Larks Restaurants in Rogue Valley top Oregon Wine A-List awards

By on January 21, 2017
Larks Restaurant at The Inn at the Commons in Medford is part of the Neuman Hotel Group and co-winner of the Wine Program of 2017 for the Oregon A-List Awards.

Larks Restaurant with The Inn at the Commons in Medford is part of the Neuman Hotel Group and co-winner with its sister restaurant in Ashland as the 2017 Wine Program of the Year for the Oregon Wine A-List Awards. (Photo courtesy of Neuman Hotel Group)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, with restaurants in the Rogue Valley communities of Ashland and Medford, Ore., has been selected as the 2017 Wine Program of the Year as part of the third annual Oregon Wine A-List Awards.

The award process, staged in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Board, recognized 124 restaurants around the state and the globe that support the Oregon wine industry with culinary programs, education and wine lists.

“Our wine industry would not be where it is today without the support of the restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine buyers and service staff who all act as our frontline ambassadors on a nightly basis,” Michelle Kaufmann, communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board, stated in a news release. “This program allows us to celebrate these esteemed restaurants around the world are showcasing just how food-friendly Oregon wines are.”

Oregon Wine A-List Awards restaurants dedicate a significant portion of their wine lists to Oregon, while Regional Spotlight winners include a diversity of regions and varieties. The announcements were made Jan. 3.

Interest in the Oregon Wine A-List Awards continues to expand, starting with 72 restaurants in 2015 and growing to 112 last year. Past recipients of the Wine Program of the Year include Christopher Czarnecki, executive chef/owner of the Joel Palmer House in Dayton (2015), and sommelier James Rahn while he was at Portland’s historic Heathman Restaurant and Bar.

Neuman Hotel Group works with Larks on program

According to the Oregon Wine Board, the Wine Program of the Year winner sets a standard of excellence for an Oregon wine restaurant program with its depth and breadth of Oregon selections, participation in Oregon Wine Month and educational opportunities for staff and guests.

“In the 11 years that I have been with Larks Restaurant, it has been truly extraordinary to see the progress that the Oregon wine industry has made,” said Ava DeRosier, director of food and beverage at Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine and Neuman Hotel Group. “Our commitment to showcase Oregon wines has been so gratifying because our staff has the opportunity to continually educate visitors and locals about the amazing things that are happening here.

“We are wildly passionate about telling the Oregon story through our food, wine and hospitality, and we are honored to be recognized as Restaurant of the Year,” DeRosier added.

2017 Oregon Wine A-List Award winners

The Palm Court at the historic Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City is the Central Oregon Regional Spotlight Winner for the 2017 Oregon Wine A-List Awards. (Photo courtesy of the Geiser Grand Hotel)

(*Regional Spotlight winners, **Wine Program of the Year, others listed in alphabetical order)

Central Oregon
The Palm Court, Geiser Grand Hotel*
900 Wall
Ariana Restaurant
The Grille at Crosswater, Sunriver Resort
Greg’s Grill
Zydeco Kitchen

Oregon Coast
The Gallery at Bandon Dunes*
The Bay House
Bridgewater Bistro
Local Ocean Seafoods
Redfish
Restaurant Beck
Speakeasy 33
Stephanie Inn
Tidal Raves Seafood Grill
Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge

Columbia Gorge
Riverside*
Celilo Restaurant and Bar
Simon’s, The Columbia Gorge Hotel
Solstice Wood Fire Café
Cascade Dining Room, Timberline Lodge

Portland Metro
Imperial, Hotel Lucia*
Allium
Bluehour
Capers Café et Le Bar
clarklewis
Coquine
Decarli
El Gaucho Portland
Five Spice
five-0-three
Headwaters, The Heathman Hotel
Higgins
Jake’s Famous Crawfish
Jo Bar and Rotisserie
Laurelhurst Market
Lechon
Meriwether’s
Ned Ludd
¡Oba! Restaurante
Palm Garden, Crowne Plaza
Park Kitchen
Pazzo Ristorante
Portland City Grill
Portofino
Quaintrelle
Raven & Rose
RingSide Fish House
RingSide Steakhouse
Roots
Salty’s on the Columbia
St. Jack
Tasty n Sons
Urban Farmer

Southern Oregon
Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, Inn at the Commons, (Medford)**
Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine, Ashland Springs Hotel (Ashland)**
Alchemy Restaurant & Bar
Bella Union
Caldera Restaurant & Brewery
Jacksonville Inn
Kaleidoscope Pizza
The Peerless
Pomodori Bistro & Wine Bar
Porters
Prospect Dinner House*
The Regency Grill
Smithfields Restaurant & Bar
The Steamboat Inn

Willamette Valley
Nick’s Italian Café*
1847 Bar & Grill, Boulder Falls Inn
Babica Hen Café
The Barberry & 1882 Grille
Bentley’s Grill
Bistro Maison
The Dundee Bistro
Frankie’s Restaurant
The Joel Palmer House
JORY, The Allison Inn & Spa
La Rambla Restaurant & Bar
Marché
Orupa
Our Daily Bread
The Painted Lady
Recipe – A Neighborhood Kitchen
Red Hills Provincial Dining
Ruddick/Wood
Silver Grille
Subterra– A Wine Cellar Restaurant
Sybaris Bistro
Thistle
Tina’s
Vault 244

Washington state
The Willows Inn (Lummi Island)*
Canlis (Seattle)
The Herbfarm (Woodinville)
RN74 (Seattle)

National
City Winery (Chicago)*
Artist Point (Orlando, Fla.)
Bern’s Steakhouse (Tampa, Fla.)
Bilbo Baggins Restaurant (Alexandria, Va.)
Blood & Sand (St. Louis)
The Boarding House (Chicago)
Canoe (Atlanta)
City Winery (Atlanta)
City Winery (New York)
Cypress (Charleston, S.C.)
Delmonico Steakhouse (Las Vegas)
The Dutch (New York)
Farallon (San Francisco)
Gallery & Garden (Birmingham, Ala.)
Grill 23 & Bar (Boston)
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (Dallas)
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Downtown (Houston)
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Galleria (Houston)
Prospect (San Francisco)
Rick Erwin West End Grill (Greenville, S.C.)
Salt 88 (Omaha, Neb.)
Twisted Cork Bistro (Omaha, Neb.)

International
CONEXTION* (Osaka, Japan)
Norda Bar & Grill (Göteborg, Sweden)
Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant (Göteborg, Sweden)
Huset (Svalbard, Norway)
Restaurant Tranquebar, Hotel Hesselet (Nyborg, Denmark)
Upper House (Göteborg, Sweden)

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region’s longest-running golf publication.

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