Monty's of Kathmandu has the Best California Wine List in Ireland.

Krister Bengtsson (Star Wine List), Shiva Gautam (Monty's of Kathmandu), Jonathan Tonge (DAOU) and jury member Julie Dupouy-Young.
Andreas Grube
Published 09-October-2023
News / Ireland

When Star Wine List celebrated the best wine lists on Ireland and the teams behind them for the first time on October 9, Monty's of Kathmandu in Dublin won the category Best California Wine List. The category was presented by DAOU.

"All I know is that if I grow the wine list any longer I will get divorced! I love California wines - I love their boldness and there are new wineries making fresher wines as well and there is a great diversity of wines," says Shiva Gautam, owner of Monty's of Kathmandu.

”An extensive list paying tribute to the Modern California with the opportunity, today rare, to taste some mature vintages not only from Napa but also from other part & grapes of the state,” says jury member Pascaline Lepeltier about the winning list.

Ireland was our third stop on our 2023-2024 International tour, and this was the very first time we are running it in Ireland. The event was held on October 9 in Waterford during the Sommit Ireland.

The Silver Star winners in the California category were:
64 Wine, Glasthule
Casper & Giumbini's, Dun Laoghaire


For the first ever Star Wine List of the Year Ireland, we gathered an all-female top sommelier jury: Pascaline Lepeltier, Veronique Rivest, Julie Dupouy-Young and Heidi Mäkinen. All four of the well-merited jury members have been part of several Star Wine List of the Year events throughout the years but now judge together in this constellation for the first time.

"Of course, we are proud and happy to have these top professionals on the jury panel for the first ever Star Wine List of the Year Ireland," says Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List's founder and publisher.

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 the awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber. The commercial partners are, however, never involved in the selections of finalists or winners — that is completely up to our independent jury panel.

The criteria for the jury are straightforward but not simple: Vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.

Monty's of Kathmandu will now qualify for our International Final in June 2024, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents.

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

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