The 2021 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year was awarded to Matthew Brooks from TWR, Crown Sydney at a ceremony hosted at Government House by the Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley AC QC on Monday night. (Brooke is pictured above with Yohan Jeandon from TWR, Crown Sydney with Mark Bourne, President of NSW Wine.)
Brooks also won in the new category of 2021 Best NSW Wine List in a Sydney accommodation venue for the same list described by the judges as “a very well-constructed list with strong depth in almost all areas”.
The annual awards are conducted by NSW Wine and this year were judged by Dane Richards – General Manager, Australia, Gault & Millau), wine educator and critic, Ned Goodwin MW and Mark Baulderstone – Managing Director, Riedel Spiegelau Nachtmann Australia.
The six winners on the night were chosen from 38 finalist sommeliers whose venues are now entitled to display 2021 NSW Wine Stars.
David Collins from Charred Kitchen & Bar, Orange received the 2021 NSW Wine President’s Award for Outstanding Support of the NSW Wine Industry. The award is presented at the discretion of the President of the NSW Wine Industry Association, Mark Bourne, who said, “David’s list hosts 244 wines from all over NSW (840 wines in total), making it arguably the biggest list of NSW wines in the country”.
- Louella Mathews from bibo wine bar in Double Bay won 2021 Best NSW Wine List in a Sydney venue
- Matt Underwood from The Newcastle Club, Newcastle for 2021 Best NSW Wine List in a Regional NSW accommodation venue
- Pete Cutcliffe from Bill’s Fishhouse, Port Macquarie 2021 Best NSW Wine List in a Regional NSW venue – large, collected this award for the second year in a row
- David Lowe from The Zin House, Mudgee was awarded 2021 Best NSW Wine List in a Regional NSW venue
Brooks and Collins receive free entry into the 2021 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards.
Atelier by Sofitel, Sydney Avalon Restaurant, Katoomba
Bangalay Dining, Shoalhaven Heads Bar Florian, Port Macquarie
bibo wine bar, Sydney Bills Fishhouse and Bar, Port Macquarie
Birch Restaurant, Moss Vale Birdie Noshery & Drinking Est, Orange
Black Bar & Grill, The Star Sydney BOILERHOUSE at Q Station, Accor Sydney
Charred Kitchen and Bar, Orange Esca, Pokolbin
Eschalot Restaurant, Berrima EXP Restaurant, Pokolbin
Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, Sydney Flying Fish, The Star Sydney
International Convention Centre Sydney Jackalberry, Grand Hyatt Sydney
Lolli Redini Restaurant, Orange Muse Kitchen, Hunter Valley
Muse Kitchen, Lorn Nel Restaurant, Sydney
O Bar and Dining, Sydney One Penny Red, Sydney
Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney Public Dining Room, Sydney
Quay Restaurant, Sydney Redsalt Restaurant, Crown Plaza Pokolbin
Sean’s Bondi, Sydney SOUTH on Albany, Berry
Tattersalls Club, Sydney The Gantry, Pier One Sydney
The Newcastle Club, Newcastle The Robertson Hotel, Robertson
The Throsby, Wollongong The Zin House, Mudgee
TWR, Crown Sydney Wandin Kitchen, Lovedale