Where to find the best wine lists in the world: Experts name a South African eatery, Air France and bars in London’s Hackney, New York and Portland as top for a glass of red, white or fizz

  • The World’s Best Wine List Awards 2019 named South Africa’s Restaurant Mosaic as having best list
  • Sager + Wilde bar in Hackney and Blue Hill restaurant in New York also scooped prizes for their wine lists 
  • Sake Restaurant & Bar in Sydney declared as having the best sake list, and Hide in London the best spirits list

If you find wine lists baffling then pay a visit to – or climb aboard – one of these prize-winners.

That’s because they all scooped gongs at the World’s Best Wine List Awards 2019, so choosing any wine from any of their lists is bound to leave you impressed.

The overall winner is South Africa’s Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, with Sager + Wilde in London picking up the Best Medium-Size Wine List gong, Blue Hill in New York snaring the Best Short Wine List prize and Air France snagging the Best Airline Wine List trophy.

South Africa’s Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, pictured, has been named as having the best wine list in the world

The cellar at Restaurant Mosaic, in Pretoria, which in total houses 75,000 bottles of wine

Restaurant Mosaic (one of its dishes pictured), is one of South Africa’s most renowned restaurants

The sommelier at Restaurant Mosaic is Moses Magwaza, pictured

The prizes were handed out at a glittering ceremony last month at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Now in its sixth year, the awards are seen as the Michelin Stars of the wine list world.

The organisers said of the winner, which is in Pretoria: ‘Hidden in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is one of South Africa’s finest luxury hotels – featuring one of the country’s best-loved and most respected restaurants, worthy of its supreme praise and three top recognitions at the World’s Best Wine Lists Awards 2019.

‘The creative cookery of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is well matched by a superb modern wine list containing over 5,000 selections. Described by our judges as “a phenomenal list that is a joy to explore”.’

The sommelier at Restaurant Mosaic is Moses Magwaza, who oversees one of the most comprehensive wine cellars in South Africa, comprising more than 75,000 bottles of wine under 5,500 different local, as well as international labels.

The restaurant says that its Cellar Master travels the globe to seek out ‘the finest wines’.

Other award winners included Hide restaurant in London for Best Spirits; The World Residences at Sea for Best Cruise Ship Wine List; No5 Wine Bar in Toulouse for Best Wine Bar List; Pix Pâtisserie in Portland, Oregon, for Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List (the winner for the sixth year in a row) and Sake Restaurant & Bar in Sydney for the Best Sake List in the World.

Sager + Wilde (pictured) in Hackney, London, picked up the Best Medium-Size Wine List gong

Nº5 Wine Bar (pictured) in Toulouse picked up two gongs – Best By-the-Glass Wine List With Coravin and Best Wine Bar List

The smart interior of Saké Restaurant in Sydney, which snared the Best Sake List prize

The Best Long Wine List trophy went to Geranium restaurant (pictured) in Copenhagen

The Best Spirits List prize went to Hide (pictured) in London’s Mayfair district

Blue Hill in New York was presented with the Best Short Wine List award at the September ceremony in London

If you want a decent glass of fizz, you could do worse than pay a visit to Pix Pâtisserie in Portland, which received the award for Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List

Chicago’s The Purple Pig being, meanwhile, was awarded Best By-the-Glass Wine List Without Coravin (Coravin is a device that allows wine to be extracted from a bottle without spoiling the wine) and Geranium in Copenhagen scooped the Best Long Wine List gong.

The awards, in association with Gaggenau, are chaired by Neil Beckett, World of Fine Wine Editor, and featured writer and broadcaster Andrew Jefford; award-winning sommelier Andreas Larsson; publisher and writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong; wine writers Elin McCoy, Francis Percival and Alder Yarrow; sommelier Luciana Girotto and wine writer and lecturer Anne Krebiehl MW.

They assessed over 1,000 of the world’s best wine lists to determine the shortlist.

The nominees and winners are based on a range of criteria including breadth, depth, interest, quality, value, clarity and accuracy.

THE BEST WINE LISTS IN THE WORLD FOR 2019 NAMED 

Award-winner The Purple Pig in Chicago

Best Long Wine List in the World 2019 – Geranium, Copenhagen

Best Medium-Size Wine List in the World 2019 – Sager + Wilde, Hackney Road, London

Best Short Wine List in the World 2019 – Blue Hill, New York

Best Micro Wine List in the World 2019 – Wine Bar George, Lake Buena Vista

Best Regional Wine List in the World 2019 – The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia

Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in the World 2019 – Pix Pâtisserie, Portland

Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List in the World 2019 – Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona

Best Spirits List in the World 2019 – Hide, London

Best By-the-Glass Wine List Without Coravin in the World 2019 – The Purple Pig, Chicago

Best By-the-Glass Wine List With Coravin in the World 2019 – Nº5 Wine Bar, Toulouse

Best Wine Bar List in the World 2019 – Nº5 Wine Bar, Toulouse

Best Hotel Wine List in the World 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria

Most Original Wine List in the World 2019 – Terroir, New York

Best Designed Wine List in the World 2019 – The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa

Best Airline Wine List in the World 2019 – Air France

Best Cruise Ship Wine List in the World 2019 – The World Residences at Sea

Wine List of the Year 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria

Best Sake List in the World 2019 – Saké Restaurant, Sydney

The Best Designed Wine List in the World 2019 award went to The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa

Champions’ League World’s Best Wine List 2019 – Eleven Madison Park, New York

Champions’ League Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List 2019 – Eleven Madison Park, New York

Champions’ League Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria

Champions’ League Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List 2019 – Robuchon au Dôme at Grand Hotel Lisboa, Macau

Champions’ League Best Spirits List 2019 – The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Source: Wo 

 

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