On Apr. 3, Sweden’s best wine lists are celebrated during a live event in Stockholm. The category Best California Wine List is presented by California Wines.
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”We believe that California Wines is a great match to Star Wine List. We are both putting a lot of support in the on-trade sector to assist restaurants, hotels and wine bars serving great wines. We are proud to be a part of this award and the Sweden Sommelier Championship,” says Rachelle Colldahl, Nordics Manager for California Wines.
California Wines presented the Californian category when Star Wine List of the Year was held the last time as well, in 2020. Rachelle Colldahl says that California continues to grow in popularity in Sweden:
”We see more wines appearing on the wine lists in Sweden. We are super excited to see the variety on the menu, from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. But also from unknown AVA’s (regions) there is still a lot to be discovered.”
What do you want to see coming through on the competing wine lists?
”We would like to see a combination of classic California and diversity in varietals and regions that represents California’s diverse landscape, climate, people, and wines. California has 5,900 wine grape growers and over 110 wine grape varieties with more than 80% of California’s wine being produced in a Certified California Sustainable Winery.”
What do you hope your engagement in the competition will bring?
”Although we are the fourth largest producer in the world and a big exporter, we value each market and its guests as if they were the only one. It is truly special to enthuse so many people in Sweden as they discover California Wines.”
Anything you want to add?
”We look forward to our second Annual California Wine Weeks taking place this June throughout Europe. In Sweden, we will have 50 restaurants featuring California Wines by the glass and bottle with some offering creative food pairings.”