Vineyard at Stockcross wins Best California Wine List

Jan Konetzki, Romain Bourger, Ronan Sayburn, Liora Levi, Fabienne Jones, Richard Siddle, Ruth Spivey. (Photo: Thomas Skovsende)

Vineyard at Stockcross wins Best California Wine List at 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer Awards.

“The Vineyard and its owner have always been associated with the best of Californian wine,” said jury member Ronan Sayburn MS. “This wine list proves the point.”

”Vineyard is owned by the Peter Micheal family, so we have always had a very strong link with California. I think the list is an amazing list, but it’s still just a work in progress, a dynamic list, moving with the trends,” said Romain Bourger at Vineyard at Stockcross after the awards.

The Best California Wine List recognises the best list of California wines, and is presented by Louis M. Martini.

The award was presented at the Winemakers Club in London on Monday, 20 February 2023.

The silver medalists in the Best California Wine List category were:

Chiltern Firehouse, London
China Tang at The Dorchester, London
Core by Clare Smyth, London
Goodman City, London
Hide, London
Pollen Street Social, London
The Clove Club, London

About the Vineyard at Stockcross in Newbury

The Vineyard at Stockcross is a wine-focused Relais & Chateaux country house hotel in Berkshire, famous for its cellar of over 30,000 bottles. Owned by Sir Peter Micheal, who has over the years invested in a premium vineyard holding in northern California (Sonoma Coast, Knights Valley and Napa). The main hotel restaurant is classic fine dining, using the best of seasonal British ingredients.

Vineyard at Stockcross.

As for the wine list itself, it is vast. With more than 3,000 references it is, without a doubt, one of the largest restaurant collections in the country. They offer more than 100 wines by the glass and carafe as well as blind tastings, cellar tours, wine dinners and masterclasses. Their stock of Californian wine is legendary and they have an enthusiastic section of Magnums and larger formats too.

The Vineyard at Stockcross has been awarded a Star Wine List Red Star.

About the 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer awards

Star Wine List of the Year is an international celebration of the great wine lists of the world and the people who create them.

“These are awards that celebrate the work of those who work at the very pinnacle of wine,” says Krister Bengtsson, the founder and publisher of Star Wine List.

In the UK, the award has been a joint offering of Star Wine List, based in Sweden, and The Buyer, the UK’s top digital wine trade publication.

Star Wine List's jury: Ruth Spivey, Ronan Sayburn, Jan Konetzki, Piotr Pietras.

The judges included a star-studded lineup of sommeliers: Ronan Sayburn MS, Piotr Pietras MS, and Jan Konetzki. They were joined by Star Wine List’s UK Ambassador, Ruth Spivey.

The 2023 Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer is part of Star Wine List’s international awards, now the benchmark for wine lists. Other competitions have taken place in the Nordics, South Africa and Australia.

Read about the terms and how Star Wine List judges the wine lists here.

Published 20-February-2023
News / UK

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