Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, won Best Sparkling Wine List

Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Andreas Grube
Published 19-June-2023

On 19 June, Star Wine List of the Year International Final was celebrated for the third time during a live event in Stockholm, Sweden. Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, US, won a Gold Star in the Best Sparkling Wine List category, presented by Nyetimber.

”Thank you very much, we really appreciate it. The wine list has always been focusing on sparkling wine, and I thank the many previous wine directors who have put their heart and soul in the list,” says Daniel Congbalay, Head Sommelier at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

"It is a highly original list with beautiful pictures, handwriting design. It requires a lot of work to create such an eye-catching list. Very cool and well done!" says jury member Reeze Choi about the winning list.

Nina Højgaard Jensen & Reeze Choi (jury members) and Liora Levi & Arvid Rosengren (Star Wine List).

In 2022, Star Wine List once again launched its coveted international awards program, the third annual Star Wine List of the Year awards. In a number of significant wine markets, from London to New York to Sweden and beyond, a prestigious jury has convened to judge the best wine lists in that city or country.

The silver medalists in the sparkling category were:

Alchemist, Copenhagen, Denmark
Skigaarden, Hemsedal, Norway
Aubergine, Cape Town, South Africa
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth, Australia
Les 110 de Taillevent, London, UK
Nobelhart und Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany
Operakällaren, Stockholm, Sweden
Carelia, Helsinki, Finland
Ensue, Shenzhen, Greater China

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 the awards. In addition, local categories may be added.

We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, 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 jury panel.

The criteria for the jury are straightforward but not so simple: Vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.


Reeze Choi, Third Best Sommelier of the World 2023 (ASI)
Paz Levinson, Best Sommelier of Americas 2015
Pascaline Lepeltier, Best Sommelier of France 2018
Ronan Sayburn MS, CEO, Court of Master Sommeliers Europe

Read about the terms and how Star Wine List judges the wine lists here.

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