Best Of The Best - Australia's Wine List Of The Year Awards

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THE BEST OF THE BEST:

AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2010



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Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne has won the prestigious Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards

2010. The wine list came up trumps for its quality and depth according to the 28 strong judging

panel which brought together Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and wine communicators from

around the world.  David Lawler was acknowledged with the Judy Hirst Award for his work as

sommelier.


The accolade was presented last night at the Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2010 held at

major sponsor, Skoda Australia’s showroom in Melbourne by Award partners, leading wine

distributor, Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine.  


Excitingly this year some very small restaurant wine lists were considered as finalists for the top

Award as judges recognised the creativity and skill it takes to maintain a consistently outstanding

small list.


Finalists included Sydney restaurants; Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Pilu, Glass, Quay and Est as well

as Melbourne’s Vue du Monde.  These contenders were all deemed outstanding by the judging

panel, which was chaired by leading Australian wine communicator, Peter Forrestal and included

luminaries such as Gerard Bassett, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and ‘World’s Best Sommelier

2010’, from the UK. 

 

Key partners Rob Hirst, Chairman of Fine Wine Partners and Judy Sarris, Editor of Gourmet Traveller

WINE were delighted with the quality of the over 300 lists entered in this year’s awards.


“The Australian consumer is the beneficiary of the extraordinary level of passion and commitment

behind today’s lists – large and small - and our aim since 1994 with Australia’s Wine List of the Year

Awards is to reward the passion, time and resources required to develop quality wine lists, “says

Rob Hirst.


The winning wine lists were spread around the country with VIC wins including Best Café/Brasserie

List - European, Best Country Restaurant - Lake House and Best Restaurant List - Rockpool Bar &

Grill. NSW collected Best International Hotel Restaurant - Glass, Best New List - Sepia, Best Regional

List - Pilu and Best Food and Wine Matching - Universal. WA won Best Pub Restaurant - Settler’s

Tavern and Best Wine Bar - Must Wine Bar, Perth. SA restaurant Fino once again won Best Small

List and QLD was awarded Best Club Restaurant for The Brisbane Club.


State winners were The Ginger Room, ACT, Pilu, NSW, Ortiga, QLD, Rockpool Bar & Grill, VIC,

Appellation, SA, Me Wah, TAS, Jacksons Restaurant, WA.


The Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award for 2010 went to Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld,

VIC.


Winners will be listed at www.winelistoftheyear.com.au on August 3. Full results will be published in

the Aug/Sept 2010 issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine on sale August 4 and at




For interviews and further information, please contact :

Fiona MacDonald, PR Manager, Fine Wine Partners

Ph: (02) 8335 8016 M: 0411 519 055 E: fiona.macdonald@finewinepartners.com.au

Judy Sarris, Editor, Gourmet Traveller WINE

Ph: (02) 9282 8430 E: jsarris@acpmagazines.com.au

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AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS - 2010

Presented by Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE 


OVERALL – NATIONAL WINNERS OF THE 2010 AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS: 


AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne

JUDY HIRST AWARD  - David Lawler, Sommelier, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne


CATEGORIES

Best Restaurant Wine List, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne, Vic

Best Regional Wine List, Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney, NSW

Best Small Wine List, Fino, Willunga, SA

Best Food & Wine Matching, Universal, Sydney, NSW

Best International Hotel Restaurant Wine List, Glass Brasserie, Sydney, NSW

Best Wine Bar List, Must Winebar, Perth, WA

Best Country Restaurant Wine List, Lake House, Daylesford, Vic

Best Pub Wine List, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA

Best Café/Brasserie Wine List, European, Melbourne, Vic

Best Club Wine List, The Brisbane Club, Brisbane, Qld


STATE / TERRITORY WINNERS

ACT - The Ginger Room, Canberra

NSW - Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney

QLD - Ortiga, Brisbane

VIC - Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne 

SA - Appellation, Barossa Valley

TAS - Me Wah, Hobart

WA - Jacksons Restaurant, Perth


HALL OF FAME (PAST WINNERS OF WINE LIST OF THE YEAR)

Rockpool Bar & Grill – Sydney (2009)

Taxi (2008)

Aria (2003)

Circa (2001)

Walter's Wine Bar (1996) 


HALL OF FAME (THREE TIME WINNERS)

Best Club Restaurant - Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

Best Pub Restaurant - Healesville Hotel

Best WA Restaurant - Friends

Best WA Restaurant – Must Wine Bar


Gourmet Traveller WINE Readers’ Choice Award, Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld, Vic


Best Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by Skoda Australia                                 

Best Food & Wine Matching List - Sponsored by Skoda Australia

Best Wine Bar List – Sponsored by Riedel

Best Country Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by WineShield by WinePreserva

Best International Hotel Restaurant Wine List – Sponsored by DropStop


   THE 2010 AUSTRALIA’S WINE LIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS ARE PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY








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