Truffles

In the introduction to his list at St-Louis fine-dining restaurant, Truffles, wine director Aleksandar Jovanovic states his aim is to, “provide a comprehensive overview of some of the world’s greatest wine regions and their best wineries,” offering “a mix of great wines and some of the best values on the market today.”

It’s a target that the judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists awards thought he’d not merely achieved but exceeded, and Jovanovic’s selection continues to impress after four consecutive years on the list. “This is a brilliant range,” the judges said. “A spacious layout with some lovely original touches. Comprehensive choice in every region, style and serving size. Bravo!” It’s clear the man behind the list is meticulous and knowledgeable when crafting this accurate and well-selected list.

It’s one of those lists where the wines that may be considered esoteric are treated with equal respect to the established classics. You’ll find a range of top producers, including rare mature vintages, from Burgundy, California, Bordeaux, the Rhône, Tuscany, and Piemonte. But these rub shoulders with hip choices such as Armenian red Zorah Areni Noir Karasì or skin-contact Friulian “orange wines” such as Radikon Ribolla Gialla, and bargain finds such as Tikveš Vranec Special Selection from Macedonia ($33). There’s even space (although only at Christmas) for the much–maligned Beaujolais Nouveau. Something, as Jovanovic says, for everyone.