Talking Stick’s Orange Sky Restaurant Earns Wine Spectator 2023 Best of Award of Excellence


SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Talking Stick Resort’s upscale fine-dining restaurant Orange Sky has again received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. This marks the sixth consecutive year Orange Sky and its expansive wine list has been recognized with the award.

“Orange Sky is a true culinary adventure. With our inspired dishes, ethereal 360° views and passionate staff, we strive to make every guest visit magical,” said Ramon Martinez, Director of Public Relations for Talking Stick Resort. “Our cuisine is culturally rooted, and thanks to our wine sommelier, it is expertly paired wines from all regions. This recognition is affirmation that we remain on the right rack, providing offerings that continue to resonate with guests.”

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This year, Orange Sky was one among 1,411 restaurants to receive the Best of Award of Excellence accolade in 2023. The wine list has won Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” from 2011-2015, and the “Best of Award of Excellence” from 2016-2023 for being one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world. As an award recipient, the gourmet eatery will be featured in Wine Spectator’s Aug. 31 edition.

To qualify for a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, a restaurant’s wine list must display excellent breadth across multiple wine-growing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.

The wine list at Orange Sky features a selection of over 450 bottles and 30 wines by the glass, with a strength in California, French, and Italian wines. A dramatic, glass wine room displays more than 100 of its white wine selections in a temperature-controlled environment of 42 degrees, while red wines are stored at 56 degrees in hand-crafted, cedar wood wine racks enclosing the sommelier table. All of Orange Sky’s wines are served in lead crystal glassware, fitting to the varietal.