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Recognition And More...

Alex Sebastian

  • Past President of the Western Pennsylvania Restaurant Association 1977
  • "Restauranteur of the Year" Pennsylvania & W. PA. Restaurant Association 1989
  • First California "Grand Wine Wizard" 1986
  • Florida State University "Society of Hosts" 1990
  • Certified Wine Judge, State of California & InterVin

Wooden Angel

  • 1986 - 1997 Wine Spectator 'Grand Award'     only PA restaurant
  • 1997-2005 Wine Spectator 'Best of the Award of Excellence'
  • 1980 - 1986 Wine Spectator 'One of the Greatest Wine Lists in the World'
  • 1970 Hospitality Magazine Table Top Award
  • 1971 Institutions Magazine Interior Design Award
  • 1980++++++++ Pgh. Magazine Reader Poll - Best Wine List, "Best in the West (Pgh. Suburbs)"
  • 1986++++ Travel Holiday Magazine - Highest Award
  • 1990 Pittsburgh Magazine Distinguished Restaurant by the Blue Ribbon Panel
  • 1995-1996 Pittsburgh Magazine Ledgend

Featured Magazine Articles

Cover Stories:

  • 'Beaver County Magazine' - Summer 2003
  • Restaurant Hospitality 1976 & 1987
  • Fortune Magazine: Dining in America 1983
  • Connoisseur: 5 Great Wine Lists - March 1989
  • USAir Magazine 'Pittsburgh Restaurants' March 1990
  • Restaurant Management - 'Merchandising Your Restaurant' 1986
  • American Wine Society Journal
  • The Wine Spectator Magazine
  • Organic Gardening

Quoted Regularly In:

  • Nations Restaurant News
  • Restaurant Business
  • Restaurant Hospitality
  • Etc.

Certified Professional Wine Judge:

(++ indicate multiple occasions)

  • USAir's InFlight Beverage Program Wine Consultant 1980 - 1997
  • Los Angeles County Fair ++
  • California State Fair ++
  • Intervin International ++
  • International Eastern ++
  • Grand Harvest ++
  • New World International ++
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair ++
  • Ohio State
  • Oregon State
  • Pennsylvania State ++
  • BTI/International Wine Review
  • American Wine Society ++
  • Dallas Morning News ++
  • National Restaurant Assoc. ++
  • San Diego
  • New York State Fair
  • Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance

Wine Appreciation Instructor:

  • Wooden Angel Wine Appreciation Program
  • Pennsylvania State University Adult Education Classes
  • Beaver County Community College Evening Classes
  • University of Pittsburgh Wine Appreciation Class (Guest Speaker)
  • 'Crate' Kitchen Store (Monthy)
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Adult Evening Classes (Monthly)
  • Wooden Angel Monthly Wine Tasting Series
  • Many Regional Country Clubs, Private Dining Clubs & Restaurants

Alex has Addressed the:

  • National Restaurant Association Annual Chicago Convention (2)
  • International Pinot Noir Celebration
  • Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Annual Meeting
  • American Wine Society - Keynote Speaker - Annual Conference 1991, Pgh, Pa.
  • American Wine Society - Keynote Speaker - 'Wine Service' 1997 Conference
  • Western Pennsylvania Restaurant Association
  • Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference (5)
  • Eastern Grape Grower Conference (2)
  • Vineyard and Winery Management Conference
  • Society for American Cuisine (3)
  • American Wine Expo - Dallas
  • Pennsylvania Winery Association Annual Conference 1984 & 1989
  • Commencement Speaker - Bidwell Culinary Trade School, Pittsburgh,Pa. 1988
  • Community College Hospitality Program 1993, Penn State University - Beaver, Spring 1990
  • National Sales Meeting: International Mill Service
  • PIO Wines and Spirits Pa State Sales Meeting
  • PA Wine Expo (Keynote 1995)
  • Various State and Local Fraternal, Civic and Business Organizations
  • Beaver County Food Expo (2)

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