Goodstone, Tuskies Awarded for Exceptional Wine Lists

The Restaurant at Goodstone near Middleburg and Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg were recognized by Wine Spectator for having some of the best wine lists in the world.

The Loudoun County restaurants were two of 75 Virginia eateries to win awards from the magazine for their wine programs.

The Restaurant at Goodstone was one of 1,093 restaurants in the world to win the Best of Award of Excellence, the second most prestigious award the magazine gives out. Under the direction of its Wine Director Stephen Elhafdi, Goodstone’s wine list includes 505 selections from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, France, Italy and Virginia. Wine Spectator says the wine prices are moderate, and the menu prices, described as contemporary American, are expensive. Learn more about The Restaurant at Goodstone at

Tuscarora Mill was one of 2,414 restaurants to win the Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator didn’t provide comments on Tuskies’ offerings, but the restaurant is known for a list of carefully selected wine from California, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and, of course, Virginia. The restaurant, which recently celebrated its 30th year in business, serves high-end American fare. Learn more at

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. Just one Virginia restaurant won the highest honor, the Grand Award. That’s the Inn at Little Washington, in Washington, VA, which boasts 2,000 wines selections and 12,670 bottles on site. Find out more at

“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” Marvin R. Shanken, the magazine’s editor and publisher, said in announcing the awards.

He also promoted the new Restaurant Awards app that is designed to steer users to the magazine’s top-rate restaurants. The full list of restaurants topping the list of best wine programs can be seen in this month’s Wine Spectator, which hits newsstands Tuesday.

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