Balaban's wins 3-Stars "World's Best Wine Lists"


Balaban’s has once again been awarded a prestigious three-star award in The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists 2017, in association with Octavian Wine Vaults.

The fourth annual “World’s Best Wine Lists” have been announced with Palais Coburg in Austria receiving the honor of the “Champions’ League Best Overall Wine List”, and Rouge Tomate Chelsea in New York claiming “Wine List of the Year”, and the “Best Long Wine List in the World”.

wine of the world award 2017The awards are assessed by a panel of judges containing some of the world’s leading sommeliers and wine writers, including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson, Francis Percival, and The World of Fine Wine editor Neil Beckett.  The judges surveyed well over 4,500 wine lists from restaurants around the world before finalizing the list of 997 one-, two-, and three-star restaurants. Only 365 restaurants were recognized for the esteemed three-star award.

All the finalists in the World’s Best Wine Lists must reach certain standards in relation to a range of criteria, among which the most important are: the breadth, depth, interest, quality, and value of the wine selection (relative to the nature and size of the list and any specialism).  A three-star award recognizes a great wine list and takes into consideration a very high proportion of leading producers, established and emerging; a very good mix of vintages in terms of age, maturity, quality, and style; an extensive by-the-glass and half-bottle program; and clear evidence of originality, personality, and vision.

Since initiating in 2014, the awards have gone from strength to strength, and are “rapidly becoming as coveted as Michelin Stars,” according to former World Sommelier Champion Gerard Basset MS MW OBE.  On the awards, The World of Fine Wine editor Neil Beckett commented “This year we saw the strongest level of entries yet, in terms of both quality and quantity, and the introduction of the Champions’ League and exciting new categories such as Best Regional List and Best Spirits List are a reflection of the rise in standards in wine programs all over the world.”

For the full list of winners please visit World of Wine.