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PAST WINNERS SAID…
CHEE HUI, OWNER, HK HOUSE
'Winning the rst Wine List of the Year was, in a word: fantastic. Not only
for the privilege of winning the competition, but more importantly to
show that an establishment such as mine (a family-run ethnic restaurant)
can be awarded such an accolade. It meant that all bets were o .'
CHRISTINE PARKINSON, GROUP WINE BUYER,
'Winning the Wine List of the Year was the single most important
event in the history of the Hakkasan wine department! Our
restaurants have always won awards for things like food or
design, butnow the wine operation, too, could actually say
we had come top.it really justi ed all the e ort we had put in.'
OLIVIER MARIE, HEAD SOMMELIER, COQ D'ARGENT
'I was really proud to see that the 11 years of hard work that I had put
in to building the list nally paid o . And it's reassuring for customers
to know that the restaurant in which they are entertaining their guests
in has been widely recognised and voted as the best wine list in the UK.'
ALAN HOLMES, RESTAURANT AND WINE DIRECTOR,
THE VINEYARD AT STOCKCROSS
'Winning any award is a positive in this day of social media, as y
ou can instantly tweet and Facebook to your clients and sta ,
so they feel a part of the success. As our sta are involved in the
day-to-day choosing of wines for the list, they can feel proud to
highlight such an accolade. The certi cate itself is in pride of place
withinthe hotel near our wine vault.'
BRICE GUIBERT, HEAD SOMMELIER,
THE CHERWELL BOATHOUSE
'I've been at the restaurant ve years, in which time we've carried
out a lot of changes - from making it clearer and easier to navigate, to
developing di erent countries and regions to go with classic styles that
we've always done well. To win the Wine List of the Year was fantastic
recognition of all of the work that we've put in in that time. It's great
for the sta , too - it really gives them con dence in the place, to say
they work for the restaurant that has the best wine list in the UK.'
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