Judges rate worthy lists with one, two, or three stars (not all entered lists receive a star). Among the criteria are breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.
Category Awards (Regional and Global):
Judges recognize best-in-class establishments in some 20 categories, including Best Micro, Best Short, Best Medium-Size, Best Long, Best Wine-by-the-Glass (With and Without Coravin®), Best Hotel, Best Wine Bar, Best New, Most Original, Best Value. These awards are made for each of six regions: North America, Central and South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australasia (Regional Category Awards). The six regional winners in each category are then considered for the global title in each category (Global Category Awards).
Judges may award a Jury Prize to lists that they wish to recognize for a particular quality or set of qualities; for example, lists that demonstrate distinctive character and flair, strength in a specific wine style, exceptionally good value, or all-round excellence.