Napa Grill won Best California Wine List in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Reeze Choi, Krister Bengtsson, Justin Leone, Albert Hildt, Rienne Bilz, Manu Rosier, Heidi Mäkinen MW, Liora Levi. Photo by Anna Stöcher.
Andreas Grube
Published 25-May-2024
News / Switzerland

Napa Grill in Zürich, Switzerland, won a Gold Star in the category Best California Wine List when Star Wine List of the Year DACH was celebrated in Vienna on May 25. The category was presented by Louis M. Martini.

Napa Grill, Zürich, Switzerland won the category both for Switzerland and for DACH overall.

"Usually you can only find such a comprehensive list of Californian wines in California. Besides the great work to collect the full range of Californian wine, the wine list design is lovely, very nice with descriptions on each AVA," said jury member Reeze Choi.

Star Wine List's ambassador in Zürich, Lisa Bader, describes Napa Grill as having "the biggest selection of Californian wines, with a focus on the prestigious Napa Valley, in Zurich or even Switzerland" and that it is "a perfect spot for an evening with friends, sharing some plates and bottles".

Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort

Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort in Lech am Arlberg won the Best California Wine List for Austria.

"The Californian choices on this list are quite classic and fine, showing how compelling worldclass wines the region is able to craft," said Heidi Mäkinen.

Griggeler Stuba im Burg Vital Resort won silver in Grand Prix in Star Wine List of the Year Austria 2021 and 2022.

Sticks & Stones Winebar.

Sticks & Stones Winebar in Munich, Germany won the Gold Star for Best California Wine List in Germany.

"Rich and complete, this list allows the customer for both a peak in history and a view to the future," said the jury's Manu Rosier about Sticks & Stones Winebar's list.

Sticks & Stones also won a Gold Star for Germany in the Best Newcomer List category, and a Gold Star both for Germany and DACH overall for Best By the Glass List.

The Silver Star winners in the California category were:

Döllerer, Golling an der Salzach, Austria
Grapes Weinbar, Munich, Germany
Guido al Duomo, Munich, Germany
Kronenschlösschen, Eltville-Hattenheim, Germany
Park Hotel Vitznau, Vitznau, Switzerland
Restaurant Amador, Vienna, Austria
The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland


The jury for the first ever combined Star Wine List of the Year competition for Germany, Austria and Switzerland consisted of:

The jury panel.

• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Manu Rosier, Star Wine List ambassador in Berlin
• Véronique Rivest, top Canadian sommelier
• Reeze Choi, third Best Sommelier of the World 2023 (ASI)

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 the awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, 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 jury panel.

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

The winners in the international categories will 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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