Palace won Gold Star for Best Sparkling Wine List in Finland

Palace won Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber. From left to right: Heidi Mäkinen (jury member), Samuel Muir and Liam Fahy (Palace) and Krister Bengtsson (Star Wine List). Photo by Teemu Reunila
Andreas Grube
Published 15-April-2024
News / Finland

Palace in Helsinki has the Best Sparkling Wine List in Finland. When Star Wine List returned to Finland to celebrate the best wine lists and the teams behind them for the fifth time on April 15, Palace won the Gold Star in the sparkling category, presented by Nyetimber.

”Thank you! Honestly, we have a really nice collaboration with Krug at the moment and we always try to have champagne on the wine pairing, we change house champagnes regularly and with the style of food we have it goes well with champagne and sparkling," said restaurant manager Liam Fahy.

"The champagnes and sparkling wines chosen on this list truly deserve their place and are given an opportunity to shine with the impeccable clarity of the list. One might think the choices would quench their thirst but the opposite might be more true!" said jury member Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine.

The Silver Star winners in the sparkling category were:
Bronda, Helsinki
Café Savoy, Helsinki
Minne Champagne & Wine, Helsinki
Muru Wine Bar, Helsinki
Nokka, Helsinki
Pastis, Helsinki
Restaurant Grön, Helsinki
Restaurant Muru, Helsinki
Savoy, Helsinki

Finland is included to our 2023-2024 International tour, and this was the fifth time we were running it in Finland. The event was held in Helsinki, together with the Finnish Sommelier Championship. The winners in Finland will qualify for the International Final in Stockholm in June, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents.

"The wine scene in Finland is small but it is dynamic and it is great to see the development of the finalists this year," said Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher.


The jury of our Finnish awards is filled with top international sommeliers and wine experts:

• Kathrine Larsen-Robert, Master Sommelier
• Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
• Salvatore Castano MS, Best Sommelier of Europe & Africa 2021 (ASI)
• Julie Dupouy-Young, several times named the Best Sommelier of Ireland

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.

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

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