Over 60 leading food and beverage establishments and media gathered at Crave Wine Bar & Restaurant in Sukhumvit’s trendy Aloft Hotel to witness the 2013 edition of the Wine List of the Year Thailand. Now in it’s second year and gaining strength, 10 awards were handed out in this annual competition aimed at recognizing the efforts and expertise in the development of wine lists and wine culture in Thailand.
Prominent winners from Bangkok were Nahm Restaurant securing both the best wine list in Bangkok and the best national Restaurant List categories and L’Appart Restau-rant, Sofitel Sukhumvit conquering the best list By The Glass category.
However, it was a Koh Samui restaurant, Treetops Sky Dining inside the Anantara Lawana property who scooped the most awards including best list Koh Samui, best Resort list and the National prize for best wine list in Thailand.
Founder Jon Hyams says “despite the heavy taxes imposed on wine in Thailand, there are signs of a healthy wine culture developing here… it is encouraging to see Thailand’s wine scene grow on the Asia Pacific gastronomic scene…”
Wine List of the Year Thailand promotes a wine culture from the ground level, encour-aging importers and FB establishments to act in a cohesive manner to develop wine culture.
The competition is open to all food and beverage establishments with wine lists. The online registration is judged by world class wine industry figures such as Peter Scuda-more-Smith MW (Chairman) who says “…good wine lists should be fresh, uncompli-cated, brief and accessible to customers to buy glasses of wine…lists which have clear-ly communicated what is for sale and have some connection to the venues’ cuisine and origins are in favour…”