Star Wine List of the Year UAE – 29 Jan

On January 29 2024 Star Wine List will be heading to Dubai for our very first event in the UAE where we will be celebrating the best wine lists and the teams behind them. Deadline for registrations was December 17.

United Arab Emirates

Monday 29 January

The UAE awards will be included to our 2023-2024 International tour and the winners of the international categories will qualify for the International final in June 2024. Star Wine List of the Year UAE will be held in Dubai on January 29.

The awards are open for all restaurants and wine bars in the United Arab Emirates, free of charge. Last day to enter was Sunday December 17.


Jury members for the UAE event from L to right: Heidi Mäkinen MW, Piotr Pietras MS, Paz Levinson, Ben Kouider

The jury for the first Star Wine List of the Year competition in the UAE has been confirmed, and includes a crack line-up of esteemed wine experts who will be poring over the wine lists of some of the UAE's finest wine bars and wine restaurants in an attempt to identify the very best.

The four-person panel will consist of:

Heidi Mäkinen, Master of Wine
Piotr Pietras, Master Sommelier
Paz Levinson, named Best Sommelier of Americas
Ben Kouider, Champagne expert and educator

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 our awards. In addition, local categories may be added. We have commercial partners for certain categories, such as the Best Austrian Wine List, which is presented by Austrian Wine. The commercial partners are, however, never involved in the selections of finalists or winners — that is completely up to our independent judging panel.

The criteria for the jury is straightforward but not simple: to vote for the most exciting wine list representing the category.



Grand Prix
The best list overall
Best Long List
For wine lists with more than 600 references.
Best Medium-Sized List, presented by Brancott Estate
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, presented by Louis M. Martini
Best By the Glass List
Best Newcomer List, presented by DAOU
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 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.

Commercial partners

For commercial opportunities, please contact Star Wine List at