2021 CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS – Publication of the winners list

 

2021 CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS

Publication of the winners list

The “2021 CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS” ceremony dinner was held on January 17th, 2022, at The Ritz-Carlton, Pudong, Shanghai. The competition that endured over three months finally ended. We shared this ultimate moment of the champagne industry in Greater China with professionals, sommeliers, champagne enthusiasts and media representatives from all over China in the run-up to the Chinese New Year!

Initiated by Ms. Lei Meng, the founder of Sparkling+ Asia, CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS is the first wine list competition 100% focused on champagne in China. The professional jury is composed of the UDSF (Union de la Sommellerie Française) from the Champagne-Ardenne region.

This competition has several objectives:

– recognize China’s most qualified and professional champagne lists and sommeliers every year

– boost the Champagne market in Greater China

– enhance the Champagne service quality in Chinese-speaking area

– guide the catering professionals to understand and upgrade “Champagne wine” and “Champagne culture” knowledge

– encourage even more restaurants/hotels/bars to become renown addresses for champagne enthusiasts

More than 150 champagne lists from nearly 20 cities in Greater China participated with this 4th edition of the competition. The participating cities were not limited to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Xiamen, but also extended to Chongqing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Shenyang, and more.

In total, 47 professional jury prizes, 13 public jury prizes and 2 special prizes were awarded. The public jury prizes were voted online, the special prizes were selected by the special jury and the professional jury prizes were scored on January 3rd in Champagne by the UDSF (Union de la Sommellerie Française) of Champagne-Ardenne.

ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL PRIZE JURY AND THE JUDGING CRITERIA

Eric Arnaud – Chair of jury

Chairman of the French Champagne-Ardenne Sommelier Union, Maître Sommelier of France, Mr. Arnaud has worked as a sommelier for more than 20 years and owns the restaurant ‘Le Concept’. He provides wine knowledge training and consulting services for many prestigious hospitality management schools and restaurants.

Members of the jury

  • Consultant, Former Head Sommelier of Le Parc des Crayères, Philippe Jamesse
  • Chief Sommelier of Royal Champagne, Daniel Pirès
  • Chief Sommelier of Château de Rilly, Silvio Roussette
  • Sommelier of Le Millénaire, Florent Levy-Bencheton
  • Director of Educavin, Geoffrey Orban
  • Director of Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, Edwige Régnier
  • Founder of Magazine Bulles et Millésimes, Jean-Baptiste Duteurtre
  • Owner of Wine Bar by Le Vintage, Nicolas Papavero
  • Sommelier of Wine Bar by Le Vintage, Camille Freytag

The judging criteria for the champagne list is developed jointly by the French Champagne-Ardenne Sommelier Union and Sparkling+ Asia. We assess the wine list from aspects including diversity, balance, quality, design, completeness of information, and bonus. It is worth noting that due to market differences, the price factor is excluded from the assessing criteria.

ABOUT THE SPECIAL PRIZE JURY AND THE JUDGING CRITERIA

Special award for design

Criteria

An increasing number of catering establishments have been paying attention to the aesthetic design into their wine list. The new award of this edition invited the jury of design, aesthetic, and art professionals to evaluate the color palette, typography, text design, creativity, and expression of theme to select the best designed champagne list.

Members of the jury

  • Famous graphic designer and co-founder of STUDIO NA.EO design, Zhizhi Liu
  • Cabana CEO, Chikalicious manager, Demos
  • Renown editor and scriptwriter, Qiao Shu
  • Artist and author of the thematic painting of 2019 100% CHAMPAGNE, Di Long

Special prize for food and wine pairing

Criteria

Apart from the aforementioned aesthetics, catering establishments also design their champagne lists considering the restaurant cuisine, in order to choose the corresponding category of champagne. The prize for the best food & wine pairing restaurant is awarded by a jury of food and wine experts. The criteria include sensory experience, diversity, creativity, and thematic expression of the food/wine pairing.

Members of the jury

  • Blogger of gastronomy, consultant of content publication for restaurants, Bei Xi
  • Editor of gastronomy, media professional, Amy
  • Media professional, DaZhongShiJu manager, Qingqing Huang
  • International blogger of gastronomy & wine, Michelle Ho
  • Blogger of gastronomy, consultant for restaurants, Vinie

CHAMPAGNE LIST FOR GALA DINNER

  • Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
  • Champagne Boizel Rosé Magnum
  • Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée
  • Champagne Drappier Carte d’Or Brut
  • Champagne Duval-Leroy Fleur de Champagne Premier Cru
  • Champagne Edouard Duval Brut d’Eulalie
  • Champagne Henri Giraud Dame-Jane Rosé
  • Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée 169ème Édition

After nearly three months of registration and preparation, a week of public voting and professional judging, our awards ceremony dinner came to a perfect end.

The awards were presented by CEO of Jia Rui, Emily, chief editor of Lookvin, Ning Ma, president of Guo Run Tea House, Tianqi Yin, first Chinese Master of Wine, Gus Zhu, China business development consultant of Coravin, Sandor, management director of Riedel, Sheng, ambassador of S. Pellegrino, Yang Lv, founder & manager of YangNanCaoJi and KOL of gastronomy & wine, Leo Siu, representative of Kaluga Queen Caviar, Qianqian Qin, co-founder of Cabana, Demos, gastronomy blogger and consultant of content publication for restaurants, Bei Xi, general manager of Greater China of 5J Cinco Jotas Jose Iniguez, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai Marius Berlemann.

We officially announce the winners list here:

2021 CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS

 

Public jury prize

 

The most popular restaurant – 360° Expérience

Chengdu – FIELDS CONCORD

Editor of the list:River Cheng

The most popular restaurant – Champagne List

Guangzhou – Cicada by Song

Editor of the list:Powell Xue

The most popular restaurant – Atmosphere

Chengdu – CUI Restaurant

Editor of the list:Wesley Shi

The most popular restaurant – Wine Service

Guangzhou – Cicada by Song

Editor of the list:Powell Xue

The most popular restaurant – Food & Wine pairing

Chengdu – Silver Pot

Editor of the list:Martin Liu

The most popular bar – Champagne List

Chengdu – Tempio Club · TC

Editor of the list:Dylan Ding

Guangzhou – MuST Natural Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Muti Jansuphapchai

The most popular bar – Atmosphere

Chengdu – The Theatre (Jin Rong Cheng)

Editor of the list:Carol Tai

The most Popular Champagne Cocktail Bar

Shenzhen – The Dockers

Editor of the list:Hongyu Deng

The most popular bar – Food & Wine pairing

Chengdu – Hō Wine Bar & Eatery

Editor of the list:Stephen Yang

The most Popular Bar – Bar manager

The Theatre Manager – Nico

The most influential champagne producer on social media – NM

Champagne Krug, Champagne Salon

The most influential champagne producer on social media – RM

Champagne Pierre Péters

 

Special prize

 

China Best Designed Champagne List

Shenzhen – The Dockers

Editor of the list:Hongyu Deng

China Best Food & Wine Pairing Restaurant

Shanghai – Sheng Yong Xing (Bund)

Editor of the list:Arneis Wu

 

Professional jury prize

 

Best Grower Champagne List – Eastern China

Hangzhou – La Villa Restaurant

Editors of the list:Ying Guo & Dennis Lee

Shanghai – Sir Elly’s

Editor of the list:Stephen Lim

Best Grower Champagne List – Western China

Chengdu – CUI Restaurant

Editor of the list:Wesley Shi

Best Grower Champagne List – Southern China

Shenzhen – L’Allée

Editor of the list:Della Tang

Best Grower Champagne List – Northern China

Beijing – Hanshe Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Darren Liu

Best Grower Champagne List – Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan

Terrazza – Galaxy Macau

Editors of the list:Han Yew Kong & Amy Pan

Best Bio/Biodynamic Champagne List

HAKKASAN SHANGHAI

Editor of the list:Felix Zhang

Beijing – Pinot & Chard

Editor of the list:Jerry Cao

Best Champagne List – Chinese Restaurant – Eastern China

Shanghai – Sheng Yong Xing (Lu Jia Zui)

Editor of the list:Arneis Wu

Best Champagne List – Chinese Restaurant – Western China

Chengdu – Silver Pot

Editor of the list:Martin Liu

Best Champagne List – Chinese Restaurant – Western China

Guangzhou – Cicada by Song

Editor of the list:Powell Xue

Best Champagne List – Chinese Restaurant – Northern China

Beijing – King’s Joy Restaurant

Editors of the list:Kevin Li & Gary Yin

Beijing – Xinrongji Xinyuan South Road Store

Editors of the list:Meiyu Li & Daniel Yang & Steven Wang & Bo Li

Best Champagne List – Western Restaurant – Eastern China

Shanghai – Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire

Editor of the list:Shawn Xiao

Best Champagne List – Western Restaurant – Western China

Chengdu – Tivano – The Temple House

Editor of the list:Cederic Yao

Best Champagne List – Western Restaurant – Southern China

Shenzhen – Voisin Organique

Editor of the list:Leo Liao

Best Champagne List – Western Restaurant – Northern China

Beijing – La Chansonnière

Editor of the list:Zhensen Ma

Best Champagne List – Less than 30 champagnes – Eastern China

Amazing Chinese Cuisine (Shanghai, BFC)

Editor of the list:TOP SOMM Studio, created by the first Chinese Master Sommelier, Yang Lv

Shanghai – KIINA

Editor of the list:Walter Liu

Best Champagne List – Less than 30 champagnes – Western China

Chongqing – Substance

Editor of the list:Allen Ho

Best Champagne List – Less than 30 champagnes – Southern China

Shenzhen – WU Modern Chao Cuisine

Editor of the list:Alan Zhong

Best Champagne List – Less than 30 champagnes – Northern China

Beijing – Amico BJ

Editors of the list:Meiyu Li & Xiaolong Li & Junhong Jiang

Beijing – The Georg

Editor of the list:Ida Su

Best Champagne List – By the glass

Chongqing – Substance

Editor of the list:Allen Ho

Best Champagne List – Hotel Restaurant – Eastern China

The Middle House Shanghai

Editor of the list:James Teng

The Peninsula Shanghai

Editor of the list:Stephen Lim

Best Champagne List – Hotel Restaurant – Western China

The Temple House Chengdu

Editor of the list:Cederic Yao

Best Champagne List – Hotel Restaurant – Southern China

Raffles Shenzhen

Editor of the list:Emma Liang

Best Champagne List – Hotel Restaurant – Northern China

The Bulgari Beijing Hotel

Editor of the list:Tommy Wang

Kerry Hotel Beijing

Editor of the list:Jacobs Zhang

Best Champagne List – Hotel Restaurant – Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan

Island Shangri-la Hotel Hong Kong

Editors of the list:Yohann Jousselin (Master Sommelier) & Terence Wong & Cherish Ho

Best New Champagne List (Open in 2021)

Shanghai – ENTROPY

Editors of the list:Thomas & Harvey
Chengdu – Hō Wine Bar & Eatery

Editor of the list:Stephen Yang

Shenzhen – L’Allée

Editor of the list:Della Tang

Beijing – Hanshe Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Darren Liu

Best Champagne List – Wine Bar – Eastern China

Shanghai – Le Bouchon by Terroir et Somm

Editor of the list:Guangming Fan

Best Champagne List – Wine Bar – Western China

Chengdu – Hō Wine Bar & Eatery

Editor of the list:Stephen Yang

Best Champagne List – Wine Bar – Southern China

Guangzhou – MuST Natural Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Muti Jansuphapchai

Best Champagne List – Wine Bar – Northern China

Beijing – Hanshe Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Darren Liu

Best Champagne List – Bar – Eastern China

Nanjing – Ting Tang

Editors of the list:Hao Wang & Xiaoke Huang & Bingyan Xue & Suyu Wang

Best Champagne List – Bar – Western China

Chongqing – Substance

Editor of the list:Allen Ho

Chengdu – Tempio Club · TC

Editor of the list:Dylan Ding

Best Champagne List – Bar – Southern China

Shenzhen – The Dockers

Editor of the list:Hongyu Deng

Best Champagne List – Bar – Northern China

Beijing – Hide & Seek Bar and Lounge

Editor of the list:Arno Wang

Beijing – Bubble Bar

Editor of the list:Quan Sun

Best Champagne List – Best Bar Manager

Quan Sun

Best Champagne List – Independent Restaurant

Amazing Chinese Cuisine (Shanghai, BFC)

Editor of the list:TOP SOMM Studio, created by the first Chinese Master Sommelier, Yang Lv

Best Champagne List – Chain Restaurant

Sheng Yong Xing

Le Coq Wine & Bistro

Best Champagne List – Catering Groupe

Savor Group

Best Champagne List – Special prize of 5J Cinco Jotas

Le Coq Wine & Bistro

Best Champagne List – Eastern China

Shanghai – Café Gray Deluxe – The Middle House

Editor of the list:James Teng

Best Champagne List – Western China

Chengdu – Hō Wine Bar & Eatery

Editor of the list:Stephen Yang

Best Champagne List – Southern China

Shenzhen – L’Allée

Editor of the list:Della Tang

Best Champagne List – Northern China

Beijing – Hanshe Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Darren Liu

Best Champagne List – Third place

Shanghai – Café Gray Deluxe – The Middle House

Editor of the list:James Teng

Best Champagne List – Runner-up

Shenzhen – L’Allée

Editor of the list:Della Tang

Best Champagne List – Champion

Beijing – Hanshe Wine Bar

Editor of the list:Darren Liu

Best Champagne List Consultant

TOP SOMM Studio, created by the first Chinese Master Sommelier, Yang Lv

China Best Champagne Sommelier

Darren Liu

 

Sparkling+ Asia’s promise of inviting China’s best champagne sommeliers to visit Champagne in France each year is always valid. We will welcome you to Champagne as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.

2021 CHINA BEST CHAMPAGNE LIST AWARDS is in its 4th edition. Over the years, we have witnessed the development of the champagne sector in Greater China and have shared champagne with more professionals and enthusiasts.

We appreciate the sponsorship of Coravin, Guichi Tea House, Riedel, Kaluga Queen Caviar, S. PELLEGRINO, 5J Cinco Jotas. Thanks for Guichi Tea House, Riedel, and Kaluga Queen Caviar for the lottery prizes during the awarding ceremony dinner: 8 unique gifts from Guichi Tea House, 3 boxes of Riedel veritas champagne wine glass 265th anniversary, 10 gift boxes Kaluga Queen Caviar 15 years of 30 grams of 1280 Yuan.

With the appearance of several new cases in some areas, travel has become less easy for everyone. Once again, we thank all of our friends who attended the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the winners of this competition! Let’s hope for an even more exciting future for champagne in Greater China! We wish you all a happy Chinese New Year! Cheers!

 

 

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