Best Value Wine List in the World

It is not possible to put a price on the joy of visiting some of the best restaurants and bars in the world, whether they are large or small, city centre or local neighbourhood establishments. However it is possible to make some assessment of the value for money represented in different wine lists. The Judges of the World’s Best Wine Lists have decided that, in order to extend the joy of exploring wine lists to all comers, it would be fair to establish a category for the Best Value Wine List. The sommeliers compiling these lists are having to juggle a range of considerations that impact on value and it is not always straightforward. The Judges continued to bear in mind the other criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, and design, while assessing for value.  

Wild Ginger, Seattle - Global Winner 2021

Since opening in 1989, Wild Ginger has become a fixture on the Seattle dining scene, attracting rave reviews for its creative take on the South East Asian cuisine that owners Rich and Ann Yoder fell in love with while backpacking in the region in the 1980s. Authenticity is the watchword in the kitchen, which recreates recipes from “across the Eastern Pacific Rim, from China to Indonesia, and Malaysia to Vietnam.”

With these complex, often highly spiced dishes, special attention is required on the wine list to find compatible choices. It’s no surprise, then, that the list is particularly strong on aromatic white wines: the Riesling list, for example, is superb, taking in the best of Germany (by region, and including extensive verticals from the likes of Dönnhoff, JJ Prüm, and Willi Schaefer), Alsace, and Austria, as well as the great Australian producer Grosset from the Clare Valley. Pinot Noir (Burgundian, Oregonian, and Californian) and Syrah (the Rhône, Australia) are other strengths. As is the selection of the best local Cabernet and Merlot from producers in Washington State and a little further south down the West Coast. It’s a list that our judges felt was put together with imagination and excellent taste. Wild Ginger was Regional Winner for North America.


Address: 1401 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101, United States


Regional Winners - Best Value Wine List in the World 2021