Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards Celebrate Cellars from Around the World


– Toptable Group’s Restaurants Recognized with Best of Award of Excellence –

Memorable dining experiences are truly a mark of excellence and Wine Spectator’s Annual Restaurant Awards exemplify those restaurants who have a passion for outstanding wine programs.

Toptable Group’s restaurants from Vancouver to Whistler were awarded the Best of Award of Excellence, including newcomers, Elisa and Il Caminetto. Chosen amongst just over 1200 restaurants worldwide, the ‘Best of’ accolade is one of three levels that recognize extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple wine regions. Toptable Group’s commitment to its various wine programs speak to each Wine Director’s focus on vintages that highlight the kitchen’s unique style of cooking.

Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
Jason Kawaguchi, Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence since 2000
Wine Strengths: California, France, Burgundy, Italy, and Canada

Il Caminetto
Leagh Barkley, Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence, 2019
Wine Strengths: Tuscany, Piedmont, Italy, and Canada

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
William Mulholland, Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence since 2016
Wine Strengths: Burgundy, Canada, Bordeaux, California, Tuscany, and Piedmont

CinCin Ristorante + Bar
Shane Taylor, Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence since 2016
Wine Strengths: Tuscany, Piedmont, Italy, Canada, and California

Franco Michienzi, Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence, 2019
Wine Strengths: California and France

West Restaurant + Bar
Owen Knowlton, Restaurant and Wine Director
Best of Award of Excellence since 2003
Wine Strengths: Bordeaux, France, California, Italy, and Canada

Full details regarding the 2019 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards list can be found at where visitors can search and access exclusive content about the recipients.


One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has eight elegant yet approachable restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar and The Cellar by Araxi, Bar Oso, Il Caminetto, CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe, Elisa, West Restaurant, and Thierry Cafe. More information can be found online at

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.


Media release and images provided by Judy Ahola, TopTable Group.
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