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A.R. Valentien Earns Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2016

The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ Signature Restaurant Recognized Among Winners as a Top Destination for Wine Lovers

La Jolla, California (August 2016)—A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Wine List Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator.

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 2,414; 1,093; and 88 winners this year in each respective category.

A.R. Valentien has won the Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence 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 2016 issue and online at, where visitors can search for and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About A.R. Valentien

A.R. Valentien is the fine-dining destination and signature restaurant located inside The Lodge at Torrey Pines that takes advantage of the best that California has to offer: a magnificent setting, superior produce, indigenous Craftsman-style architecture and the rich history of California Impressionism. Led by Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, who has appeared as a guest chef at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City, A.R. Valentien has garnered numerous awards throughout the years, including Top Ten Farm-to-Table Restaurants by Epicurious Condé Nast and ranking as one of America’s Top Restaurants by Zagat readers. For further information or reservations, visit or call the restaurant directly at (858) 777-6635.

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