Sage Restaurant Earns 2023 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award

Sage Restaurant Earns 2023 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award

Sage Among the World’s Best Restaurants for Wine

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 2023) — Sage Restaurant has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards, which celebrate the world’s best restaurants for wine.

“In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for—listening to their customers and offering personalized experience,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “This annual issue celebrates the places where wine is at the top of that conversation. I’m pleased to congratulate all 3,505 restaurants for their dedication to wine and wine-loving diners.”

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards represent the world’s only program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. They are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,001; 1,411; and 93 winners this year in each respective category.

Sage has won the 2023 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.

“This is our third consecutive year of winning this award and we’re honored,” says Christopher Covelli, executive chef and co-owner of Sage. “Making sure our wine list matches our menu is no small feat, especially considering we offer a new seasonal menu every three months.”

Wine Spectator’s special Restaurant Awards issue was released to readers July 11. Guests can experience Sage’s wine list and summer seasonal menu Tuesday through Saturday evenings starting at 5 p.m.

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Instagram (@wsrestaurantawards), with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by attributes including name, proximity, award level, cuisine and pricing. Winners are also profiled in the free Restaurant Awards app, available for iPhone and iPad users.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 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. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Sage Restaurant

Located at 1216 First Street, Sage Restaurant brings a unique international culinary experience to its downtown location. Guests are treated to worldly cuisine with carefully curated and inspired cocktails. Sage’s menu is seasonally inspired with ingredients and cooking styles from around the world. Award-winning Executive Chef Christopher Covelli’s culinary career spans seven different countries, and he brings authenticity to every dish, creating the ultimate dining experience for guests. His approach to the menu is similar to the building itself, with a strong sense of place and romance that creates a warm and inviting ambiance with rich character and attention to every detail. For more information, visit