Star Wine List of the Year is teaming up with the Norwegian Sommelier Association and Kapital magazine to celebrate the great wine lists of Norway. On 9 November, the winners of "Norges Beste Vinkart" will be announced. Several category winners will be invited to the Global Final in Vienna in May 2021.
The Norwegian Sommelier Association and business magazine Kapital have run the wine list competition Norges Beste Vinkart successfully for several years.
Since this is the first time Star Wine List is cooperating with Norges Beste Vinkart, there will be some changes from how Star Wine List of the Year is usually conducted:
Star Wine List venues in Norway should send their wine lists to Kapital to enter the competition, no later than 25 October (see more info on competition website).
There are seven regular categories in Norges Beste Vinkart, with Star Wine List of the Year names within parenthesis: Norges Beste Vinkart (Grand Prix), Beste "Lille" Vinkart (Short Wine List), Folkets favoritt, Vinmeny, Årets Nykommer, Beste Champagne/Musserende vinliste, Beste Vinkart - Vin på glass (By the Glass).
In addition to these seven categories - Star Wine List's regular international sommelier jury will decide the Best Austrian Wine List category, in cooperation with Austrian Wine.
Of the seven regular categories, the winners of Grand Prix, Short Wine List and By the Glass will qualify for the Global Final of Star Wine List of the Year in Vienna in May, hosted by Austrian Wine. This includes entry to Vievinum afterwards.
The winner of the Best Austrian Wine List category will be invited all-inclusive with hotel and flights.
On Monday 9 November the winners will be announced in Oslo - and in all our channels.
The jury for Norges Beste Vinkart: Rune Rake, Heidi Iren Hansen MW, Tone Veseth and Trond Erling Pettersen.
THE STAR WINE LIST JURY
The jury for the Best Austrian Wine List category is five renowned international sommeliers with tons of competitions on their resumés:
• Arvid Rosengren
ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2016 and partner of Star Wine List, Arvid Rosengren returns to the jury duties after also having been part of the jury for Star Wine List of the Year in Sweden earlier this year. Arvid Rosengren is based in New York and heads up the wine program at the restaurant Legacy Records.
• Paz Levinson
Argentinian top sommelier Paz Levinson is based in France, where she oversees the wine program for the entire Pic restaurant group. An experienced competitor, Paz Levinson has won the Best Sommelier of Argentina and Americas.
• Pascaline Lepeltier
The influential and New York-based Lepeltier is managing partner and sommelier at Racines in Manhattan. She is also the Best Sommelier of France 2018 and has also won the prestigious title Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
• Marc Almert
Marc Almert is the current 2019 ASI Best Sommelier of the World. Marc is from Germany but is currently Head Sommelier at Baur-au-lac in Zurich, Switzerland.
• Raimonds Tomsons
Raimonds Tomsons is the ruling ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa. Tomsons is the head sommelier at restaurant Vincents in Riga, Latvia.
• Lu Yang
Lu Yang is the first and currently only Chinese Master Sommelier. He is based in Hong Kong as the consulting Wine Director at the Shangri-La hotels and resorts.
The jury votes independently for their favourites, considering width, depth, originality and value. The aggregate score then decides the finalists and the winner.
For more info in Norwegian, please check out: