Portland Retains the World’s Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List
Pix Pâtisserie wins the title (again) for a groundbreaking four years straight
Portland’s very own beloved and longstanding dessert oasis has made history once again, winning the title of “World’s Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List” for the fourth year in a row. This award comes from the prestigious and authoritative wine publication, The World of Fine Wine, in London.
“Portland’s Pix Pâtisserie retained its grip on the Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in the World, picking up the title for a remarkable fourth year running.”
“Wakerhauser is full of passion, as can be reflected in the wine list, and applies much attention to detail, ensuring as many bottles as possible include clearly displayed disgorgement dates, for example. Our judges were impressed once again this year—remarking on Pix Patisserie’s offering of ‘superlative Sherry’, and by-the-glass options, but also drawing attention to the wide-ranging but excellent selection of Champagne available.”
“An amazing monumental selection.” – Judge Elin McCoy
The judges were impressed with the sheer selection of champagne, sparkling wine and sherry on the list, as well as the economical pricing, precise organization, most impressively, the listing of disgorgement dates. “You know exactly what you’re getting,” commented Tom Stevenson, judge and globally respected champagne expert. The wine list, created by Pix’s owner and executive chef Cheryl Wakerhauser, contains over 400 champagnes, 100 sparkling wines from across the globe and 120 sherries, representing all price points and bottle sizes. In an interview last year with Wakerhauser, asking what being featured in The World of Fine Wine for the third year running means to her, she replied,
“Well this is the third year I have won, the first year I was in shock, the second year I was amazed and this year, I feel proud – all the hard work that my staff and myself have put in, to be a part of this list and the fact there’s a publication that recognizes all the hard work we put together is just awesome and I feel really proud of what we have accomplished.”
About The World’s Best Wine List (WBWL) Awards
The World’s Best Wine Lists is the most prestigious and rigorous wine list awards, judging over 4,500 restaurants lists worldwide. Each year the awards highlight prominent wine lists in wine establishments around the world. World of Fine Wine assembled a panel judges to assess each list to guarantee the credibility and integrity of the competition and to put each submitted list through an intensive judging process.
In 2017 the awards judging panel contained some of the world’s leading critics and masters of wine from around the globe including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Anne Kriebiehl MW, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson, Francis Percival, Luciana Girotto, and chaired by WFW editor Neil Beckett.
All award-winning wine lists must reach certain standards in relation to a range of criteria, among which the most important are: the breadth, depth, interest, quality, and value of the wine selection (relative to the nature and size of the list and any specialism); the clarity of the organization and presentation; the accuracy and completeness of the information for each entry on the list, including origin, producer, wine, vintage, price, and format or serving size; the suitability of the selection in terms of the cuisine and the establishment.
About The World of Fine Wine
Named Louis Roederer International Wine Publication of the Year three years running (2010, 2011 and 2012), we – The World of Fine Wine – are an award-winning magazine, website and app speaking to an international readership of discerning individuals who each share a passion for wine. We take a sophisticated approach to the assessment of fine wine that is neither dominated by fad or fashion, nor one individual palate, nor the latest over-hyped wines. The publication appeals to a broad spectrum of wine lovers because of the range of subject matter we cover and the quality and depth of the articles written on these academic topics. Working with some of the world’s most respected wine writers, we offer authoritative editorial content that is seeing us become the go-to place for the global fine wine aficionado. We are a quarterly publication with subscribers extending across 30 countries.
About Pix Pâtisserie & Bar Vivant
Established in 2001, Pix Pâtisserie creates exceptional quality French desserts, macarons, chocolates and ice creams on Portland’s East side. Owner and executive chef, Cheryl Wakerhauser, learned her craft in France under the direction of MOF Philippe URRACA, president since 2003 of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Pâtissiers. In 2015, Pix was named one of “12 Restaurants for Top Notch Champagne” by Wine Spectator and has received a “Best of Award of Excellence” from the magazine for the past four years. Pix shares its home with Bar Vivant, a San Sebastián style tapas bar serving simple, but high quality bar snacks, including traditional pintxos and an extensive line of conservas. While Pix has been known for its fabulous desserts and extensive champagne list, Bar Vivant brings a savory side to complement your drinks and an outstanding selection of sherry. Bar Vivant was named one of the “Best Sherry Bars in the Nation” by Wine Enthusiast in 2015.