2009 Award Winners WINE AWARD OF THE YEAR 2009
For the last couple of years establishments recommended by the Guide have been invited to submit wine lists for competition and there has been a great response, ranging from the very grand to relatively simple lists; many of them are very interesting - including some short very but carefully chosen lists that match menus in smaller restaurants particularly well. In future we plan to expand the Wine Award to allow for different categories, but at the moment there is one overall award.
The twenty three pages of the winning list outline in detail, and with commentary, a range of wines and beverages across a wide spectrum, subjected to monthly monitoring.
A trademark is wine with or without skins by the glass and bottle, red and white, old and new world, with informative tasting notes. Many areas and grape varieties are represented throughout the list and trouble has been taken to collect some rarities, such as white Chateauneuf du Pape and a Sicilian white, from the Fiano grape, called Planeta.
And, as a wine expert taxed with advising on the final selection said of the Fergus O’Halloran’s list for The Twelve: “this wine list has all the hallmarks of dedicated selection by a wine-loving hotelier”.
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