The best Californian wine lists in the UK 2021

Here is the guide to the best spots in the UK to drink California wine. These venues were all finalists in UK Star Wine List of the Year 2021. Check out all the venues and the winning wine lists!

  1. Presented by The California Wine Institute

    California Wine Institute is an association of 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses that initiate and advocate public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.

  2. Phone: +44 1635 528770

    Address: Stockcross, Newbury

    California Wine List of the Year UK, presented by The California Wine Institute 2021

    A wine-focused (even themed) Relais & Chateaux country house hotel in Berkshire, famous for its cellar of over 30,000 bottles. Owned by Sir Peter Micheal, who has over the years invested in a premium vineyard holding in northern California (Sonoma Coast, Knights Valley and Napa). The main hotel restaurant is classic fine dining, using the best of seasonal British ingredients.

  3. Phone: +44 20 3937 5086

    Address: 92 Kensington Park Rd, London

    California Wine List of the Year UK, presented by The California Wine Institute 2021

    Core by Clare Smyth has achieved a lot after its opening in August 2017, including being awarded two stars from the Michelin Guide. The menu offers a la carte and a short and long tasting menu with optional wine pairings of 100ml per course. One of South Africa’s (and beyond) best sommeliers, Gareth Ferreira, is behind the wine list. It has more than 400 bins covering the most important wine regions around the World and a generous number of wines by the glass, allowing the sommeliers to offer varied and exciting options with your tasting menu. If you´re seeking a top fine-dining experience in...

  4. Phone: +44 20 7201 3833

    Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London

    Austrian Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Austrian wine 2021

    Dinner by Heston is the two Michelin starred restaurant in the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. The menu is a twist on the more common ’classic fine dining with a modern edge’ by being ‘modern fine dining with a historical edge’ – each dish annotated by the decade/century from which it originated, reinventing and updating food fashions from as far back as the 1700’s. The interior is slick and professional with plenty of 5-star warmth. The overall experience marries posh with playful; it’s original yet comfortingly accessible.

  5. Phone: +44 20 7290 7600

    Address: 8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London

    New Zealand Wine List of the Year UK, presented by New Zealand wine 2021

    Pollen Street Social is the flagship restaurant of the Social group in London, located in Mayfair. Pollen Street Social describes itself as a contemporary bistro with a relaxed fine dining atmosphere. The cuisine is modern and creative European and the wine list at Pollen Street Social follows suit. It’s extensive and offers an impressive by the glass selection – over 50 wines, sake, sweet, fortifies and sparkling all served in different measures between 75ml, 125ml and 175ml – so plenty to suit all budgets and taste buds.

  6. Phone: +44 20 7107 8848

    Address: Claridge’s, Brook Street, Mayfair, London

    Rhône Wine List of the Year UK, presented by Côtes du Rhône 2021

    Daniel (Eleven Madison Park) Humm’s new restaurant in Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. Pared-back, chic and contemporary interior. Along with the food – top quality, modern fine dining with a dusting of comfort – everything exudes a polished but relaxed luxury.

  7. Phone: +44 20 3146 8666

    Address: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London

    New Zealand Wine List of the Year UK, presented by New Zealand wine 2021

    Hide is a restaurant and bar by the awe-inspiring wine shop Hedonism and chef Ollie Dabbous. Set over three floors, flooded with natural daylight and enjoying views across Green Park, Hide serves creative, contemporary and seasonal food in a warm yet visually striking space. Open every day from breakfast through to dinner, including afternoon tea, the menu is accompanied by Hedonism’s incomparable wine list. The sommelier team has compiled a concise wine list of wines from all over the world, with a large selection of accessibly priced bottles and wines by the glass. Should you want to dig de...