• Finalist venues in the UK Wine List of the Year 2022 revealed

    Drum roll please…The finalists in the second UK Wine List of the Year Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, are out. The restaurants and bars that will now go through to the ceremony on February 21 at the Winemakers Club in London to find out the overall winners in the separate wine list categories. Here are the venues that caught the judges’ attention in what is the the second edition of the UK Wine List Awards.

    Drum roll please…The finalists in the second UK Wine List of the Year Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, are out. The restaurants and bars that will now go through to the ceremony on February 21 at the Winemakers Club in London to find out the overall winners in the separate wine list categories. Here are the venues that caught the judges’ attention in what is the the second edition of the UK Wine List Awards.

    mm By February 11, 2022

    The finalists in the UK Wine List of the Year from The Buyer and Star Wine List are chosen by a panel of leading award-winning sommeliers. Here are the venues that have made it to the final stage.

    The UK Wine List Awards were set up by Star Wine List and The Buyer to celebrate and shine the spotlight on those restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels that have made wine a key part of their offer. In fact, so much so that some have become destination venues in their own right just for the wines that are on their lists.

    Venues that are willing to go the extra mile to work with their suppliers, or, in many cases go direct to producers in order to find the exact right wines and winemakers that are right for their customers and the food and offer they want to present.

    The UK awards are part of a wider global competition organised by Star Wine List whose founder Krister Bengtsson looked to partner with The Buyer when launching the UK event for the first time in 2021.

    Krister Bengtsson, founder of Star Wine List, linked up with The Buyer to co-host the UK version of its global Wine List awards

    The overall Star Wine List of the Year competition started in the Nordics back in 2018, to celebrate the great wine lists and the teams behind them. In 2021 the event travelled virtually, and in person, to 10 markets across Asia and Europe. The 2022 awards have so far featured Finland, Denmark, Australia and Norway. Now it is the time for the UK.

    Bengtsson says: ”We are excited to once again team up with The Buyer to celebrate the great wine lists of the UK and look forward to meeting people in person again.”

    Richard Siddle, editor-in-chief of The Buyer, adds: “It’s been great to work in partnership with Krister and the Star Wine List team in order to provide the platform on which the best wine venues in the UK can shine. We are delighted to be able to reveal our finalists for the 2022 awards and would like to thank everyone who entered. Making it to the shortlist of these awards – considering the competition – is an achievement in itself.”

    In person event

    Due to covid the inaugural awards were held online but in 2022 we all be able to meet in person in order to recognise and then reward the best wine venues in the UK. Thanks go to the Winemakers Club in Farringdon, north London for hosting the even on February 21.

    (Click here to watch the recording of the 2021 UK Wine List of the Year Awards)

    The awards are also made possible by our category partners so thanks goes to: Wines of Germany; New Zealand Winegrowers; Louis.M. Martini; Austrian Wine; and Matteo Lupi Wines.

    We would also like to thank our judging panel, chaired by Ruth Spivey, UK ambassador for Star Wine List, made up of the following award-winning sommeliers:

    • Salvatore Castano, Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2021 
    • Arvid Rosengren, 2016 Best Sommelier of the Word
    • Raimonds Tomsons, wine director of Barents Wine Collectors & Co-Founder at WineTeach
    • Rajat Parr, sommelier and winemaker. 

    Jury member Rajat Parr says that he has been impressed with the level of wine lists for the event: “The UK is a very interesting place, and especially London. There’s such a great mix of wines here. London has everything: classics and more modern wines. It is very nice to see.”

    Each of the category winners will receive a gold certificate and an individual prize from the category partner. The winners of the main international categories will qualify to take part in the International Final of Star Wine List of the Year in June 2022.

    Here are all the categories and the shortlists for the 2022 awards.

    International Categories

    Grand Prix
    The best wine list with more than 600 references.

    Finalists:

    • Core by Clare Smyth, London
    • La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials, London
    • Les 110 de Taillevent, London
    • Noble Rot, London
    • Noble Rot Soho, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

    Best Austrian Wine List

    The category is sponsored by Austrian Wine

    Finalists:

    • Newcomer Wines, London
    • Pollen Street Social, London
    • The Black Bull, Sedbergh
    • Trivet, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

    Best By the Glass List

    Finalists:

    • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton
    • Les 110 de Taillevent, London
    • Moor Hall, Aughton
    • Noble Rot, London
    • Noble Rot Soho, London
    • Wild Corner, London

    Best Sparkling Wine List

    Finalists:

    • Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
    • Chiltern Firehouse, London
    • La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials, London
    • Les 110 de Taillevent, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

    Special Jury Prize
    Recognises a venue that has done something extra with their wine list, such as the direction, the style or the value.

    Finalists:

    • Bar Crispin, London
    • Core by Clare Smyth, London
    • La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials, London
    • Levan, London
    • Sager + Wilde Hackney Rd, London
    • The Black Bull, Sedbergh
    • Trivet, London

    Best Short List
    Recognises the best wine list with fewer than 200 listings.

    Finalists:

    • Fare Bar + Canteen, London
    • Hunan, London
    • Levan, London
    • Planque, London
    • Wild Corner, London

    Best Medium-Sized List
    Recognizes the best wine list with 200-600 references.

    The category is presented by Matteo Lupi Wines

    Finalists:

    • Brat, London
    • Cabotte, London
    • Newcomer Wines, London
    • Noizé, London
    • Sager + Wilde Hackney Rd, London
    • The Five Fields Restaurant, London
    • Trivet, London

    UK Categories

    The UK Categories are held especially for the UK event.

    Best German Wine List

    The category is presented by Wines of Germany

    Finalists:

    • Chez Bruce, London
    • Core by Clare Smyth, London
    • Noble Rot, London
    • Noble Rot Soho, London
    • Pollen Street Social, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

    Best California Wine List
    Recognises the best list with Californian wines.

    The category is presented by Louis M. Martini

    Finalists:

    • Chiltern Firehouse, London
    • China Tang at The Dorchester, London
    • Core by Clare Smyth, London
    • Pollen Street Social, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

    Best New Zealand Wine List

    The category is presented by New Zealand Wine

    Finalists:

    • China Tang at The Dorchester, London
    • City Social, London
    • Hide, London
    • Pollen Street Social, London
    • Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury

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