Gary Brown, Sommelier and Restaurant Manager at Westglow Resort and Spa, recently earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence on behalf of Rowland’s Restaurant. Wine Spectator Awards go to restaurants whose wine lists are varied while remaining appropriate to the restaurant’s specific cuisine. Furthermore, the Awards are only given to restaurants whose wine lists appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.
As a certified sommelier, Brown has always strived to meet the strict standards of Wine Spectator. “When I came to Westglow, my first goal was to see Rowland’s earn the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, not for another accolade on the wall, but because the Award of Excellence is an international standard that is easily recognized,” said Brown.
Brown’s standards have established strong relationships with Relais & Chateaux sponsored wines including selections from Dom Perignon, Pommery, Numanthia, and Il Borro, to name just a few. In keeping with Relais & Chateaux’s strong commitment to a sense of place, Rowland’s also offers wines from Jones Von Drehle Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley. Brown noted, “It is very important to me to have selections on the list that can be enjoyed by all. From first time wine drinkers to the aficionado, I have handpicked all the wines on the list with a specific guest in mind.”
All staff members at Westglow and Rowland’s Restaurant are humbled by the recognition and will continue to support Brown in maintaining a wine program that is inspiring, intriguing, and, most importantly, inviting.