Blackbird Restaurant Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2018

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Blackbird Restaurant Among 3,759 Winners; Full 2018 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue

Jesson and Cristina Gil, Owners of the Blackbird Restaurant

“We have been carefully cultivating an extensive wine list over the last year, and I am thrilled our hard work has been recognized by Wine Spectator,” says Jesson Gil, owner of the Blackbird Restaurant in Asheville, NC.

The Blackbird Restaurant has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.”

“We have been carefully cultivating an extensive wine list over the last year, and I am thrilled our hard work has been recognized by Wine Spectator,” says Jesson Gil, owner of the restaurant.

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 2,453; 1,215; and 91 winners this year in each respective category. Seven of the Grand Award winners are first timers.

The Blackbird 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 issue, on newsstands July 17, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,700 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

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 of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Blackbird Restaurant
Located at 47 Biltmore Ave in downtown Asheville, the blackbird is locally owned by Jesson and Cristina Gil. The Blackbird’s goal is to delight guests with cooking grounded in the traditions and ingredients of the Carolinas while creating an affordable and vibrant menu. Their signature is modern Southern with a “nod” to tradition. Parking for the restaurant is available on Biltmore Ave, inside the Aloft Hotel parking garage. Reservations are available online through OpenTable or via phone at 828-254-2502.

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