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The Rees Hotel Queenstown Doubles Up on International Wine Awards

July 16, 2016 Accolades No Comments Email Email

What’s better than winning an award? Winning two awards! Once again, The Rees has outdone itself and scooped not one, but two international wine awards for its cellar.


True South Dining Room at The Rees Hotel, Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s exclusive top tier restaurants, has been awarded both the prestigious 2016 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator, for the fourth consecutive year. To top it off, True South Dining Room, has also been awarded an esteemed two stars in the World of Fine Wine “World’s Best Wine Lists Awards” for 2016.

The internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator’s annual Excellence Awards recognise a wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine. The World of Fine Wine “World’s Best Wine Lists Awards” judged and assessed well over 4,500 wine lists from restaurants around the world before selecting the finalists. In The Rees’ category, only 290 restaurants were recognised globally.

True South Dining Room has an exclusive library of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines with vintages selected from many of the great houses. Wines from world-renown chateaux such as Romanee Conti, Chateau d’Yquem, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Lynch Bages nestle with some of the great wines of Central Otago, New Zealand, Australia and Italy in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeaux Wine Lounge.

Mark Rose, The Rees Hotel Queenstown General Manager says it’s the restaurant’s ability to match exquisite wine with fresh local dishes in addition to an holistic wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairing and the True South Culinary Series – that sets the restaurant apart for these awards. True South Dining celebrates their support of local vineyards through their Culinary Series dinners held throughout the year. This year’s Culinary Series began with the hugely successful five course meal paired with Misha Vineyard Wines from Central Otago which was held in January. The next in the Culinary Series will be held in September and feature champagne.

Mark Rose says these Awards are ongoing recognition of the effort put into building a world-class cellar while confirming True South Dining Room as one of New Zealand’s elite dining experiences. “To be recognised not just once, but twice by two prominent and respected reviewers for our cellar choices, is an outstanding achievement and a great outcome for The Rees this year”.

It’s not the first time the Queenstown restaurant has received accolades for its fine dining and wine list. The restaurant was named a s Premier Award winner in the inaugural taste of New Zealand Awards (TONZA) programme in 2011, a Wine Spectator award winner each year since 2012, and Head Chef Ben Batterbury was selected as an Ambassador Chef in 2012, 13 & 14 in the NZ Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards, winner of Best Ora King Salmon Dish in New Zealand 2014 and Highly Commended Award for Best Hotel Chef in the Australia/New Zealand/ Pacific 2014 HM Awards, hosted annually by Australia’s HM Magazine.

If these two major wine awards are still not enough, watch our website for more, as The Rees has been nominated in the 2016 World Ski Awards for New Zealand’s Best Ski Hotel.
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The Rees Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
The Rees Hotel blends chic five star accommodation with all the comforts of home and the service and facilities of an elite international hotel. Situated on the absolute lakefront, The Rees’ terraced construction delivers complete privacy and showcases panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.

Wine Spectator
These awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. To qualify for an award, the list must present complete, accurate wine information. It must include vintages and appellations for all selections, including wines available by the glass
Complete producer names and correct spellings are mandatory, while the overall presentation and appearance of the list is also taken into consideration.

Award of Excellence is given for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Typically, these lists offer at least 90 selections.

World of Fine Wine
The awards are judged by a panel containing some of the world’s leading wine critics and sommeliers from around the globe including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson, Francis Percival, and Editor Neil Beckett. Guest judges this year were Daniel Humm and Wine Director Cedric Nicaise from Eleven Madison Park in New York, winners of the World’s Best Wine List in 2015. The judges assessed well over 4,500 wine lists from restaurants around the world before coming up with the final 817 one-, two- and three-star wine lists. Only 290 restaurants were recognized for the esteemed two-star award.

True South Dining Room
The True South Dining Room at our Queenstown luxury hotel epitomises sophisticated elegant dining with an emphasis on the fantastic produce from our district, served in truly mouth-watering dishes.

A new menu is created monthly with the best seasonal ingredients showcasing the talents and passion of our creative chefs and the strong relationships they have developed with their local epicurean suppliers. True South is stylish and sumptuous, perfect for an evening of the most delicious food and splendid wine.

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