Aribtrageur On Featherston Wins Another Wine Award
8 September 2006
Aribtrageur On Featherston St Wins Another Wine Award
Wellington’s Arbitrageur Restaurant on Featherston Street has won its second major award in a month after being judged the overall national winner of the Lace Fine Wine Merchants award for its wine list this week.
The awards attracted over 200 entries from all over New Zealand, with Wellington establishments providing four of the six category winners.
A fortnight ago Arbitrageur was accorded worldwide recognition from the US-based Wine Spectator magazine, which gives recognition to restaurants with wine lists that display vintage depth, vertical offerings of several top wines, excellent breadth from major wine growing regions and typically 400 or more selections.
Arbitrageur director Chris Green said the restaurant had grown its wine cellar to around 5000 bottles represented by more than 670 different labels from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, US, South America and the wine regions of New Zealand.
Arbitrageur’s point of difference is a menu with country of origin meals that can be matched to the international wine list. A novel colour coding describes the wines that live behind foreign language labels.
“This takes the mystery out of wine tasting and food matching and makes people less hesitant to try different wine and food combinations,” Mr Green said.