The Overlook at Great Waters and The National Tavern Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2019

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Written by Lauren Bassett

The Overlook at Great Waters and The National Tavern have been honored for their outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards. These restaurants are recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients—we raise a glass to you.”

“Having two restaurants recognized by Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, is a tremendous honor” said Jason Plazola, Director of Food and Beverage, Reynolds Lake Oconee. “Our teams at The Overlook and The National Tavern are excited to continue providing world-class wine selections to our guests and Members, and receiving this award, especially in consecutive years, is something to be celebrated with our Reynolds family and the community as a whole.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective category. Eight of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

Both The Overlook at Great Waters (in its third consecutive year) and The National Tavern (in its second consecutive year) won the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, currently on newsstands, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,800 restaurants.

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