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08/09/2014 1:48 PM

Taste Restaurant, in Plymouth, was elated to receive top honors from Wine Enthusiast Magazines August issue, America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2014. Editors from the magazine search high and low throughout the year to find restaurants that are providing unique wine offerings, are very wine-focused and have great cuisine to accompany the wines. The majority of restaurants recognized are from California (21) and New York (22), with the remainder scattered throughout the rest of the U.S.

Taste owners, Mark and Tracey Berkner, moved to Amador County in 1997 when there were 12 wineries. They knew that there needed to be a Wine Country restaurant near the Shenandoah Valley and eventually the right location was available. Taste opened in 2006, when there were barely thirty wineries in Amador County. Today, the region boasts forty-five wineries and growing.

Many of the wines featured on the Taste wine list are from local producers with an annual production of less than six hundred cases. Combine the local production with Napa Cabernets, Oregon Pinot Noirs, French Champagnes and Bordeaux for a wine list that offers something for everyone. Certified Sommelier and Server at Taste, Thomas Allen, has also added winemaker to his title in recent years. He creates local red wine blends for a rotating wine on tap.

The dedication of the staff at Taste is what helps to create that wine restaurant experience. Every dish is tasted, evaluated and paired with a wine before it goes on the menu. The service staff receives constant training on each of the wines on the list and how to pair with the seasonal menu items. Many times, the guests will opt for a Chef’s Tasting Menu and ask for a course-by-course wine pairing. This is when the servers can put their knowledge to work and heighten a guest’s dining experience. The passion of the culinary team to prepare dishes that express seasonality, creativity and wine-friendliness is unstoppable.

Co-owner/Chef Mark Berkner stated, “The recognition of our small independent rural restaurant in a class of world-renowned restaurants is a great honor.” The Berkners traveled to New York City in July to accept the award. “The hard work and dedication of our staff to embrace our vision for what Taste has become is a great reward every day. However, to be recognized for our work nationally is something we will cherish for years to come.” said co- owner Tracey Berkner.

Taste Restaurant has brought big-city know-how to the small town of Plymouth. Now they have brought national recognition to the region with this award.

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