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Prime Steak Houses Earn Wine Spectator Award

Prime Steak Houses Earn Wine Spectator Award
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Steak houses at Agua Caliente, Wild Horse Pass and Turning Stone earn Wine Spectator awards.

Wine Spectator has honored at least three steak houses at Indian casinos with its Award of Excellence in 2013. The prestigious honor recognizes 2,870 restaurants that offer a well-curated wine list, which also complements the menu.

Since 1981, Wine Spectator has identified the world’s best wine lists to encourage restaurants to improve their selections. The publication reaches nearly 2.6 million wine enthusiasts across the globe.

Boasting 350 wine selections, Shula’s Steak House located inside Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler, Arizona received the Wine Spectator award for the second consecutive year.

Shula’s, which offers a diverse selection with a specialty in California wines, serves up a mean “Shula Cut”—the restaurant’s superior cut of beef. Shula’s prides itself on using Angus beef and having the highest steak standards weighed against ten unique categories including leanness, marbling and 10 to 16 inches of rib-eye. Themed after the Miami Dolphins 1972 “Perfect Season,” the eatery is owned by Don Shula, who was head coach Dolphins from 1970 to 1995.

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Two restaurants at separate casinos owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have garnered the same Wine Spectator designation.


It’s the seventh year The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, a Four-Diamond property in Rancho Mirage, California, has received the distinction, and the fifth for The Steakhouse at Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, California.

The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa offers 342 different selections, with more than 4,300 bottles in its inventory. At Spa Resort Casino, The Steakhouse has 180 different selections, with more than 1,700 bottles in its inventory.

Three fine dining establishments at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York have once again made the list, including its T.S. Steakhouse for its international wine list paired with its locally sourced and sustainable meat and food. The other award winners include the resort’s intimate, 65-seat elegant Wildflowers Restaurant at The Lodge, and the Italian-style bistro Pino Bianco.