When visiting Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key, it's easy to enjoy great food paired with a flavorful wine.

Six restaurants from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach earned Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence recently. Only 18 restaurants in Alabama earned the recognition!

Wine Spectator's annual awards recognize restaurants around the world that offer the best wine programs.

The list includes 3,595 restaurants from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style, according to Wine Spectator. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

Winners on the Gulf Coast include Bill’s by the Beach at 300 West Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores; Cobalt, The Restaurant at 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach; Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar at 25753 Canal Road in Orange Beach; Sunset Cork Room at 225 East 16th Ave. in Gulf Shores; Villaggio Grille at The Wharf at Orange Beach, 4790 Wharf Parkway; and Voyagers at 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach.

Stay near one of these winners in a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation rental.