Star Wine List of the Year Ireland – check out the finalists

Andreas Grube
Published 14-September-2023
News / Ireland

On October 9, Star Wine List will come to Ireland to celebrate the best wine lists and the teams behind them for the first time. Our top sommelier jury has now evaluated all the wine lists that entered the competition – and here are the finalists.

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

The awards are open for all restaurants and wine bars in Ireland – free of charge.

So without further ado – here are the finalists fighting for Gold Stars in the different categories.

International Categories:

Grand Prix

– The best list overall

Finalists:
The winner will be announced at the event.

Best Long List

– For wine lists with more than 600 references

Finalists:
64 Wine, Glasthule
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin
The Restaurant at Ballyfin Demesne, Ballyfin

Best Medium-Sized Wine List 

– Recognizes the best wine list with 200-600 references.

The category is presented by Chateau Tour des Termes

Finalists:
Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
L'Atitude 51, Cork
Piglet Wine Bar, Dublin
The Barton Restaurant at the K Club, Straffan
Uno Mas, Dublin

Best Short List

– Recognizes the best wine list with fewer than 200 listings.

Finalists:
Bar Pez, Dublin
D'Olier Street Restaurant, Dublin
Etto, Dublin
Fish Shop, Dublin
Frank’s, Dublin
Note, Dublin
Potager, Skerries
UNioN Wine, Bar & Kitchen, Waterford

Best Austrian Wine List

– Recognizes the best list with wines from Austria

The category is presented by Austrian Wine

Finalists:
64 Wine, Glasthule
Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin

Best Sparkling Wine List

– Recognizes the best list with sparkling wines.

The category is presented by Nyetimber

Finalists:
64 Wine, Glasthule
D'Olier Street Restaurant, Dublin
Dede at Customs House, Baltimore
Frank’s, Dublin
L'Atitude 51, Cork
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin

Best California Wine List

– Recognizes the best list with wines from California

The category is presented by DAOU

Finalists:
64 Wine, Glasthule
Casper & Giumbini's, Dun Laoghaire
Monty's of Kathmandu, Dublin

Best By the Glass List

– Recognizes the best by the glass list.

Finalists:
Bar Pez, Dublin
Daróg Wine Bar, Galway
Dede at Customs House, Baltimore
Ely Wine Bar, Dublin
L'Atitude 51, Cork
Potager, Skerries
UNioN Wine, Bar & Kitchen, Waterford

Best Newcomer List

Finalists:
Bar Pez, Dublin
D'Olier Street Restaurant, Dublin
Daróg Wine Bar, Galway
Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins, Dublin
Hawksmoor, Dublin

Sustainable Wine List

– For the Sustainable Wine List category, not only the wine list is evaluated, but also the stated actions of the venue, as described through a questionnaire in the application

The category is presented by Familia Torres

Finalists:
Daróg Wine Bar, Galway
Dede at Customs House, Baltimore
L'Atitude 51, Cork
Potager, Skerries
The Pear Tree Café & Wine Bar, Galway


Jury

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.

Pascaline Lepeltier, Heidi Mäkinen, Veronique Rivest and Julie Dupouy-Young.

"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.

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 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.

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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Chateau Tour des Termes

Château Tour des Termes is located north of Bordeaux in one of Saint-Estèphe 's great terroirs. Recently acquired by Irish green entrepreneur Dr Eddie O'Connor, the team is dedicated to the future by focusing on sustainable and detail-oriented viticulture.

Nyetimber

English sparkling producer Nyetimber is the leading producer of sparkling wine in the country.

Austrian Wine

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board is based in Vienna, and is a national service body for the Austrian wine industry. The aim is to strategically support, coordinate and maintain quality and sales.

DAOU

Read more about DAOU by clicking on the logo.

Torres

Read more about Familia Torres by clicking on the logo.

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