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Terranea Resort’s mar'sel Awarded its Ninth “Best Of Award Of Excellence” from Wine Spectator

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
A Table With Plates And Glasses On It By A Body Of Water

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA (June 28, 2023) - Oceanfront Four Star Forbes Travel Guide winner mar'sel at Terranea Resort, the oceanfront luxury resort just south of Los Angeles, has been awarded Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence for its ninth consecutive year. Wine Spectator is considered by many as the world's leading authority on wine. mar'sel received the second highest level of Wine Spectator's annual awards program, which recognizes the world's best wine restaurant lists and programs exemplifying outstanding wine service.

"We are grateful to Wine Spectator for its publications and the services it provides to industry professionals and knowledge-seeking wine lovers," said Vincent Brunetti, director of food and beverage. "We are, of course, also very grateful to the hard work and dedication provided to our guests by mar'sel's general manager and advanced sommelier Istvan Kiss, assistant manager/resort sommelier Erica Williams, Chef Ugoletti and their teams."

mar'sel's wine collection of 375 bottles is designed to complement Michelin-starred Chef de Cuisine Fabio Ugoletti's seasonal New American dishes featuring farm-to-table creations using ingredients from Terranea's herb and vegetable garden and from nearby Catalina View Farms. The wine offerings provide discerning guests with an interesting selection of both New World and Old World varietals - California cult, French Bordeaux, Burgundy and many others from Italy, Portugal, Oregon, Germany, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Hungary and Spain. The 5,000-bottle wine cellar is meticulously maintained with prestige and vintage wines offered through the Coravin system to preserve optimal freshness and quality. In addition, mar'sel teammates collaborate with guests to present outstanding, bi-monthly, interactive vintner dinners, most recently a dinner in conjunction with Veuve Clicquot. The entire dining experience is complemented by the sound of crashing waves and panoramic Pacific Ocean views.

This year's awards program recognizes dining destinations from all 50 states and more than 75 countries and territories. To be considered for a Best of Award of Excellence recognition, establishments must offer 350 or more selections that show a breadth of regions and styles, as well as vintage depth through vertical collections of notable wines. All award-winners will be featured in Wine Spectator's August 31 issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, July 11, and the list is presently viewable on

About Terranea Resort

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is the premier luxury oceanfront resort in Southern California with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views. Terranea opened in 2009 and proudly celebrates more than 14 years of service and memorable guest experiences in this scenic Southern California enclave. The resort offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas and luxurious villas. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par-3 golf course; award-winning 50,000-square-foot oceanfront spa, fitness and wellness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 square feet of meeting space; and eight dining venues showcasing its farm-to- Terranea culinary philosophy utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Terranea's bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, a Sea Salt Conservatory and more. In addition, the resort's team of expert experience concierge members help guests discover and explore. Terranea's proximity to the Pacific highlights the majestic migration of whales, splashing dolphins, scenic coastal hiking trails and a secluded beach cove. Fun, enriching programs reflect the resort's spectacular oceanfront location, and activities such as falconry, archery, kayaking and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Virtuoso Travel Network and 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. For additional information about Terranea Resort, visit, call 866.261.5873, or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Wine Spectator Magazine

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around millions of 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.

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