On 22 February, the best wine lists in the UK will be celebrated in the first-ever UK Star Wine List of the Year. Together with our partners at The Buyer, we have created a new UK category – Best New Zealand Wine List, presented by New Zealand Wine.
”New Zealand Winegrowers are delighted to support the Star Wine List of the Year awards. Traditionally the on-trade have been very supportive of New Zealand wines, and we are pleased to recognise that by sponsoring the Best New Zealand List category,” says New Zealand Winegrowers European Marketing Manager, Chris Stroud.
"We are very happy to have New Zealand Winegrowers with us for our very first celebration of the wine lists in the UK, especially in times like these. We can't wait to see how the category is represented in top wine lists, and to go out and drink them when we can!" says Krister Bengtsson, Star Wine List's founder.
The jury for Star Wine List of the Year UK will be several of the world’s most prominent sommeliers and our UK ambassador Ruth Spivey. On 22 February at 6 PM UK, 7 PM Central European Time, the winners will be announced during an online event on Star Wine List’s Facebook Live.
Best New Zealand Wine List is one of several categories for the UK competition specifically.
”New Zealand wines are very versatile and stylistically fit well on wine lists and match with a wide range of cuisines from around the world. We hope that restaurants entering this category are able to showcase the diversity New Zealand offers,” says Chris Stroud.
The jury for this event will be several of the world's most prominent sommeliers and our UK ambassador Ruth Spivey:
Arvid Rosengren, 2016 Best Sommelier of the World
Paz Levinson, Best sommelier of Argentina and the Americas
Pascaline Lepeltier, 2018 Best Sommelier of France
Marc Almert, 2019 Best Sommelier of the World
Lu Yang MS, Best Sommelier of China
Ruth Spivey, UK ambassador Star Wine List