Delicias looks toward Wine Spectator rating

RANCHO SANTE FE — Delicias Restaurant has unveiled plans to improve its wine list. So much so, that it plans to apply for the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence as soon as 2010.
The award, given to restaurants that exemplify a well-chosen selection of quality-produced wines, along with a thematic match to their food-style, has never been on the radar for the restaurant. The second-tier award usually combines vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions according to Wine Spectator. Delicias plans to compliment its California fresh menu by adding 400 labels to its temperature-controlled cellar.
Tyler Williams, general manager, will spearhead the build-up of Delicias’ wine cellar. California-style wines created in California will be the focal point of the new additions. The announcement comes from owner Owen Perry.
“This new focus is part of our continuous pursuit to provide our guests the best dining experience possible,” said Perry, a Rancho Santa Fe local. “This is a great time to be buying wine, and we will pass that saving on to our customers.”
Chef Knowles’ new California-fresh menu begins with daily visits to Chino Farms and other local and organic farms. Nightly specials showcase these just-picked vegetables alongside ocean and farm selections paired with light dressings and summery sauces. Hand-cut pasta, risotto and vegetarian plates change daily based on these same hours-old ingredients.
For more information on the restaurant, call (858) 756-8000 or visit its Web site at www.deliciasrestaurant.com.

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