Geranium in Copenhagen won Gold Star for Best California Wine List

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Andrea Roug Sala, Geranium; Michael Mobach, Louis M. Martini; Liora Levi, Star Wine List. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.
Andreas Grube
Published 24-June-2024

Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, was one of the big winners when Star Wine List International Final was celebrated in Stockholm on June 24. The restaurant won two Gold Stars – one of them Best California Wine List, presented by Louis M. Martini.

"Thank you so much, this was definitely not expected," said Geranium's Head Sommelier Andrea Roug Sala after the winner was announced and he received the Gold Star diploma on stage. "There are so many great Californian wine lists around the world, but this really shows the passion for California that our wine director Søren (Ledet, Editor's note) has."

”The list was exceptional overall, but when it came to the best Californian wines, it stood out even more. It offered something truly special compared to other lists, featuring remarkable verticals from top producers and an extensive selection that showcased the depth and quality of Californian winemaking. The thoughtfully curated range highlighted both established classics and innovative new entries,” said the jury’s Salvatore Castano about Geranium's winning list.

Geranium also won a Gold Star in the category Best Long List.

The Silver Star winners in the California category were:

Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin, Ireland
Terminus, Watou, Belgium
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Tauro Riga, Riga, Latvia
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai, UAE
Vignobles et Châteaux Wine Bar, Saint Emilion, France
The Vineyard at Stockcross, Newbury, UK
Eleven Madison Park, New York City, US
Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden
Restaurant Le Coureur des Bois, Beloeil, Canada
Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort, Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Napa Grill, Zürich, Switzerland
Sticks & Stones Winebar, Munich, Germany
Park 90, Singapore

The Star Wine List of the Year tour 2023-2024 started in South Africa in September 2023 and has passed through Asia, Europe and North America on its way to the final Stockholm. All in all, 14 events have been held, from Hong Kong to New York and Dubai to Vienna.

Finalists from 20 countries – from some of the most renowned restaurants in the world – and well over 100 international guests travelled to Stockholm to be a part of the celebration on June 24. The awards in Stockholm was held during a full-day event for finalists, partners and media. Wine lovers from around the world could join the live-streamed event on Star Wine List’s Facebook page.


The jury panel.

The jury of our international final was filled with sommelier champions:

• Salvatore Castano, ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa

• Arvid Rosengren, ASI Best Sommelier of the World
• Marc Almert, Asi Best Sommelier of the World
• Heidi Mäkinen MW

”Overall, we were presented with incredible wine lists to evaluate, each demonstrating an impressive level of quality. The high standard across the board made our task particularly challenging, as each list brought something unique and outstanding to the table, reflecting the passion and expertise of their curators,” said Salvatore Castano of the jury work.

Categories and criteria

Star Wine List's jury evaluates the wine lists in several categories such as the Best Sparkling Wine List and Best By the Glass List. The criteria for the jury are straightforward but not simple: 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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