NSW Wine is thrilled to be partnering with the Restaurant & Catering Association and Destination NSW to launch the NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS.
These new look awards are dedicated to supporting and rewarding restaurants and wine bars in Sydney and across NSW that offer their customers a great wine experience and a range of delicious local wines, showcasing the quality and diversity of wines being produced in the state of NSW.
We are excited to be involved in a project that enables us to engage with our state’s most driven and forward-thinking restaurants and also support the smaller venues that have always displayed a passion for the home-grown wines of NSW.
Restaurants that enter the awards will be judged by 2 experienced, independent judges, Mark Baulderstone, Managing Director of Riedel Spiegelau Nachtmann Australia and award-winning, multi-media presenter Lyndey Milan, OAM. Mark’s work with some of the world’s finest wine glasses and a diverse range of restaurants gives him great insight into the ideal wine experience. Lyndey has spent the last 30 years traveling around the world of food and wine, and most extensively through regional NSW, providing an unrivalled knowledge of the produce from our state.
The judges will assess the wine lists using criteria including wine list content, presentation, educational content, selection, food and wine matching, service and NSW wine representation, so it’s not just about the wines named on the list but also the quality of wine experience given to the consumer.
Sommeliers and Wine Managers will be in the running to win the title of ‘NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year’ in seven different categories: Sydney small venue (<40 seats), Sydney mid venue (41-99 seats), Sydney large venue (>100 seats), Regional NSW small venue, Regional NSW mid venue and Regional NSW large venue. An overall winner will be chosen from these 6 categories.
Along with a stunning trophy, some great prizes are also up for grabs, including wine service equipment and a professional wine glass & service consultation individually tailored to your establishment.
Applications being taken until COB Friday 30 August 2019.
Participating restaurants will be invited to a prestigious Awards Presentation at NSW Parliament House on Thursday 17th October to discover who has won the 2019 title of NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year.