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Nominations open for coveted Oregon Wine A-List Awards

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Restaurants that go the extra mile to feature Oregon wines are once again in the running for the state’s top honors, the annual Oregon Wine A-List Awards, as the nomination period opens for the 2016 list.

The A-List program, which honors restaurants that “do an exceptional job of offering and promoting Oregon wine on their wine lists,” is put on by the Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board. Each year awards are meted to winning restaurants that are selected by a panel of food and wine experts, from nominations by the public.

“The on-premise channel is vital to the continued growth of our industry and we are thrilled to recognize the restaurants and wine professionals who wholeheartedly support and recommend Oregon wine to their guests,” said Ellen Brittan, chairwoman of the Oregon Wine Board.

The winners list published this year included 72 restaurants, a number of them local. Painted Lady, Recipe: A Neighborhood Kitchen, Subterra and JORY at The Allison represented Newberg among the winners, while Dundee Bistro, Red Hills Provincial Dining and Tina’s put Dundee on the winners list.

The winning restaurants are compiled online where people can locate A-List restaurants in their region.

There is no limit to the number of restaurants that can receive an A-List award, as long as they meet the qualifications: displaying a “distinguished commitment to Oregon wine by featuring wide range of varieties of Oregon wine from multiple regions throughout the state on their by-the-bottle and/or by-the-glass wine selections.”

A director-of-the-year award is also given to the “restaurant wine director who has excelled at developing creative and innovative ways to integrate Oregon wines into their restaurant’s offerings and share their personal passion for Oregon wines with their clientele.”

Anyone can nominate a restaurant or wine director at www.oregonwinealist.com. The nomination period runs through Nov. 1.