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Dining Room at The Nittany Lion Inn Receives Prestigious Wine Spectator Award

Sean Caviston Restaurant Manager
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

For the third year in a row, The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion Inn has received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Best of” Award of Excellence—the highest wine list award achieved in the history of the Inn.

The Dining Room joins an exclusive group of dining establishments whose wine lists have earned this honor: Only 20 restaurants in Pennsylvania—and no other establishments in State College—hold the “Best of” designation.

Wine Spectator cited wines from California, Oregon, France, and Italy as strengths of The Dining Room’s wine list.

“The 2018 ‘Best of’ status shows that we continue to boast one of the best wine lists in the state,” said Sean Caviston, restaurant operations manager and wine director at The Nittany Lion Inn.

Caviston continually works to improve the level and scope of offerings on The Dining Room’s wine list, as well as to enhance wine education opportunities for guests. Through the popular “Tastes of the World: A Wine Dinner Series,” for example, guests have the opportunity to learn about the cuisine and wines of different regions of the world as they wine and dine.

According to the Wine Spectator website, “Best of” awards are given to wine lists that “display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.”

All Wine Spectator award winners are featured in the magazine’s August 31 issue, available at newsstands.

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