Il Cortile Ristorante Wins 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Paso Robles restaurant one of only two awarded in Paso Robles

July 16, 2014 (Paso Robles, CA) Downtown Paso Robles’ favorite Italian restaurant, Il Cortile Ristorante, is being honored with a prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The announcement was made in advance of Wine Spectator Magazine’s August 31 issue, which will feature all winners and will focus on cuisine. Other local honoree includes The Restaurant at JUSTIN.

Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence inform thousands of wine lovers and gourmands how to travel and dine across the country. According to their website, the awards “recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.” Additionally, winning wine lists typically include 100 or more wines.

The wine list at Il Cortile is selected by Carole MacDonal, co-proprietor with Chef Santos MacDonal. “Winning this award is especially thrilling because we started so small almost five years ago,” she shares. “At the time, all we offered were 27 bottles of local wine and a handful of Italian bottles. Today, we have over 250.”

She adds, “Qualifying for this award has been a passion for me, and really fun. It is a pleasure to pair such wonderful wines with Santos' dishes and see our guests enjoy them as well!"

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Il Cortile is located in downtown Paso Robles at 608 12th Street, and is downtown Paso Robles’ fine dining Italian restaurant. Chef Santos MacDonal crafts seasonal menus with the freshest ingredients sourced from the surrounding local and regional landscapes and provides a vast array of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A major destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile’s authentic Italian fine dining.

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