As far as I understand the award is for the list only, not the service that goes with it.
You won't get too many people sympathising with you about the lack of sommeliers on these boards, because most people here think they can do a better job selecting wine than a professional sommelier. For one or two that may even be true.
The most common complaint I have heard about the award on these boards is restaurants that do not stock what's on the wine list that won the award. Some have gone as far as to suggest that there's some bait and switch happening, so if Via Allegro stocks what's on its list that puts them ahead of some others in the game.