Geranium in Copenhagen won Best Long List in the International Final

Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Andrea Roug Sala, Geranium; Grégory Joannes, Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné; Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List; Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.
Andreas Grube
Published 24-June-2024
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Fine dining restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark, won the Gold Star in the Best Long List category when Star Wine List of the Year International Final was celebrated on June 24. The category was presented by Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Finalists from 20 countries joined the celebrations in Stockholm.

"Thank you so much. Around five years ago we started to work to build the list even more, serving wines from all corners of the world that we like to drink ourselves," said Head Sommelier Andrea Roug Sala on the stage.

”This is a very complete list which not only covers the expected and the essentials of the wine world, but also delights with topical, exciting, and sometimes surprising wines that take the guests to memorable wine journeys,” said jury member Heidi Mäkinen MW about the winning list.

Geranium – a restaurant with three Michelin stars situated on the 8th floor in Fælledparken (Common Gardens) in the center of Copenhagen – also won the category Best California Wine List. Over the years, Geranium has won no less than eight Gold Stars in Star Wine List of the Year Denmark.

(Photo: Geranium)

Our ambassador in Copenhagen, Rasmus Lunkov Marquart, describes Geranium as "the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Denmark and with Chef Rasmus Kofoed in the kitchen, you are set for an experience". Regarding the wine list, he says: "Geranium offers several wine pairings with names like "Heart & Soil" and "Classic & Appellation" but do not forget to browse the wine list here before you go, it is over 100 pages long and has some serious verticals".

The category was presented by Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné, represented in Stockholm by Grégory Joannes.

"I guess most of you know us and our wines. I just want to say thank you to all of you that are here for the job you’re doing. We’re selling the wines together, and the people in this room are doing the work of showcasing the wines to the guests," he said before announcing the winner.

The Silver Star winners in the Best Long List category were:

Aubergine, Cape Town, South Africa
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss, Norway
64 Wine, Glasthule, Ireland
Restaurant Sans Cravate, Bruges, Belgium
Noble Wine Bar, Riga, Latvia
Time to Wine Rotermanni, Tallinn, Estonia
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai, UAE
Maison Pic, Valence, France
Mountain, London, UK
Eleven Madison Park, New York City, US
PM & Vänner, Växjö, Sweden
Savoy, Helsinki, Finland
Restaurant Le Coureur des Bois, Beloeil, Canada
Grapes Weinbar, Munich, Germany
Heunisch & Erben, Vienna, Austria
Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Robuchon au Dôme, Macau

The current Star Wine List of the Year tour 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.

Jury

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.

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