Star Wine List's wine list competition has been a success in the Nordic countries. Now Star Wine List of the Year will be held around the World. And a Global Final will be held in Vienna in May 2021, in partnership with Austrian Wine.
The winners in each country and category will be invited to the Global Final in Vienna in May 2021 – where, the best wine lists in the world will be crowned.
“Moreover, the winners of the category ‘Best Austrian Wine List’ in each country will get an all-inclusive trip to Vienna for the Global Final and VieVinum in May 2021!”, says Chris Yorke, CEO at AWMB.
The first two competitions will take place in Finland on August 31 and Denmark on September 1, the other countries, dates and cities are still being decided. Any updates will be posted on the website of Star Wine List of the Year.
“We welcome partners in the wine trade to work with us to build and support the sommelier and restaurant communities. Especially after the tough times they have been experiencing,” Krister Bengtsson of Star Wine List emphasises the competition’s aim.
Best Austrian Wine List by country
Newcomer is the home, shop and wine bar of Newcomer Wines, an importer of largely new wave Austrian wine producers, peppered with a few from Germany, Switzerland and France. The drink in and takeaway list is fleshed out further with wines from other importers.
The interior and set up is functional and low key, with a small patio garden space for al fresco drinking when the British weather allows. They serve top quality cheese and charcuterie style snacks and often have guest chefs hosting dinners or cooking for a stint.
Very strong Austrian selection, specifically the new wave, natural and terroir-focused producers.
5 Dalston Lane, London | www.newcomerwines.com
Robuchon au Dôme
When you take the elevator up to the 41st floor of Grand Lisboa Hotel and step out, you can immediately see the 19th century Steinway Grand Piano with this stunning Austrian crystal chandelier above. The cuisine is traditional French, and besides signature dishes like foie gras with roasted guinea fowl or the Kagoshima beef, there are also many other highlights such as the bread, cheese and dessert trolley.
The wine list is indeed a magnificent one, actually the most extensive collection in Asia, carrying around 17,000 different wine labels. There are some great value old vintages, and rare or limited bottles to be found.
Happolati is a modern restaurant with a fun Asian inspired menu based on seasonal produce. The dining room feels light and open, and the elegant furniture balances the art of being trendy, yet comfortable and warm. Head Sommelier, Simon Zimmermann, offers a varied wine list with emphasis on classical areas like Germany, Austria, France and the US. For a few producers and geographical areas, Happolati’s wine list goes into great depth, while also showing a playful interest in other areas.
Sankt Olavs Plass 2, 0165 Oslo | www.happolati.no
Geranium is the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Denmark and with Chef Rasmus Kofoed in the kitchen, you are set for an experience. Rasmus Kofoed is the only chef in the world who has received bronze, silver and gold at Bocuse D’Or. The restaurant is situated on the 8th floor in Fælledparken (Common Gardens) in the center of Copenhagen. The wine list of Geranium has its own legacy driven by Sommelier and General Manager Søren Ledet. Geranium offers several wine pairings with names like “Heart & Soil” and “Classic & Appellation” but do not forget to browse the wine list here before you go, it is over 100 pages long, has some serious verticals and of course the best Austrian wine list in Denmark.
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8. Sal, 2100 Copenhagen | www.geranium.dk
This legendary establishment in Helsinki opened in 1937 and is considered to be one of the top-notch restaurants in Helsinki. The restaurant is located on the 8th floor in the middle of Helsinki, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the town while eating one of Savoys’s classical dishes or a more modern version of what the kitchen has to offer. Savoy is truly a piece of culinary history where you can enjoy both high-end food, and a wide range of wines above the rooftops of Helsinki. Sommelier Aleksi Mehtonen and his team are carefully curating this highly regarded Helsinki wine list. The list focuses mainly on European classics but also contains a few well-known new world producers.
Eteläesplanadi 14, Helsinki | www.savoyhelsinki.fi
Austrian Wine: Carmen Augschöll, Teamleader Markets International
Star Wine List: Krister Bengtsson