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Terranea Resort’s Fine Dining Destination, mar’sel, Named One of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Terranea Resort Press Release

(June 27, 2019) — mar'sel, the Michelin Guide-listed restaurant at Terranea Resort which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has just been named one of the "America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants" for 2019 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Located on the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean,  mar'sel features an award-winning wine list from Beverage Director and Certified Sommelier Alicia Ajolo that pairs seamlessly with the inventive Farm-to-Terranea fare from Chef de Cuisine Andrew Vaughan.

"It is an incredible honor to be recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of America's finest wine restaurants," says Ajolo. "We strive to provide our guests with an exceptional dining experience, offering a curated wine program that complements the hyper-seasonal dishes prepared with ingredients locally sourced from Terranea's farm."

The restaurant's robust wine list contains one-of-a-kind offerings including Cuvée Reserve Champagne, Essentiel by Terranea (created in partnership with Piper-Heidsieck) in addition to more than 400 bottles of highly rated domestic and international labels from Napa to Bordeaux and beyond. Additionally, the Farm & Vinedinner series at mar'sel provides a unique experience for diners to enjoy a 5-course tasting menu paired with wines from the resort's signature cellars and the opportunity to converse directly with some of Terranea's favorite farmers.

"Our Farm & Vine series is one of the ways we showcase rarer vintages and library wines from top producers and create the perfect pairing with each, offering guests a truly unique and personalized experience that appeals to oenophiles and wine novices alike," says Chef Vaughan.

In addition to this most recent accolade, mar'sel was honored with Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence, was named a Forbes Travel Guide "Recommended Restaurant" and voted by Daily Breeze readers as the top choice in the Best Fine Dining category in 2018.

mar'sel is open for dinner Sunday-Thursday from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 5:00-10:00 p.m., as well as Sunday brunch from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

About Terranea Resort

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is the premier oceanfront resort in Southern California with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views on the Los Angeles coast. Terranea opened its doors in June 2009 and proudly celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary in 2019: 10 years of service and memorable guest experiences in this scenic Southern California enclave. The resort also offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas, and luxurious villas, which are also available for purchase as seaside second homes through Terranea Real Estate. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa, fitness, and wellness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and nine dining venues including signature, coastal fine dining restaurant mar'sel; catalina kitchen, serving a New American menu showcasing the bounty of California in a comfortably chic environment; Nelson's, a cliffside spot ideal for whale watching; newly opened wellness eatery solviva; and Asian-inspired bashi. Terranea takes pride in its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy that focuses on utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Terranea's bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, farm-fresh eggs, a Sea Salt Conservatory, and more. In addition, the resort's team of expert Experience Concierge members at the dedicated Experience Center help guests discover and explore Terranea's rich terrain that includes miles of scenic coastal trails, a secluded beach cove, and ocean environments. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as falconry, archery, kayaking, and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe and JC Resorts, managed by CoralTree Hospitality Group, and is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Virtuoso Travel Network. Since its opening, Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure's "500 Best Hotels in the World" and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's "Readers' Choice Awards" and "Gold List." The resort also received the "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report's "Best U.S. Hotels" list. In 2019, Terranea was designated a Great Place To Work-Certified™ company by Great Place to Work. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit, call 866.261.5873, or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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