The 2017 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards winners have been announced, and Sonoma Magazine has the scoop on which restaurants in Sonoma and Napa counties made the cut.

Created in 1981, the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards is the Michelin for wine lists. Every year, thousands of restaurants submit their particular wine selection for a chance to be bestowed the prestigious accolade.

The competition is fierce: The internationally renowned restaurants’ wine lists are scrutinized by wine experts who examine the quality and quantity of wines, how the wine list complements the cuisine, who manages the wine – even the spelling and grammar! The lucky restaurants that make the final selection are then divided into three levels: Best of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Awards, the latter being the most prestigious.