Wine Country Represents: James Beard Semifinalists Announced

More thrilling than the Oscar and the Grammy awards combined (for us, at least), the annual James Beard Foundation Awards recognizes some of the best, most interesting and most dedicated professionals in the food and wine world. And while not surprising, given the number of restaurants and producers in this area, we were excited to see many of our Napa and Sonoma neighbors acknowledged in the list of 2012 nominees. Without further ado, congratulations to our friends:

Outstanding Restaurant: Terra, St. Helena
Outstanding Service: Cyrus,Healdsburg 

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional:
Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol
David Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards, Cazadero
Abe Schoener, The Scholium Project, Napa
Aaron London, Ubuntu, Napa  (note: Ubuntu is currently taking a sabbatical. We will keep you posted)

Best Chef: Pacific
Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville
Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena
Richard Reddington, Redd, Yountville

Winners to be announced May 7