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Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City Again Earns “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator- Tenth Year in a Row

TAMPA, Fla., July 23, 2013 - - The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, Florida’s oldest restaurant, has again earned the “Best of Award of Excellence” distinction for an outstanding collection of Spanish wines from Wine Spectator magazine for the tenth year in a row.  To be considered for this recognition, a restaurant’s wine list must contain 400 or more wines from top vineyards in several regions, along with vertical offerings from major regions.
The Columbia’s 200+ pages wine list now contains more than 1,056 wines with an inventory exceeding 50,000 bottles, and can be seen here.   

The wine list of the Columbia has also been recognized by many of Spain’s leading winemakers, including Miguel Torres Sr. of Bodegas Torres and Pablo Álvarez of Bodegas Vega Sicilia as having the world’s best collection in the world of wines from Spain, and the most complete.  The collection also contains a large selection of verticals from some of California’s leading family-owned wineries.

Every year since 1981, Wine Spectator magazine acknowledges restaurants that show passion and commitment when it comes to wine.

The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant.  Additional locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida's town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family; except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see for more information.

Contact: Angela Geml 813-248-3000, ext. 17, or [email protected]