Entries to the 2021 NSW Sommeliers Wine List Awards opened on Thursday with the awards to be announced on Monday, 24 May.
Wine lists will be judged by:
- Dane Richards, GM and Head of Reviewing Australia for Gault&Millau
- Ned Goodwin, Master of Wine, former Sommelier, a dux of Len Evans Tutorial and Japan’s first Master of Wine
- Mark Baulderstone, Managing Director of Riedel Spiegelau Nachtmann
NSW Wine Industry Association President Mark Bourne said:
“New South Wales has an exceptional selection of wines, from a diversity of regions and climates, that are created by passionate and driven people across the State. The NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards celebrates those sommeliers and restaurant venues that work with local wine producers to create memorable NSW dine and wine experiences.
“We have just this week received the latest wine list research, which shows that wines made in NSW hold only 11% of listings within restaurants and bars in NSW. This shows there is still plenty of opportunity for growth and it is critical for the sustainable future of all our industries that we support and work with each other.”
Venues are eligible to receive a ‘NSW Wine Star’ for their wine list. Recipients are for either a sommelier who or food venue that offers their customers a great New South Wales wine experience and a range of delicious local wines that highlight the quality and diversity of wines being produced in the state.
Entry is free, and this year, wine lists from hotel accommodation venues are also eligible along with restaurants, gastro pubs and wine bars. Ultimately, there are seven 2021 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year titles on offer.
Sommeliers and Beverage/Bar Managers have until 11 April to enter the awards online.