By Amy L. Schubert Food Writer Published Aug 10, 2010 at 10:15 AM

For the eighth consecutive year, Milwaukee ChopHouse, located inside the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, has received Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence for an outstanding wine list. The award recognizes restaurants with wine lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

According to ChopHouse Executive Chef Brian Frakes, many restaurant patrons come to the restaurant specifically to peruse the impressive wine selections.

The ChopHouse is one of 2,880 restaurants nationwide, and one of only 10 Milwaukee restaurants to earn Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence in 2010, and is in good company with one other hotel restaurant, Smyth, of the Iron Horse Hotel.

Other Milwaukee recipients include Joe Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, Michele and Jeff Green's Bosley on Brady, Marc and Marta Bianchini's Indulge and Osteria del Mundo, Sandy and Angie D'Amato's Sanford, Sabor Brazilian Churrascaria, The Capital Grille, and the now closed Fratello's Waterfront Restaurant.

Bartolotta's Bacchus was the only Milwaukee restaurant to receive Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence in 2010, the publication's second-tier award which gives special recognition to restaurants that exceed Award of Excellence requirements by displaying vintage depth or excellent breadth across several regions.

Amy L. Schubert is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry and has worked in every aspect of bar and restaurant operations. A graduate of Marquette University (B.A.-Writing Intensive English, 1997) and UW-Milwaukee (M.A.-Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing, 2001), Amy still occasionally moonlights as a guest bartender and she mixes a mean martini.

The restaurant business seems to be in Amy’s blood, and she prides herself in researching and experimenting with culinary combinations and cooking techniques in her own kitchen as well as in friends’ restaurants. Both she and her husband, Scott, are avid cooks and “wine heads,” and love to entertain friends, family and neighbors as frequently as possible.

Amy and Scott live with their boys, Alex and Nick, in Bay View, where they are all very active in the community. Amy finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and passions for food and writing in her contributions to