Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has the Best Newcomer List in the UAE

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Dubai.
Andreas Grube
Published 29-January-2024
News / United Arab Emirates

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Dubai won four Gold Stars when Star Wine List of the Year UAE was celebrated on January 29. One of them was for Best Newcomer List, and the category was presented by DAOU.

"I’m still speechless, this is a great recognition for us and for the hard job that we do. We work with it every day, and we’re glad to be able to offer one of the best wine lists in Dubai to our guests. Hopefully we’ll continue to improve and be better and better," says Arturo Scamardella, head sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

Jury member Ben Kouider says this about the winning list:

”It is always thrilling to welcome a newcomer to the UAE, particularly one adept at exploring extensive wine regions while consistently delivering impressive wine quality. This reflects the elevated standards that have been set over the past decade. From the Old World to the New World, and even to the realms of still, bubbly, and fortified wines, every detail has been meticulously considered,"

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal also won Best California Wine List, Best Long List and the prestigious Grand Prix for best wine list overall.

The UAE awards is included in our 2023-2024 International tour and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is now qualified for the International final in June 2024.

The Silver Star winners in this category were:
City Social Dubai, Dubai
Fouquet’s, Dubai
Row on 45, Dubai
Soirée, 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:

The jury panel for Star Wine List of the Year UAE.

• 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.

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

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