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Star Wine List Celebrates UAE Top Wine Lists: Here Are the Finalists

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January 11th – On January 29, Star Wine List will celebrate the great wine lists of UAE for the first time. The international expert jury has now decided the finalists. 

Star Wine List of the Year is the celebration of the great wine lists in the world and the teams behind them. In the UAE, the prize is awarded in ten categories, and the winners will also qualify for the International Final in June 2024. The jury, including top sommelier Paz Levinson and UAE wine expert Ben Kouider, is done deliberating, and the finalists have been selected.

“We are very excited to share the finalists for our first awards in the country – congratulations to all nominees and we look forward to celebrating with them in Dubai on Jan. 29,” said Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.

About the jury

The jury for the Star Wine List of the Year UAE 2024 comprise three top international sommeliers and one local wine expert: 

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

Finalists

Grand Prix

  • The best list overall
  • The winner will be announced at the event.

Best Long Wine List

  • The best long wine list, with more than 600 references
  • Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Amazónico, Dubai
  • At.mosphere, Dubai
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
  • Ossiano, Dubai
  • Ristorante L’Olivo at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Best Medium-Sized List

  • The best wine list with 200-600 listings, a category presented by Brancott Estate
  • BOCA, Dubai
  • Clap, Dubai
  • Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Dubai
  • LPM Dubai, Dubai
  • MayaBay, Dubai
  • Nobu Dubai, Dubai
  • TABŪ, Dubai
  • Zuma Dubai, Dubai

Best Short List

  • The best wine list with fewer than 200 listings
  • Josette, Dubai
  • Lexington Grill & Bar, Ras Al Khaimah
  • Ling Ling at Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
  • ROKA restaurant, Dubai
  • Soirée, Dubai
  • Tresind Studio, Dubai

Best By the Glass List

  • The best wine list by the glass
  • At.mosphere, Dubai
  • BOCA, Dubai
  • Clap, Dubai
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
  • LPM Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • LPM Dubai, Dubai
  • Ossiano, Dubai
  • Soirée, Dubai
  • Zuma Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Zuma Dubai, Dubai

Best Sparkling Wine List

  • The best list with sparkling wine, a category presented by Nyetimber
  • Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • At.mosphere, Dubai
  • BOCA, Dubai
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
  • Nobu Dubai, Dubai
  • Ossiano, Dubai
  • Ristorante L’Olivo at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Zuma Dubai, Dubai

Best Austrian Wine List

  • The best wine list with Austrian wine, a category presented by Austrian Wine
  • Amazónico, Dubai
  • Ossiano, Dubai
  • Zuma Dubai, Dubai

Best California Wine List

  • The best wine list with wines from California, a category presented by Louis M. Martini
  • Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Amazónico, Dubai
  • At.mosphere, Dubai
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
  • Nobu Dubai, Dubai
  • Ossiano, Dubai

Sustainable Wine List

  • Not only the wine list is evaluated, but also the stated actions of the venue
  • The winner will be announced at the event.

Best Newcomer List

  • For a venue that recently opened, a category presented by DAOU
  • City Social Dubai, Dubai
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Dubai
  • Fouquet’s, Dubai
  • Row on 45, Dubai
  • Soirée, Dubai

Star Wine List is the award-winning guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants around the world. It is available as an app and on www.starwinelist.com. It was launched in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2017, and is now live in more than 35 countries in the world. All venues are selected by top wine professionals.

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