Glasses raised to Elements at Angel Fire

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Time to raise a glass to Angel Fire Resort’s fine dining restaurant, Elements, for its world-class wine selection.
Wine Spectator has released its 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards and the magazine honored Elements with an Award of Excellence. Elements is located in the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, in the Southern Rockies of New Mexico.
The magazine’s annual international awards come in three tiers: The highest honor, the Grand Award, usually goes to select restaurants with super-deep wine selections that exceed 1, 500 varieties. Second place is Best of Award of Excellence and third is Award of Excellence.
Out of more than 3,700 restaurants the magazine chose to recognize only 850 restaurants with the Best of Awards of Excellence. In this category Wine Spectator’s middle-tier award honors wine lists of 400 or more quality selections. These award winners must also offer significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions. Receiving this honor thrills Element’s and Angel Fire Country Club manager, Jillian Smothers.
“We have been adding and building Element’s wine list for years, to make sure it offers the best from several regions,” explains Smothers. “To have been recognized by the leading wine experts, for our effort, is an honor.”
Elements offer more than 90 different types of wines on its wine list and hosts a wine library with over 750 bottles of wine. Elements is open Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., call 575-377-3055 to make reservations.
A full list of the 3,793 winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which also includes analysis of the current restaurant wine scene and profiles of this year’s new Grand Award winners. All of the restaurants can also be found in WineSpectator.com’s free-access Restaurant Search, along with details about their wine selection, cuisine, prices and key staff.
The full list can be found here: winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/48658