Mariner’s Restaurant earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award

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Mariner’s Restaurant of Natchitoches was honored for its wine program in Wine Spectator magazine. Pictured are owners Ben and Keri Fidelak and their children, Lauren and Graeme.

Mariner’s Restaurant has been honored for its wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards. The annual program recognizes restaurants around the world as a top destination for wine lovers.

“American restaurants are back in business, as patrons are eagerly returning to dining rooms across the nation,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher of Wine Spectator. “In this year’s Restaurant Awards issue, we reflect on how restaurateurs navigated this incredibly difficult period, and look ahead, with every indication that the coming year will be one of the most promising in decades for an industry we all love. It’s been a long road back, and it feels wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all they bring to the world of wine.”

“Ben and I are absolutely over the moon!” said Keri Fidelak, owner of Mariner’s Restaurant. “What started out as one of the darkest years in our business history has transformed into a shinning new adventure! We are thrilled to have been included as one of only 1,673 restaurants worldwide to receive such a prestigious award.”

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 1,673; 1,141; and 103 winners this year in each respective category.

Mariner’s Restaurant 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.

Wine Spectator’s special 40th Anniversary Restaurant Awards issue, which also features tributes to past Restaurant Award winners now closed including 10 Grand Award winners, is available July 13.

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 (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events.