Several Alabama restaurants will be honored in Wine Spectator magazine's 2015 Restaurant Awards, which honor outstanding eateries with extraordinary wine lists. This year, more than 3600 restaurants from all over the world were featured.

A total of 2,563 restaurants earned the program’s Award of Excellence, which recognizes a wine list offering an interesting and diverse selection of wines that are 'well-presented and thematically match the restaurant’s cuisine in price and style'. Another 973 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for offering a wine list of typically 350 or more quality selections with significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions.

The Grand Award represents the program’s highest honor. Those in this elite group—representing 13 countries and 15 U.S. states—generally offer more than 1,000 selections, with superior breadth and depth in many of the world’s classic wine-producing regions. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

The issue also features a detailed analysis of wine list trends and full profiles of this year’s new Grand Award winners. A complete list of restaurants can be found in’s Restaurant Search, which also features information about wine selections, cuisine, and pricing. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation by using #WSRestaurantAward, #WSTopWineLists and #WSGrandAward.

The complete list of award winners is featured in the August 31 issue of Wine Spectator, but is available on newsstands now.