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But there’s no arguing the quality of the wine lists of the three Dayton-area winners.
This is the first time that The Paragon, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, received a Wine Spectator award.
Brian Hull, who oversees the wine service at The Paragon, said the Wine Spectator award will help call attention to his restaurant and distinguish it from other fine-dining establishments, especially among wine enthusiasts.
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Hull has worked for The Paragon since December 2017, but he is in his first month as wine director, following the departure of John Johnson, who recently accepted a position at The French Laundry in Yountville in Napa Valley, California.
“I worked side-by-side with him, and I inherited a pretty good inventory,” Hull said. The Paragon is strong in red wines, including prestigious bottlings from the likes of Penfolds, Caymus and Opus One.
Carvers is a repeat Wine Spectator award-winner, having taken part in the program since 2008.
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“We currently have about 300 selections on our wine list covering every major wine region in the world,” Josh Dotson, manager/wine sommelier at Carvers, told this news outlet today. “I have taken pride in building a list that offers a variety of selections at multiple price points so that we are able to provide a quality bottle of wine to all guests.”
The Wine Spectator award, Dotson said, “gives me a stamp of approval that we are continuing to meet that goal.”
Fleming’s, a national steakhouse chain, received Wine Spectator awards at all of its restaurants nationwide, including its three in Ohio.
The restaurant has a deep and varied wine list, including a broad selection of wines by the glass.