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(Greater Palm Springs, CA) - August 6, 2013 – Sixteen restaurants in Greater Palm Springs have been recognized by Wine Spectator's 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards for their extensive wine lists, selections that are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

Spencers Rest table setting PicmonkeyTable at Spencer's Restaurant in Palm Springs set for multi-wine dinnerTwo restaurants Spencer's Restaurant and Cuistot received the 2013 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. This award gives special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. Only 850 winners were selected across the globe. These lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.

The Wine Spectator 2013 Award of Excellence recognized the following restaurants for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

Indian Wells

Sirocco at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Palm Desert

Mastro's Steakhouse

Mitch's On El Paseo Prime Seafood

Morton's, The Steakhouse

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Ristorante Mamma Gina

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Palm Springs

Circa 59 at Riviera Hotel

Europa Restaurant at Villa Royale

The Steakhouse at Spa Resort Casino

Zin American Bistro

Rancho Mirage

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa

To qualify for an award, the list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass. Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration. After meeting these basic requirements, lists are judged for one of the three awards – Grand Award, Best of Awards of Excellence and Award of Excellence.

Wine Spectator has been honoring the world's best wine lists since 1981 to encourage restaurants to improve their selections. The publication reaches nearly 2.6 million wine enthusiasts around the world.

Editor's note: If you're planning a trip to the Greater Palm Springs area you may want to visit the Deserts section of Taste California Travel's Resource Directory. In it you will find links to the websites of hundreds of Dining and Lodging options.

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