Chico Hot Springs again wins wine award

Eden Jones

The dining room at Chico Hot Springs has again been honored by Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program, joining 1,168 other restaurants worldwide in winning the “Best Of” Award of Excellence honor by the world’s leading wine authority.

This year 2017 marks the Chico dining room’s 18th consecutive year being honored by Wine Spectator, and its second year winning the “Best Of” Award of Excellence, according to owner Colin Davis.

“We’ve worked long and hard on that wine list,” Davis said. “It’s like our baby — it’s definitely a point of pride.”

Davis explained that their focus is having wines that are exquisite and rare, but also low-key and affordable. He also mentioned they have a special cellar dedicated to keeping wines at the perfect temperature.

“We really take it seriously,” he said.

Over 3,952 dining destinations worldwide were honored in the 2017 Restaurant Awards, with 2,335 restaurants winning the Award of Excellence, 1,168 winning the “Best Of” Award of Excellence, and 89 winning the Grand Award, according to a recent press release by Wine Spectator.

“The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers,” the release stated. “Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.”

“Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken said in the release. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving — with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.”