NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards returns to support restaurants


2020 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards now open


The NSW Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA), Restaurant & Catering Association (R&CA) and Destination NSW are delighted to be able to follow up the success of last year’s inaugural NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards, with the opening of the 2020 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards.


NSWWIA EO Angus Barnes says, “In these difficult times it is more important than ever to support, showcase and reward restaurants and wine bars across NSW that are working so hard to continue to offer their customers a great wine experience. And even more so, those venues that source wines from equally driven local winemakers, supporting our state’s producers and helping highlight the quality and diversity of wines being produced in NSW”.


“The Awards are also a great way for us to engage with NSW’s wonderful, forward-thinking restaurants and discuss with them the importance of including home-grown wines on their lists. The latest research shows that there has been an encouraging increase in listings of NSW wines on the state’s wine lists, with NSW wines now holding approximately 14% of the wine lists space. This still leave plenty of room for growth and it is critical for the sustainable future of the NSW wine industry that we are seen prominently on our own ‘local’ wine lists.”


R&CA CEO Wes Lambert adds, “During this immensely challenging time it is so important that awards like these continue so we can continue to support our vital NSW Wine Industry that supply restaurants and businesses all over NSW and Australia. You do not need to be a member of R&CA to enter and there will be no entry fee required, so this is an amazing way to get the recognition you deserve to showcase your commitment to the NSW Wine Industry. The submission process is all online, making it very simple and convenient to take part”.


Sommeliers and Wine Managers have until 16 September to enter the awards online (www.nswwine.com.au/nsw-sommeliers-wine-list-awards) putting them in the running to win the title of ‘2020 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year’ in 1 of 7 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 to display, some great prizes are also up for grabs, including some of our state’s finest wines, wine service equipment and a professional wine glass & service consultation individually tailored to establishments.


Wine lists will be judged by the NSWWIA and two 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 travelling 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.


The Awards are FREE to enter and applications for the 2020 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards can be made via the NSW Wine website at www.nswwine.com.au/nsw-sommeliers-wine-list-awards

You can also see a list of last year’s winners here.


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Main pic: At Parliament House Sydney, 2019: (l–r) Mark Bourne, President NSW Wine, Jennifer Paquet & Pete Cutcliffe, Bill’s Fishhouse, Port Macquarie