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24-01-2014 | Category: France Argentina Chile Tastings Wines New Zealand

The best of this week's New Zealand and Liberty Wine annual tastings

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - OTHER REDS

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Australia South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SAUVIGNON BLANC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile White only New Zealand South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CHARDONNAY

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile USA White only Australia New Zealand South Africa Chardonnay Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET & SHIRAZ

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Australia Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - PINOT NOIR - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile USA Red only Australia Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only New Zealand South Africa Grenache Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET SAUVIGNON - MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina USA Red only Australia South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - VIOGNIER

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile White only Australia New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Still no Golds for Viognier, though certainly lighter, fresher, more food-friendly wines than in previous years

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SWA 2011: GOLD LIST

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain Argentina Chile USA Red only White only Sparkling

Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - RIESLING

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile White only Australia New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Entries of this much-favoured grape may well have been more or less evenly split between Australia and New Zealand, but this year the latter definitely came out on top

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SWA 2011: HOUSE WINES

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain Chile Red only White only Australia New Zealand South Africa

With screwcaps to the fore, the quality of the whites (particularly) and the reds here was amazing for the price. Rosé was another matter entirely

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Other Whites

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

The New World’s emerging white wine categories have been patchy in previous SWAs. But this year, there were some genuinely impressive – and cheap – wines

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Pinot Gris

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

A smallish but dynamic section, our sommeliers found some really good, food-friendly wines here at prices that make them all well worth a look

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