Sustainable Wine List award goes to Chambers, New York

Heidi Mäkinen MW, Jury member; Krister Bengtsson and Liora Levi, Star Wine List; Moa Gürbüzer, Oddbird - and on video: Pascaline Lepeltier, Chambers. Photo by Stefan Bohlin.
Andreas Grube
Published 24-June-2024

On June 24, sommeliers and restaurant teams from around the world gathered Stockholm for the wine list celebration Star Wine List of the Year – the grand final of the Star Wine List world tour 2023-2024. Chambers in New York City, US, won the category Sustainable Wine List, presented by presented by Oddbird.

”I’m really sorry that I couldn’t be there today to share this very special moment for me and for the whole team at the restaurant. We’re very proud of this prize, so thank you to the jury and to Star Wine List. I really couldn’t believe it, because when I saw all these amazing finalists I was like … wow, there are som many amazing initiatives now, all around the world, to really promote and share, and make sustainability not a dream but a reality. So I must say bravo to all the finalists and to all that are committed to support that idea of how to work,” said Chamber’s Pascaline Lepeltier on a video message from New York.

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.

”This list really shows what sustainability taken to the core of a wine program can look like. The thought put towards the list goes beyond the expected, constantly challenging itself too, ensuring the work continues and never stops. In a few years' time, I hope this becomes the standard level, but at the moment it really defines what a sustainable wine list can be. Chapeau!” said the jury’s Heidi Mäkinen.

Moa Gürbüzer from Oddbird handed out the diploma on stage.

"Oddbird is producing almost two million bottles a year now, and I’m really proud to present this category, because everything we do is centred around sustainability. We started with one goal, that you as hosts would be able to ask your guest ’do you want your wine woth or without alcohol’. I used to be a family threapist, and I've seen my fair share of family problems due to people not being able to handle aclohol. I want to make life people better for these people," she said and brought down a round of applause.

The Silver Star winners in the sustainable category were:

ëlgr restaurant, Cape Town, South Africa
Kontrast, Oslo, Norway
Daróg Wine Bar, Galway, Ireland
Restaurant ARK, Copenhagen, Denmark
Convento, Leuven, Belgium
Fotografiska Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia
BOCA, Dubai, UAE
Les Résistants, Paris, France
Apricity, London, UK
Julie, Malmö, Sweden
Restaurant Grön, Helsinki, Finland
Esters Wine Shop & Bar, Santa Monica, United States of America
Barra, Berlin, Germany
Haoma, Bangkok

The Star Wine List of the Year tour 2023-2024 started in South Africa in September 2023 and has passed through Asia, Europe and North America on its way to the final Stockholm. All in all, 14 events have been held, from Hong Kong to New York and Dubai to Vienna.

Finalists from 20 countries – from some of the most renowned restaurants in the world – and well over 100 international guests travelled to Stockholm to be a part of the celebration on June 24. The awards in Stockholm was held during a full-day event for finalists, partners and media. Wine lovers from around the world could join the live-streamed event on Star Wine List’s Facebook page.


The jury of our international final was filled with sommelier champions:

The jury panel.

• Salvatore Castano, ASI Best Sommelier of Europe and Africa

• Arvid Rosengren, ASI Best Sommelier of the World
• Marc Almert, Asi Best Sommelier of the World
• Heidi Mäkinen MW

”Overall, we were presented with incredible wine lists to evaluate, each demonstrating an impressive level of quality. The high standard across the board made our task particularly challenging, as each list brought something unique and outstanding to the table, reflecting the passion and expertise of their curators,” said Salvatore Castano of the jury work.

Categories and criteria

Star Wine List's jury evaluates the wine lists in several categories such as the Best Sparkling Wine List and Best By the Glass List. 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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