• Star Wine List announces best restaurant wine lists in the world

    Star Wine List held the International final of Star Wine List of the Year in London last week and the chance for sommeliers and restaurateurs to travel from all over the world to take part in the first live international final since the pandemic. Hosted by Star Wine List founder, Krister Bengtsson and ambassador manager Liora Levi, it was a chance to find out who had come out top from the winners of the previous seven competitions in separate countries in Europe and Australia. The Buyer partnered with Star Wine List for the UK Wine List awards in February. 

    Star Wine List held the International final of Star Wine List of the Year in London last week and the chance for sommeliers and restaurateurs to travel from all over the world to take part in the first live international final since the pandemic. Hosted by Star Wine List founder, Krister Bengtsson and ambassador manager Liora Levi, it was a chance to find out who had come out top from the winners of the previous seven competitions in separate countries in Europe and Australia. The Buyer partnered with Star Wine List for the UK Wine List awards in February. 

    mm By June 21, 2022

    Two of London’s top restaurants – Trivet and Wild Corner – won Gold stars in the International Final of the Star Wine List. 

    Over the last year Star Wine List has been holding its national finals and picking out the best wine restaurants in cities and countries around the word. In February The Buyer was able to team up with Star Wine List to hold the second UK Wine List of the Year Awards at the Winemakers Club.

    Last week it was the turn of all the winners of the seven country finals to come to London for the Star Wine List International Final held at Black Book in Soho. An opportunity also for some of the world’s leading sommeliers and restaurateurs to come together to meet, network and share ideas.

    The Star Wine List International Final was held at London’s Black Book (All photos by Thomas Skovsende)

    In the end it was Norway that was to come out top winning three of the seven overall awards: Park Hotel Vossevangen won the Grand Prix for large wine lists. Territoriet in Oslo won Best By the Glass List (a shared Gold) and Best Sparkling List with Nyetimber was won by Skigaarden. But the UK was not too far behind with two Gold winners of its own – Trivet and Wild Corner.

    Ronan Sayburn MS and panel judge for the International Final said: “It’s been a real pleasure being able look through such a diverse set of lists from across the globe. Some real thought and careful selections shine through on some of the smaller lists while eye watering investments and stunning verticals come through on the larger ones. Wine lists shift and change as wines are sold and vintages change, but the passion and philosophy of the sommelier and wine buyer is still evident in a well-constructed list.”

    Jury member and leading sommelier, Pascaline Lepeltier, described Trivet’s wine list as:  “An exploration of the wine world as rarely seen, inviting to discover so many regions, producers and varieties while connecting to the fabulous history of our favorite beverages.”

    Paz Levinson, sommelier and jury member said of the overall Grand Prix winner: “Park Hotel has a superb collection of wines that makes tribute to the world of fine wine. From the wines by the glass with and incredible choice of vintages and counties and the Champagne selection containing big and small houses. A huge collective work as to have a cellar like this means such a massive investment and engagement with the world of wine by the owner but also sommeliers in charge.”

    On being joint winner of the Best by the Glass award Wild Corner’s Daniel Mihai Popescu said: “I’m super excited, very humble and very emotional at the same time for being a part of this competition, and with all the people that are working in this industry. And for you guys, doing such a great job organising this. It’s just crazy for us, after being open for just four months. It’s just unbelievable.”

    The other winners went to Finland, Sweden and Denmark with one winner each: Vin-Vin, Heaven 23 and Terroiristen respectively. Austrian Wine and Nyetimber were category sponsors.

    Winners

    Grand Prix

    The best large wine list, with more than 600 references.

    Finalists:
    Restaurant Muru, Helsinki, Finland
    Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Park Hotel, Voss, Norway
    Ten Minutes by Tractor, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
    Les 110 de Taillevent, London, UK
    PM & Vänner, Växjö, Sweden
    Die Weinbank, Ehrenhausen, Austria
    Savoy, Helsinki, Finland

    Winner:

     Park Hotel, Voss, Norway

     

    Best Medium-Sized List

    The best wine list with 200-600 listings.

    Finalists:
    Palace, Helsinki, Finland
    Brace, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Monopole, Sydney, Australia
    Trivet, London, UK
    Brat, London, UK
    Julie, Malmö, Sweden
    Reznicek, Vienna, Austria
    Carelia, Helsinki, Finland

    Winner:
    Trivet, London, UK

    Best By the Glass List

    Finalists:
    Vinho, Turku, Finland
    Bar’Vin, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Territoriet, Oslo, Norway
    Ten Minutes by Tractor, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
    Wild Corner, London, UK
    Operakällaren, Stockholm, Sweden
    Heunisch & Erben, Vienna, Austria

    Winners:
    Territoriet, Oslo, Norway
    Wild Corner, London, UK

    Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber

    Finalists:
    Restaurant Muru, Helsinki, Finland
    Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Skigaarden, Hemsedal, Norway
    Lucinda, Hobart, Australia
    Les 110 de Taillevent, London, UK
    PM & Vänner, Växjö, Sweden
    Palais Coburg – Silvio Nickol, Vienna, Austria

    Winner:
    Skigaarden, Hemsedal, Norway

     

    Special Jury Prize

    Recognizes a venue that has done something out of the ordinary.

    Finalists:
    Restaurant Muru, Helsinki, Finland
    Terroiristen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Bar Rochford, Canberra, Australia
    Levan, London, UK
    Hörte Brygga, Skivarp, Sweden
    MAST Weinbistro, Vienna, Austria
    Restaurant C, Tampere, Finland

    Winner:
    Terroiristen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Best Short List

    The best wine list with fewer than 200 listings

    – Recognizes the best list with up to 200 references

    Finalists:
    Vin-Vin, Helsinki, Finland
    Amass, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Planque, London, UK
    Combo Vinbaren, Stockholm, Sweden
    O Boufés, Vienna, Austria
    Baskeri & Basso, Helsinki, Finland

    Winner:
    Vin-Vin, Helsinki, Finland

     

    Best Austrian Wine List,  presented by Austrian Wine.

    The category is presented by Austrian Wine

    Finalists:
    Palace, Helsinki, Finland
    Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Happolati, Oslo, Norway
    Laura, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
    Newcomer Wines, London, UK
    Heaven 23, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Winner:
    Heaven 23, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Star Wine List is the award-winning wine guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants. Started in Sweden in 2017, it is now live in more than 30 countries. The mission of Star Wine List of the Year is to highlight great wine lists and the teams behind them. For the second international tour held over the last 12 months, Star Wine List has celebrated in Denmark, Finland, Austria, Australia, UK, Sweden and Norway.

    The jury for the Star Wine List of the Year International Final included four of the most renowned sommeliers in the world: Raimonds Tomsons in Riga, Paz Levinson in Paris, Pascaline Lepeltier based in New York and Ronan Sayburn MS from 67 Pall Mall in London.

    • To find our more about see all the wine lists featured around the world go to www.starwinelist.com

     

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