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BALEEN Restaurant Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2016

NAPLES, Fla., October 25, 2016 – BALEEN Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant and bar at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort specializing in Floribbean coastal cuisine with exquisite views, announced it has been honored for its outstanding wine program with the Award of Excellence in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Wine Awards list. The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants with wine lists that feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style, to satisfy discerning wine lovers. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine enthusiasts.

"Receiving the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is a true testament to the emphasis our food and beverage team places on serving the finest wines to our guests," said Marco Perry, managing director of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. "The wine list provides a multitude of options that pair harmoniously with the restaurant’s Floribbean cuisine that can be enjoyed while watching the colorful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico."

Featuring more than 1,000 wines by the bottle, and 43 choices by the glass, the wines included on BALEEN Restaurant’s menu hail from around the world, including the acclaimed regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany, Mosel, Napa, Willamette Valley, Walla Walla Valley and beyond. The restaurant’s food & beverage staff, including certified sommeliers, taste new wines and vintages frequently and are available to help diners choose wines based on their palettes and entrée choices.

Also recently touted as Gulfshore Life Magazine’s #1 “Best Restaurant for Waterfront Dining” in Southwest Florida, BALEEN Restaurant is situated directly adjacent to the resort’s private beach with spectacular views and perfect for toes-in-the-sand dining. Specializing in Floribbean coastal cuisine, the menu emphasizes gourmet items, such as the Seafood Platter Royale, Blackened Gulf Grouper, Seared Sea Scallops, and its famous Key Lime Pie with Vanilla Orange Whipped Cream.

Wine Spectator began its initiative of recognizing the world’s best wine lists in 1981. The complete list of award winners is available in Wine Spectator’s August 2016 print issue and online at the newly minted, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the new Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps and choices based on wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more.

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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 Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
Nestled on the picturesque beachfront in Naples overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is the ultimate vacation destination for locals and travelers alike. The resort boasts 189 guest rooms and eight suites; a 4,500 square foot SpaTerre with salon and spa services; a state-of-the-art fitness center with rotating classes; beach butler service; private poolside cabanas with cold towel and sorbet service; BALEEN Restaurant and Tiki Bar; sophisticated meeting and event spaces, and much more. For more information about LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, visit

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts
A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning across the U.S. From luxury resorts in San Diego, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. to Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating more than 40 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance. For more information, visit or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877.NOBLE.TRIP.