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Sea Glass Awarded Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

June 27, 2023

Cape Elizabeth, Me. (June 27, 2023)- Sea Glass , the ocean view restaurant at Inn by the Sea , Maine’s premier beach resort located on Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine has been honored for its outstanding wine cellar with Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence 2023 , announced Michael Briggs, the Inn’s Managing Director. Sea Glass was recognized for its thoughtfully curated wine lists that offer diverse selections compatible with Executive Chef David Brown’s seasonal menus.

“We are honored to receive this award for the quality of our wine list,” stated Briggs. “This recognition signifies our deep commitment to wine for serious wine lovers, from our cellar to the service team’s execution.”

Wine Spectator, considered the world’s leading authority on wine, announced the winners of the 2023 Restaurant Awards, which honor the world’s best restaurants for wine. Launched in 1981, the magazine recognizes three levels of Awards which represent the world’s sole program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. This year, the Award of Excellence had 2,001 winners, the Best of the Award of Excellence 1,411 winners, and the Grand Award, 93 winners from around the globe.

“We are thrilled to have received the Best of Award of Excellence this year”, stated Shayne Conlon, Director of Food and Beverage at Sea Glass. “We enjoy working with Chef Brown to offer quality and satisfying pairings, across a variety of selections, for the Chef’s handcrafted, regionally sourced menus. The Sea Glass cellar features 420 labels and 2,2000 bottles with focused strengths from both California and France. Last winter the culinary team travelled to several California wineries to personally hand pick varieties to add to the restaurant’s cellar.”

Sea Glass received the second-tier award for a wine list that features quality producers and wines that diners wouldn’t easily find at local wine stores. Criteria for the award includes breadth across multiple wine growing regions, depth of top producers and superior presentation. The award-winning wine selections must also match the restaurant’s cuisine in both style and pricing, giving guests a well-rounded experience. Winners will be announced in the August issues of Wine Spectator magazine available on newsstands, or online now.

“In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for—listening to their customers and offering personalized experience,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “The annual issue celebrates the places where wine is at the top of that conversation. I’m pleased to congratulate all 3,505 restaurants for their dedication to wine and wine-loving diners.”

About Sea Glass and Inn by the Sea: An idyllic oceanfront escape, located on a mile of unspoiled sand beach, just 7 miles from Portland, Inn by the Sea is Maine's premier beach destination offering elegant hospitality in 62 upscale rooms and suites, with full- service SPA, cardio room, heated pool and captivating cuisine served in ocean view Sea Glass restaurant. The restaurant serves fresh seasonal fare, with handcrafted and regionally sourced menus that will please any palette, all paired with wines from the award- winning cellar of over 420 labels. Children and dogs are warmly welcomed to this Preferred LVX® & BEYOND GREEN member and Virtuoso® property.

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