Best Sake List outside Japan

2020 winner

The World’s Best Wine Lists recognizes the growing global appreciation and availability of sake. The Best Sake List outside Japan category highlights the lists that focus almost exclusively on sake or have a particularly strong selection of sake within a broader offering. Knowledge of sake among restaurateurs and sommeliers around the world is growing rapidly, alongside the appreciation of Japanese culture, cuisine, and design. Despite the different origins, raw materials, and production techniques of sake and wine, the sake sections of lists are judged by the same criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.


Cocoro is located in a quiet side street Ponsonby, New Zealand, that features new style Japanese cuisine. The name means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese and was chosen because the Cocoro team aims to provide their food and service with their heart and soul. The wine list covers wines from New Zealand and other parts of the world with an emphasis on organic/ biodynamic varieties. This is put together in a curious and practical wine list that is fairly unique. Cocoro also offers a wide range of Japanese Sake that focus on the “Jun Mai” pure rice variety.

56a Brown Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand 1021 

Runner-Up - Best Sake List outside Japan - 2020