Riga, Latvia

Barents Wine List

About Barents

Barents is a new and exciting project to arrive on Riga’s fine dining scene, created by wine and food lovers who really know and understand fine dining and the importance of creating a welcoming ambience. As the name suggests, the menu at Barents focuses heavily on the best seasonal seafood from cool waters with minimalistic cooking, but also includes some meat dishes such as venison to keep the carnivores happy. Headed up by innovative chef Dzintars Kristovskis, Barents offers the choice of either an à la carte or a tasting menu. The restaurant has an open kitchen, and for those who want to see the culinary action close up, the chef's table is a must. And don’t forget to check out Barents’ Seafood & Cocktail bar next door, with its excellent selection of delicacies, snacks and quick bites for a more laid-back vibe, complemented by a concise wine list and top-quality cocktails​.

(Raimonds Tomsons, Wine Director at Barents, is also Star Wine List's ambassador in Riga, Editor's note.)

About the Barents Wine List

The wine programme is managed by two young and passionate sommeliers – Ņikita Zaičenkovs and Linda Karpenko, with the list including carefully curated up-and-coming producers and rising stars, as well as well-established classics, mostly from France, Italy and Spain. There is a strong accent on German and Austrian wines, with larger formats and older vintages as well. Barents also has a fine grower Champagne list including many big-hitters. Most of the wines are directly sourced from the producer’s cellar doors, guaranteeing quality and adding a personal touch to the whole wine experience. Barents tasting menu is complemented by a sommeliers’ wine pairing, and they also have a great BTG offering and compact wine list in the neighbouring bar.

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  • With a great selection from sparkling to sweet wines the Barents list plays honours to Austrian wine said Paz Levinson on Barents' Gold Star win in the Best Austrian Wine List in both Latvia and the Baltics. We can see the selection through the eye of the Best Sommelier of the World Raimonds Tomsons and we find natural this long-term connection between producers and a great sommelier always seeking to quality and personality.

  • Thought-out, soulful wine list with great balance when it comes to producers and prices," said Piotr Pietras on Barents triumph in the Best Medium Sized Wine List category, Latvia and Baltics 2023. Lovely grower Champagne selection and top Austrian section.

  • Well-balanced, beautiful selection of renowned growers and top Grandes Marques, said Piotr Pietras, commenting on Barents' win in the Best Sparkling List, Latvia, 2023

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Wine team

  • Ņikita Zaičenkovs
    Head Sommelier
  • Linda Karpenko
  • Raimonds Tomsons
    Wine Director
  • Dzintars Kristovskis

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