On October 9, Star Wine List celebrated the best wine lists on Ireland and the teams behind them for the first time. The Sustainable Wine List category was presented by Familia Torres, and here two venues shared the victory: Daróg Wine Bar and The Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar, both in Galway.
”This venue has put sustainability at the heart of everything they do from the start. A local driven menu and drinks list, a wine list focusing on organic, biodynamic and natural producers, a selective waste disposal system, elimination of single use products and plastics, and if not possible, then use of recycled items. Plus ongoing staff training on the subject. It is clear sustainability is not a fad here, but a clear commitment,” says jury member Veronique Rivest about Daróg Wine Bar’s winning list.
”This list and venue take sustainability seriously and put equal emphasis on the land and its people. Their targets are set high and by example they could encourage other venues to do the same,” says Heidi Mäkinen about The Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar’s list.
Zsolt Lukács at Daróg Wine Bar says:
"We are just thrilled. I think sustainability in the wine industry is a key and it has been for many many years my way to work - just delighted!"
Lucas Jose Necchi Firmino from The Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar:
"First of all thank you very much, we are feeling blessed to be here and being part of this award. Sustainability came to our business from the very beginning."
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.
Both winners will now qualify for our International Final in June 2024, where they will face off with the category winners from other countries and continents.
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