for the April issue, which will contain the full report.


Most Recent Interview

Jason Prah of Chicaco’s Acadia on Oregon’s Tightrope-Walking Reds and Real Pinot Grigio

interviewed by | March 20th, 2017

After a stint running a wine bar, Jason Prah returned to Acadia last year. He’d helped open the place back in 2011, when the South Loop didn’t seem like an obvious location for a fine dining restaurant. It’s since defied all expectations, drawing a full dining room nightly for chef Ryan McCaskey’s New England-influenced cuisine as...

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