On Sept. 25, Star Wine List of the Year teamed up with the Norwegian Sommelier Association and Kapital magazine to celebrate the best wine lists of Norway. Here are the winners in all the ten categories.
Skigaarden won two of the categories: the prestigious Norges Beste Vinkart/Grand Prix and Best Sparkling Wine List.
This was the third time Star Wine List was cooperating with Norges Beste Vinkart, with the Star Wine List Jury of international top sommeliers (Paz Levinson, Raimonds Tomsons and Salvatore Castano) judging three categories. For the first time, we also had the Sustainable Wine List category in Norway, and the first Norwegian winner was Credo.
Here are all the winners:
Best Austrian Wine List
– Recognizes the best wine list with Austrian wine. The category is presented by Austrian Wine
”One of the most interesting Austrian's lists I've ever seen, full of top producers and back vintages that, in my opinion, makes this wine list unique,” says the jury’s Salvatore Castano.
"I had a feeling that it was going to be close this year. Since I've not only been buying Austrian wine the last few years, but also focused on other countries, producers and so on, and also following the market a bit more. The thing I'm going to do going forward is to select more Austrian producers in a style that is different from what I have, like some more natural producers and other regions, like Carnuntum and Kamptal. There is really good wine produced all over Austria," says Happolati's head sommelier Simon Zimmermann.
"I will still continue pushing Austrian wines and buy more and more. For the style of food we do at Happolati, the Asian-fusion style, Austrian wine is extremely perfect."
Sustainable Wine List
”This is super nice, it is a motivation for us to keep growing and to keep doing amazing things at Credo. I’ve only been here for like two months, but this is a really nice project. The whole backbone of the restaurant is sustainable and I’m really happy because that’s not only our wine idea but also the non-alcoholic idea and in the restaurant,” says César Garduño, head sommelier at Credo.
”The wine list at Credo has a fantastic selection of wines, from the classic to the newcomers. There are back vintages specially in sections like Burgundy and Bordeaux and younger wines from regions like Ribera Sacra. Producers are very well selected not only because they make delicious wines but also because the viticulture is organic, sustainable and many examples are biodynamic,” says jury member Paz Levinson about Credo’s list
”The restaurant is conscious about sustainability in every detail and the list reflects this while there are many other beverages that are homemade and local.”
Special Jury Prize
– Recognizes a venue that has done something extra with their wine list, such as the direction, the style or the value
”This is a fine list for exploring great wine classics and also off the beaten track wines. The adventurous and thoughtful wine selection intrigues you with every next page. Majority of wines are available by the glass. Additionally, there is a creative selection of cocktails, beers and ciders,” says jury member Raimonds Tomsons about the winning wine list.
Karin Dejeborn at Territoriet says:
"This was a nice surprise for us. We’re just doing what we always did, trying to have a broad spectrum of amazing wines from all over the world in different price ranges, and offer it by the glass – everything, for everyone at any time."
Beste Champagne/Musserende vinliste (Best Sparkling Wine List)
– Presented by Nyetimber:
Beste Vinkart - Vin på glass (Best By The Glass List)
Park Hotel Vossevangen, Voss
Norges Beste Vinkart (Grand Prix):
Beste "Lille" Vinkart (Best "shorter" list)
Beste Vinmeny (Best Wine pairing)
Årets Nykommer (Newcomer of the Year)
Villani Osteria, Bergen
The winners in the following six categories continue on to the Star Wine List of the Year Nordics on Oct. 9 and to the international final in June 2023: Best Sparkling Wine List (presented by Nyetimber), Special Jury Prize, Sustainable Wine List, Best Austrian Wine List (presented by Austrian Wine), Grand Prix, Best By the Glass List.
The jury for Norges Beste Vinkart:
• Rune Rake
• Alexander Michalsen
• Trond Erling Pettersen
The Star Wine List jury:
• Paz Levinson
• Raimonds Tomsons
• Salvatore Castano
Read more about how we judge Star Wine List of the Year below.
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