Best Short Wine List in the World

2020 Winner

Shorter lists can be even more challenging to judge than longer lists. The category of Best Short Wine List includes lists that feature between 100 and 200 wines (at 75cl bottle-size). With a list of this size, those responsible are having to make very clear selections and set out their ambitions and priorities. While the list can still include depth in particular wine regions, styles, or grape varieties, the focus is sharper. The wine lover becomes engaged with the choice as if in conversation with a friend. Judges still consider the criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value when reaching their decision. 


Supernormal restaurant in Melbourne is part of the successful group of restaurants run and owned by Andrew McConnell. It matches an Asian cuisine to an undeniably Japanese interior. Despite it’s name, the restaurant is quirky and witty with playful Japanese items accenting the space including katakana signage, neon cherries, and even Japanese snack vending machines. Influences from Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Seoul are reflected throughout the Japanese-focused menu. The wine list is honest and interesting, reflecting the venue’s eccentric theme providing a good mix and match selection and some affordable options. The list is well-presented with descriptions of the wine included for diners’ use.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, ACT, Australia 3000

Runner-Up - Best Short Wine List in the World - 2020