Dylan Torcoletti, Supervisor at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse samples a bottle of wine in the restaurant wine area located at Langham Hotel Pasadena.
Dylan Torcoletti, Supervisor at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse samples a bottle of wine in the restaurant wine area located at Langham Hotel Pasadena. ((SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini))

California's wine country may be to the north of Los Angeles, but there are plenty for local wine lovers to celebrate. According to Wine Spectator, there are dozens of restaurants in the area — from downtown L.A. to Pasadena and the South Bay — offering deliciously diverse wines.

Wine Spectator's 2014 Restaurant Awards, which highlights the eateries around the globe that offer the best wine selections, chose 3,748 award winners from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 from other countries and territories, including many in Los Angeles County.



Among the list of winners, Wine Spectator also named its first Grand Award winners, which the program's top tier restaurants. Those in this elite group — representing 12 countries and 15 U.S. states — generally offer 1,500 or more selections, “with superior breadth and depth in many of the world's classic wine-producing regions,” according to Wine Spectator. The editors of Wine Spectator carefully assess each candidate, rigorously inspecting the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.



The six top-notch dining destinations winners are Clos Maggiore in London; La Toque in Napa; Nice Matin in New York; Saison in San Francisco; The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara; and Studio in Laguna Beach.

These Grand Award winners lead the 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards, along with 68 others who have retained their status as a go-to experience for wine aficionados. According to Marvin R. Shanken, editor/publisher of Wine Spectator, there has never been a more exciting time to be a wine lover.

The magazine began forming its best wine lists in 1981. The complete list of 2014 award winners will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, available July 22.



Check out what Los Angeles area restaurants made the Wine Spectator's “must try” list:






The Bazaar by Jose Andres


Where: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

Information: 310-246-5555, sbe.com


Boa Steakhouse Sunset


Where: 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

Information: 310-278-2050, www.innovativedining.com


Café Pinot


Where: 700 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-239-6500, patinagroup.com


The Capital Grille


Where: 8614 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-358-0650, www.thecapitalgrille.com




Culina Modern Italian


Where: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive.

Information: 310-860-4000, culinarestaurant.com


Fleming's Prime Steakhouse


Where: 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; 252 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; 2301 Rosencrans Ave., El Segundo.

Information: 213-745-9911, 310-278-8710, 310-643-6911,www.flemingssteakhouse.com


Hinoki & The Bird


Where: 10 W. Century Drive, Los Angeles.

Information: 310-552-1200, hinokiandthebird.com


Industriel Urban Farm Cuisine


Where: 609 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles



Information: 213-488- 8020, industrielfarm.com


JW's Steakhouse


What: Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-641-5700, www.marriott.com


L.A. Prime Steakhouse


Where: The Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-612-4743




Where: 8897 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-859-0242


Osteria Mamma


Where: 5732 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Information: 323-284-7060, www.osteriamamma.com


The Palm


Where: 1100 S. Flower St. and 9001 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles



Information: 213-763-4600, www.thepalm.com




Where: 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-972-3331, patinarestaurant.com


Red O Restaurant


Where: 8155 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

Information: 323-655-5009, www.redorestaurant.com




Where: SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-247-0400.


Saddle Peak Lodge


Where: 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas.

Information: 818-222-3888, www.saddlepeaklodge.com


Seasons 52


Where: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles and 1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.



Information: 310-277-5252 or 310-451-1152, www.seasons52.com


Sprazzo Cucina Italiana


Where: 1389 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-479-3337, www.sprazzo.net


Taix French Restaurant


Where: 1911 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 213-484-1265, taixfrench.com




Where: 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.

Information: 310-820-2448.


Trattoria Amici


Where: 783 Americana Way, Glendale.

Information: 818-502-1220, www.amicila.com


Vibrato Grills, Jazz...Etc.


Where: 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles.



Information: 310-474-9400.


Water Grill


Where: 544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles and 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 213-891-0900 or 310-394-5669, www.watergrill.com




Where: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles.

Information: 310-273-2222.






The Belvedere


Where: The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-551-2888.


Bouchon in Beverly Hills


Where: 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-271-9910, bouchonbistro.com




Crustacean Beverly Hills


Where: 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

Information: 310-205-8990, houseofan.com


Cut and Sidebar


Where: The Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

Information: 310-276-8500.


Fogo de Chao


Where: 133 N. La Cienaga Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-289-7755, www.fogodechao.com


Hakkasan Beverly Hills


Where: 233 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-888-8661, hakkasan.com


Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana


Where: 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.



Information: 310-550-8330, www.ilfornaio.com




Where: L'Ermitage, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-278-3344.


Mastro's Steakhouse


Where: 246 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-888-8782, www.mastrosrestaurants.com


The Polo Lounge


Where: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Information: 310-276-2251.


Ruth's Chris Steak House


Where: 224 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills and 369 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Information: 310-859-8744 or 626-583-8122, www.ruthschris.com




Spago Beverly Hills


Where: 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills.

Informaion: 310-385-0880, www.wolfgangpuck.com






Arroyo Chop House


Where: 536 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.

Information: 626-577-7463, www.arroyochophouse.com


Café Verde


Where: 961 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Information: 626-356-9811, www.cafeverdepasadena.com


Parkway Grill


Where: 510 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena.

Information: 626-795-1001, www.theparkwaygrill.com


The Raymond


Where: 1250 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.

Information: 626-441-3136, www.theraymond.com




The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse


Where: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena.

Information: 626-585-6410, www.roycela.com


Smitty's Grill


Where: 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.

Information: 626-792-9999, www.smittysgrill.com






Packing House Wines


Where: 540 W. First St., Claremont.

Information: 909-445-9463, www.packinghousewines.com


Tutti Mangia Italian Grill


Where: 102 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

Information: 909-625-4669, www.tuttimangia.com






Amici Trattoria


Where: 2538 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica.



Information: 310-260-4900.




Where: 3810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-394-5550, www.caporestaurant.com


Catch American Seafood


Where: Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica.

Information: 310-581-7714


Chinois on Main


Where: 2709 Main St., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-392-9025.


Del Frisco's Grills


Where; 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-395-7333, delfriscosgrille.com


Josie Restaurant


Where: 2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-581-9888, www.josierestaurant.com


Locanda Del Lago




Where: 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-451-3525, www.lagosantamonica.com




Where: 1147 Third St., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-451-0843, michaelssantamonica.com


One Pico


Where: Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-587-1717.


Sonoma Wine Garden


Where: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica.

Information: 424-214-4560, www.sonomawinegardensantamonica.com




Where: 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Information: 310-829-4313.


Via Veneto


Where: 3009 Main St., Santa Monica.



Information: 310-399-1843, www.viaveneto.us






Nikita Malibu


Where: 22716 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

Information: 310-456-3274, www.nikitamalibu.com






The Tasting Kitchen


Where: 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

Information: 310-392-6644, thetastingkitchen.com






Darren's Restaurant & Bar


Where: 1141 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Information: 310-802-1973, www.darrensrestaurant.com


Tin Roof Bistro


Where: 3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach.

Information: 310-939-0900, www.tinroofbistro.com










Where: Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Information: 310-265-2701, www.terranea.com/marsel


Trump National Golf Club


Where: 1 Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Information: 310-303-3260, www.trumpnationallosangeles.com






5555 East Steakhouse


Where: 5555 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

Information: 562-437-0626, www.555east.com


Delius Restaurant


Where: 2951 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill.

Information: 562-426-0694, deliusrestaurant.com


L'Opera Ristorante




Where: 101 Pine Ave., Long Beach.

Information: 562-491-0066, www.lopera.com


Michael's on Naples


Where: 5620 E. Second St., Long Beach.

Information: 562-439-7080, www.michaelsonnaples.com


Parker's Lighthouse


Where: Shoreline Village, 435 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach.

Information: 562-432-6500, www.parkerslighthouse.com


The Sky Room


Where: 40 S. Locust Ave., Long Beach.

Information: 562-983-2703, www.theskyroom.com