Wine List Confidential to celebrate top London restaurants at LWF

the drinks business is proud to announce the first Wine List Confidential Awards, designed to celebrate the very best restaurants for wine in London, at this year’s London Wine Fair.

Wine List Confidential will host its first awards ceremony at this year’s London Wine Fair

Launched by the drinks business last year, Wine List Confidential is a unique platform that uses a numeric rating system that allows wine lovers to quickly compare the wine offer in restaurants, no matter what the food or format, highlighting the very best restaurants in London for wine.

Using a 100-point scale, it scores restaurants on all aspects of its wine offering – from value and service, to its size, range and originality – which is then used to give each restaurant reviewed an overall score.

Following an extensive judging process, the first Wine List Confidential 2018 Awards will take place at this year’s London Wine Fair to celebrate the highest rated restaurants, and the sommeliers behind them.

Winners will be unveiled at the Wine List Confidential stand (F45) at The London Wine Fair on Monday, 21 May, between 4-5pm, with all visitors to the fair invited to attend.

Award categories include Best Wine List in London, Best Newcomer and Most Improved, with those restaurants achieving the highest individual ratings for Value, Originality and Service also set to be commended.

The ceremony will coincide with the launch of a comprehensive 200-page Wine List Confidential 2018 guide to the best restaurants for wine in London, featuring in-depth reviews of the capital’s top 100 restaurants, interviews with some of the biggest names in the business and analysis on the trends dominating London’s on-trade.

The inaugural awards ceremony will offer outstanding restaurants high profile recognition at what is the biggest wine and spirits trade show in the UK, and will also kick start a series of events and tastings targeted at the on-trade and sommeliers.

At 10.30 am on Tuesday, Wine List Confidential will host a masterclass on how best to retain staff within an increasingly challenging economic environment, chaired by prominent sommeliers, restaurant managers and key figures in the UK on-trade.

A second masterclass will take place on Wednesday between 3-4pm, moderated by editor-in-chief of the drinks business, Patrick Schmitt MW, on what makes a winning wine list, inviting comment from a panel of high profile experts in the field.

Throughout the fair, guests to the Wine List Confidential stand will be able to pick up their free copy of Wine List Confidential 2018, sample exclusive wines and test their tasting abilities for the chance to win a state-of-the-art wine fridge.

The London Wine Fair will take place on 21-23 May at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in west London.

For more information on Wine List Confidential visit click here, or email niall@thedrinksbusiness.com.

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