The 2021 NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS has just been launched by NSW Wine, with strategic partner Destination NSW, and they are looking for NSW Wine Stars. A ‘NSW Wine Star’ is a sommelier/beverage manager or venue that offers their customers a great NSW wine experience and a range of delicious local wines that highlight the quality and diversity of wines being produced in NSW. If that sounds like you, then enter the Awards now (entries close April 11) and claim your reward!
NSW Wine President Mark Bourne says, “In these challenging times it is more important than ever that all sectors of hospitality work together. NSW offers an exceptional and diverse selection of wines that are created by passionate and driven winemakers across the State. The NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards celebrates and rewards those equally-driven sommeliers and restaurant venues that work with local wine producers to create memorable NSW dine and wine experiences.”
As well as a new look, there have been a few other changes since the inaugural awards in 2019. Entry is still FREE, via a simple online form, but this year there will be submission categories specifically for wine lists from hotel accommodation venues. Also, anyone who makes it onto the finalist list will be crowned a ‘NSW Wine Star’, and then go on to possibly win one of the seven ‘2021 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List of the Year’ titles on offer.
In 2021, submitted wine lists will be judged by 3 experienced, independent judges. Dane Richards, GM Australia for Gault&Millau, Ned Goodwin MW, highly regarded wine educator and critic, and Mark Baulderstone, MD of Riedel Spiegelau Nachtmann Australia.
The 2021 winners will be announced at a prestigious event at Government House Sydney, hosted by the Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC.
Along with a stunning trophy and promotional opportunities, some great prizes are also up for grabs, including automatic entry into Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, exclusive food and wine trips to some of NSW’s best wine regions, invaluable advice on and creation of the right digital systems for your business from DK digital systems, some of Australia’s best wine logistics and technology solutions from WINEDEPOT and a glass consultation and $2000 premium glass fit out from RIEDEL, making these awards a must enter event for any sommelier and restaurant.
You have until 11 April to enter the awards online at www.nswwine.com.au/nsw-sommeliers-wine-list-awards