On Feb. 21, the best wine lists in the UK were celebrated during the second edition of UK Wine List of the Year, co-hosted by Star Wine List and The Buyer. Levan in London won the category Special Jury Prize, a category that recognizes a venue that has done something extra with their wine list, such as the direction, the style or the value.
"We try to bring forward our love for Paris in this concept. We love French wines but the wines and producers of the Jura are the unsung heroes we mainly like to focus on," says Levan's Mark Gurney.
Ruth Spivey, sommelier, wine writer, Star Wine List UK ambassador and jury member says this about the winning list:
"Thoughtfully put together, with a unique and unusually large focus on the Jura. Delicious!"
The silver medalists in this category were:
Bar Crispin, London
Core by Clare Smyth, London
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials, London
Sager + Wilde Hackney Rd, London
The Black Bull, Sedbergh
The jury for the event was filled with top sommelier and wine names:
• Ruth Spivey, sommelier, writer, Star Wine List UK ambassador
• Salvatore Castano, Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa 2021
• Arvid Rosengren, Best Sommelier of the World 2016
• Raimonds Tomsons, Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa 2017
• Rajat Parr, sommelier, winemaker, author
Star Wine List of the Year started in the Nordics back in 2018, to celebrate the great wine lists and the teams behind them. Last year, our first international tour went to 10 markets in Asia and Europe. During the second tour of Star Wine List of the Year, we have so far visited Finland, Denmark, Australia and Norway. And now we came to the UK for the second time, in partnership with The Buyer.
Apart from the honour and the gold certificates, winners of the international categories are qualified to the International Final of Star Wine List of the Year in June 2022.