Wine List Confidential Awards 2019: Profiling the winners

Best Micro List 

Winner

Top Cuvée

Shortlist

10 Greek Street
Top Cuvée
Little Duck The Picklery

A wine list can be celebrated for its breadth, but also for its brevity, simplicity and lack of clutter. Top Cuvée’s approached demonstrated that less can definitely be more, with its short, punchy list.

One judge said of the winner: “Love it, such a great place, very knowledgeable team, not too expensive. Interesting, different, all the things the younger generation want to drink”.

Another said: “The food here is really good too – don’t really want anyone else to find out about it!”

With the wine list rarely running over one page, the aim is to push “people to try new things including some of the stuff I assumed would be challenging, but because the list is so small, they will try it,” Top Cuvée’s founder Brodie Meah told Wine List Confidential author Douglas Blyde.

To read the full review, please click here.

Best English Wine List 

Winner

The Coral Room

Shortlist

The Coral Room
Simpson’s in the Strand

English wine is increasingly being championed by restaurants across the capital, which shine a light on the country’s distinctive fizz. Judges said of The Coral Room’s offer: “A very well-curated list, quality first, cocktails which make it more accessible, done by region, and a great-looking list.”

Housed within the walls of the Bloomsbury Hotel with the decor masterminded by Martin Brudnizki, The Coral Room owes its wine list to the world of Anne McHale MW (pictured above left). Focusing on homegrown wines in a rotating by-the-glass selection of six sparklers from small vineyards, the wine list is supplemented by a further six pages of English wines by the bottle.

To read the full review, please click here.

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