Il Cortile Ristorante & La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant receive Wine Spectator’s 2018 Awards of Excellence

The only downtown Paso Robles restaurants to be honored, the awards mark the fifth consecutive win for Il Cortile and the second consecutive win for La Cosecha. 

July 9, 2018 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – Il Cortile Ristorante and La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant are proud to announce the world’s foremost wine publication, Wine Spectator, officially honored both Paso Robles restaurants with 2018 Awards of Excellence.  

The awards will be featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which hits newsstands Tuesday, July 17.
Each restaurant was lauded for their outstanding food quality, exciting dining and cocktail menus, elite service and, of course, their eclectic and thoughtful wine lists that offer a range of prices to encourage exploration. La Cosecha was also highlighted for its array of wines that are less than $50. 
“Our team is so humbled by this,” said Sommelier Carole MacDonal, wine director for each eatery, and co-owner with her husband Chef Santos MacDonal. “Every day, we all work so hard to deliver an exciting experience at our restaurants, so it’s also immensely gratifying to be recognized again.”
Il Cortile Ristorante has now won the Award of Excellence for five consecutive years – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant has won the Award of Excellence for two consecutive years – 2017 and 2018.
Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine restaurants in 1981.
“On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher,Wine Spectator.
The complete list of award winners is available in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 17, and online here.
These awards come on the heels of the restaurants’ newly-launched mobile catering service called The Truck. The Paso Robles food truck will allow Chef Santos MacDonal to stage intimate private dinners, pop-ups and receptions in the North County of San Luis Obispo, from the beaches to the vineyards.

About Il Cortile Ristorante

Il Cortile Ristorante is located in Paso Robles Wine Country, a top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather - the perfect pairing for Executive Chef Santos MacDonal’s rustic Italian cuisine. Owned and operated by Chef Santos and his wife Carole, the menus are seasonally inspired and created with the freshest ingredients. Chef Santos makes an array of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. The wine list, inspired by Chef Santos’ food, completes the dining experience. Visit Il Cortile Ristorante in downtown Paso Robles.

About La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant

Spanish for “the harvest,” La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant in Paso Robles is the second creation of celebrated Chef Santos MacDonal. Centering on the cuisine of Spain and South America, La Cosecha offers culture-specific, specialized Latin flavors by sourcing herbs and spices from each dish’s nation of origin, while taking advantage of the farmer’s market-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses of California’s abundant Central Coast. Owned and operated by Chef Santos and his wife Carole, the menus are seasonally inspired and created with the freshest ingredients. The restaurant also features a craft cocktail menu designed to make use of garden-fresh ingredients and locally-sourced artisanal spirits.
About The Truck
The Truck is a full service mobile catering company located in Paso Robles. Locally inspired and artfully directed by Chef Santos MacDonal, The Truck offers a wide range of menus for all occasions. To book The Truck, and for more information, please visit

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million 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 of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

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