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Malliouhana Receives Wine Spectator Grand Award   Site Map   Click to enlarge pictures

Wine in Anguilla! A top wine publication, Wine Spectator, has awarded Anguilla's Malliouhana Hotel with its Grand Award. Malliouhana's restaurant joins only 81 other restaurants world wide which have received the award.

The hotel's wine cellar has 25,000 bottles and 1150 different kinds of wind which were chosen almost entirely by hotel founder Leon Roydon and sommelier Albert Lake Jr. Mr Roydon credits the 41-year old Lake, who has been with the hotel since it opened, with much of the success of their wine program.

"I had an interest in wine from my first day at Malliouhana", Lake explains, "and I realized that there was nobody on Anguilla that was serious about learning about wines, so I saw it as a career opportunity. ... Once my 9 to 5 was over then I went home and studied. A lot of guests provided me with books, but I've also spent about $75,000 in developing my skills. I owe a lot as well to Mr. Roydon and the support of the Malliouhana for my training."

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