Santa Maria Valley, CA—The Far Western Tavern in Old Town Orcutt announced today that it has earned the prestigious 2015 Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator magazine, marking the second straight year that the restaurant has earned this prestigious distinction. The full list of award winners will be published in the upcoming August 31 issue.
According to the Wine Spectator, the award is given to restaurants “whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.”
In recent years, the Far Western Tavern has taken its wine list to the next level, balancing an emphasis on local Santa Maria Valley and Central Coast wines with a careful selection of global offerings. All of the wines are stored in the restaurant’s multi-level cellar, which holds more than 2,500 bottles with controls for temperature and humidity.
“The Far Western Tavern will always be about local flavor, from our menu to our wine list,” said co-owner Renee Righetti-Fowler. “At the same time, providing wines from other regions and countries adds context to those local flavors and gives our patrons a range of options for getting the most out of their meal.”
Points of emphasis on the Far Western Tavern wine list include California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir—both signature grape varieties of the Central Coast—along with French counterparts from Burgundy. Champagnes and sparkling wines, aromatic whites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône varieties among the other strong points of the list.
“Our family has put a lot of thought and work into the wine list, and we are thrilled to once again have it recognized for excellence by the Wine Spectator,” Righetti-Fowler said.
The Far Western Tavern wine list can be viewed here:
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Welcome to the Far Western Tavern—contemporary California ranch cuisine inspired by local traditions. Owned by three generations of the Minetti family, the Far Western Tavern is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a renowned regional fare rooted in native ingredients and methods that were first popularized by 19th century rancheros. The menu blends this local barbecue style with other dishes that reflect our heritage in the Santa Maria Valley’s Swiss-Italian ranching community, all prepared with fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards. www.FarWesternTavern.com