Selanne Steak Tavern wins best wine program, now a two-time category recipient 

Selanne Steak Tavern, Laguna Beach’s upscale steak house and tavern at 1464 S Coast Hwy, won the Golden Foodie Award for Best Wine Program 2018 at Orange County’s Golden Foodie Awards gala held on September 30, at the Newport Beach Marriott with over 250 guests. Master Sommelier Michael Jordan presented the award.

“Winning the Golden Foodie Award for our wine program is a great honor,” said co-owner Kevin Pratt. “Teemu Selanne and I are grateful to the Orange County community and beyond that appreciates the hospitality we offer and our impressive wine inventory curated by Advanced Sommelier Vito Pasquale to pair brilliantly with Chef Joshua Severson’s outstanding menus.”

The Best Wine Program Golden Foodies Award recognizes the restaurant whose wine list offers interesting selections that appeal to a variety of wine enthusiasts. In addition to an excellent wine program, the winner is distinguished by having a wine staff who are extremely well-versed about the restaurant’s wines and who suggest wines to guests that will work in harmony with the chef’s cuisine.

This year’s gala was presided over by celebrity master of ceremonies Simon Majumdar who was joined by special guest Neil Saavedra to hand out the awards. 

Selanne Steak Tavern Golden Foodie Awards

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Selanne Steak Tavern’s Chad Sisco and Vito Pasquale accepting their best wine program award

According to the Golden Foodie Awards committee, these awards are “a people’s choice event that recognizes the best chefs, libations and cuisine at chef-driven and independent restaurants. 

With its focus on involving the Orange County community to serve as judges through their voting, the Golden Foodie Awards serve as the highest honor and is an indication of local culinary trends and consumer preferences.” There is a two-week period for voters to cast votes recognizing their choices of outstanding restaurants in 17 categories.

Selanne Steak Tavern’s extensive wine list is known for strength in selections from California and Burgundy, France, as well as global selections from Washington, Oregon, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Austria, South Africa, Portugal, Canada and Australia. Recently, this dinner destination has started serving brunch on Sundays and has enhanced its wine program by offering 11 sparkling wines by the glass at brunch – a prosecco, two brut rosés, a sparkling selection from Carneros, five non-vintage champagnes and three vintage champagnes from Perrier Jouet

Previously, Selanne Steak Tavern has garnered five Golden Foodies Awards, including Best Service Award in 2017; Best Steak Award for the restaurant’s outstanding menu execution, service and overall program in 2016; Best Wine in 2015; and Best New Restaurant and Best Steak in 2014. It has also been honored by receiving the Best of Award of Excellence distinction from Wine Spectator for the last two years.