Sixteen London restaurants honoured in World’s Best Wine Lists 2014
A frustrating aspect of restaurant reviews (at least from my perspective) is the lack of commentary on wine lists. So it’s good to see that ultra-well researched magazine The World of Fine Wine has brought a plethora of distinguished grey cells to bear on this issue. Moreover the aim was, says editor Neil Beckett, “to acknowledge the importance of a good wine selection, as distinct from a massive compilation.” In keeping with that, not all the three star winners are fine dining establishments.
Sixteen London restaurants received the top rating of three stars for their lists versus Chicago (6), Hong Kong (5), Singapore (5), and Rome (4). With only 225 three-star ratings awarded in total, London has the second highest number of three-star wine lists of any city apart from New York. Great to see that the legacy of leading Portuguese sommelier João Pires MS has seen Dinner By Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental feature being one such three star recipient.
The World of Fine Wine’s judging panel comprised some of the world’s leading wine authorities, including Gerard Basset MS MW (former World Sommelier Champion), Andrew Jefford, Elin McCoy, and Tom Stevenson. They helped to assess well over 4000 wine lists from restaurants around the world before coming up with the final 750 worth one, two, or three stars.
Only 224 wine lists were recognized in the top three-star category including “perhaps the clearest winner in any of the categories” Qantas whom Beckett says “romped home” in the voting for the Best Airline Wine List in the World. Looking forward to my encounter with it later this month & congratulations to Qantas’ selection panel, winemakers Vanya Cullen, Steve Pannell and Tom Carson.
Here’s the list of London’s three-star winners:
Alyn Williams at the Westbury
Bubbledogs (Winner: Jury Award)
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Hélène Darroze at the Connaught
Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Sketch (Winner: Best By-the-Glass)
The Quality Chop House (Winner: Best Short Wine List)
Follow this link for the full index of winning global restaurants in The World of Fine Wine’s World’s Best Wine Lists 2014.