Australian Sommeliers Set To Battle It Out For Top Wine List Of 2010

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AUSTRALIA’S SOMMELIERS SET TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR TOP WINE LIST


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March 2010


Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards presented by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller

WINE set the industry benchmark for wine lists. Between now and April 9, 2010, sommeliers and

restaurateurs around the country will be fine-tuning their lists for the keen eyes of the judging

panel in this annual competition.   


For consumers, the wine list offers an opportunity to taste an exciting array of wines, but there is a

serious business behind the scenes in creating and managing lists, big and small. 


At the larger end of the scale is last year’s winner of Australia’s Wine List of the Year, Rockpool Bar

& Grill.  This list, managed by Sophie Otton, winner of the Judy Hirst Sommelier of the Year,

features 4,000 wines. A team of ten sommeliers is required to manage the logistics of ordering,

delivery, allocation and sale.  The real art with a collection this size is its seamless integration

and maintenance,” says Sophie.


Last year Rockpool Bar & Grill’s mammoth list swept up many of the major awards, but this year

they will enter the Hall of Fame, leaving the field wide open for a new contender to win the 2010

Australia’s Wine List of the Year.


Fierce competition among the country’s finest restaurants is expected by Peter Forrestal, Chairman

of Judges. With 20 awards being decided over the next few months, there will be interest

Australia-wide in places ranging from those with tiny lists to those offering a lively eclectic range in

our best bars, value-for-money gems in our clubs or monumental lists at our 

five star hotels.’ says Forrestal.


Rob Hirst, Chairman of Fine Wine Partners and President of Wine Communicators of Australia is

committed to growing recognition across all venues to reward the investment in time, skill and

resources spent in developing a quality wine list. Both he and Judy Sarris, editor of Gourmet

Traveller WINE are excited by the prospect of including more medium to small lists in this year’s

competition.  “Some of the pubs and smaller venues are doing fantastic food and have well

designed lists. Just because the list is small does not mean it can’t achieve a high rating.” says

Sarris.


Lists will be rated with one, two and three glasses – with the highest ranking signifying their ability

to compete with the world’s best.  Results will be announced at the Awards presentation in

Melbourne on Monday 2 August and published in the Aug/Sept 2010 issue of Gourmet Traveller

WINE.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:


MEDIA INFORMATION:

Fiona MacDonald Fine Wine Partners, 02 8335 80 16 fiona.macdonald@finewinepartners.com.au


JUDGING PANEL AND LAST YEARS AWARD WINNERS


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CHAIRMAN OF JUDGES

Peter Forrestal (WA) Wine writer, member of Gourmet Traveller Wine's tasting panel, author of

Quaff, show judge, restaurant reviewer for Gourmet Traveller and Qantas Magazine, judge of these

Awards since their inception.  

 


THE JUDGING PANEL

The judging panel of about a dozen wine writers and sommeliers evaluates the wine lists entered in

Australia's Wine List of the Year, with two judges  (independently) assessing each list.  Peter

Bourne  (NSW), Maryann Egan (Vic), Jane Faulkner (Vic), Ken Gargett (Qld), Nigel Hopkins (SA),

Ray Jordan (WA), Graeme Phillips (Tas), Jeni Port (Vic), Louise Radman (SA), Nick Ryan (NSW),

Nick Stock (Vic), Kim West OAM (Vic) 


FINAL ROUND JUDGING PANEL

In order to underline the impartiality of the judging process, the top half dozen wine lists are rated

by the final round judges. These include the judging panel as well as a distinguished group of

Australian and international wine writers and sommeliers. Nick Bulleid MW (ACT),Andrew Caillard

MW (NSW),Huon Hooke (NSW), Toni Paterson MW (NSW),Banjo Harris Plane (NSW).Sophie Otton

(NSW), Gerard Basset MW, MS, MBA (England), Bob Campbell MW (NZ), Felicity Carter

(Germany), Cameron Douglas MS  (NZ), Evan Goldstein MS (USA), Robert Joseph  (England),  Brian

Julyan MS (England), James Lawther MW (France)


AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARD  RESULTS 2009

Presented by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE


OVERALL – NATIONAL WINNER OF THE 2009 AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

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Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

NATIONAL WINNER OF THE JUDY HIRST AWARD: - Sophie Otton Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney


STATE WINNERS

ACT- The Ginger Room, Canberra 

NSW - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney 

QLD - Cru Bar & Cellar, Brisbane 

SA - Appellation, Barossa Valley 

TAS- Terrace Restaurant, Prospect Vale 

VIC - Vue De Monde, Melbourne 

WA- Must Winebar, Perth 


CATEGORY WINNERS

BEST RESTAURANT LIST - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

BEST NEW LIST – THE TONY HITCHIN AWARD - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney, NSW

BEST REGIONAL LIST - La Petanque, Main Ridge, VIC

BEST SMALL LIST - Fino, Willunga, SA

BEST FOOD AND WINE MATCHING - Bilson’s, Sydney, NSW

BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTEL RESTAURANT LIST - Glass Brasserie, Sydney, NSW

BEST WINE BAR LIST - Must Winebar, Perth, WA

BEST COUNTRY RESTAURANT LIST - Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, VIC

BEST PUB RESTAURANT LIST - Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

BEST CAFE/BRASSERIE LIST - Bistro Vue, Melbourne, VIC

BEST CLUB LIST - Racv Members Dining Room, Melbourne, VIC


READERS’S CHOICE AWARD - Wildfire, Sydney, NSW








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