When Star Wine List celebrated the best wine lists in the UAE and the teams behind them for the first time on January 29, Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab in Dubai was awarded a Gold Star for Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber.
"It’s definitely a section we’ve been working on quite a bit. The whole grower Champagne movement is something that is close to my heart. We went hard on that section and I think it definitely enhances the wine list," says Samuel Lacroix, wine director at Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab.
Jury member Paz Levinson says this about the winning list:
"It was a pleasure to read a such complete Champagne and sparkling section in a wine list of Dubai. This list has the main historical houses besides great vignerons. The cuvees choices are very precise and there are many back vintages and different formats of iconic references."
The UAE awards is included in our 2023-2024 International tour and Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab is now qualified for the International final in June 2024.
The Silver Star winners in this category were:
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
Nobu Dubai, Dubai
Ristorante L'Olivo at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Zuma Dubai, Dubai
The jury for the first Star Wine List of the Year competition in the UAE included an amazing line-up of esteemed wine experts:
• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Piotr Pietras, Master Sommelier
• Paz Levinson, named Best Sommelier of Americas
• Ben Kouider, Champagne expert and educator based in UAE
Categories and criteria
Star Wine List judges the wine lists in several categories such as the Best Sparkling Wine List and Best By the Glass List. These categories are the same across all of our awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, which is presented by Austrian Wine. The commercial partners are, however, never involved in the selections of finalists or winners — that is completely up to our independent judging panel.
The criteria for the jury is straightforward but not simple: to vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.
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