Star Wine List of the Year Baltics – 19 Nov

On November 19 we will come to the Baltics to celebrate the best wine lists and the teams behind them for the first time. The finalists have been announced.

Baltic states

Sunday 19 November

The Baltics awards will be included to our 2023-2024 International tour and the Baltic winners of the international categories will qualify for the International final in June 2024. Star Wine List of the Year Baltics will be held in Tallinn on November 19, during the Food and wine festival.

The finalists have been announced

The awards are open for all restaurants and wine bars in the Baltic states. For each category, the jury will select finalists from all three Baltic states - depending of course of the strength of the entries. And for each category, there will be a national winner from each of the three states. From those three winners, one Baltic champion will be selected per category. And in the end - one Baltic wine list will be crowned the Grand Prix winner as the best wine list in the Baltics.

The awards are open for all restaurants and wine bars in the Baltic countries, free of charge.

Last day to enter was Sunday October 1 2023.

Jury

Piotr Pietras MS, Julie Dupouy-Young, Heidi Mäkinen MW, Paz Levinson.

The jury for the very first Star Wine List of the Year Baltics is a panel of top international sommeliers:

Julie Dupouy-Young, several times named the Best Sommelier of Ireland
Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
Piotr Pietras, Master Sommelier
Paz Levinson, named Best Sommelier of Americas

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 CATEGORIES

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES:

Grand Prix
The best list overall
Best Long List
For wine lists with more than 600 references.
Best Medium-Sized List
200-600 references.
Best Short List
<200 references.
Best Austrian Wine List, presented by Austrian Wine
Best Sparkling Wine List, presented by Nyetimber
Best California Wine List
Best By the Glass List
Best Newcomer List
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.

NATIONAL CATEGORIES:

Best Portuguese Wine List, presented by Symington Family Estates

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.

More categories, the jury and other news will be presented in this post later.

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

Commercial partners

For commercial opportunities, please contact Star Wine List at sales@starwinelist.com