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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - AUSTRALIA

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

Aussie Shiraz is rarely cheap now, but a growing elegance saw a big rise in medals this year – and a lot of happy tasters

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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: ROSE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Spain Australia Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

While the kick-out rate was high, the wines left at the end served as a blunt reminder to sub-standard also-rans of just how good the pink stuff can be

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SWA 2011: OTHER FORTIFIED

01-05-2011 | Category: Fortified Australia Portugal Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

No Golds, but plenty of positive feedback. A good hunting ground for those of you who ‘do’ esoteric on your list

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SWA 2011: VARIETAL CLASSICS - AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ

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

Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points

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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 - 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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The Greatest Riesling on Earth

01-05-2011 | Category: Germany Italy Chile USA White only Australia New Zealand Alsace

Riesling is making itself at home in more and more countries, but where is it performing best? Clinton Cawood joins an eager sommelier panel for a top-notch tasting that pits Old World against New World and some acknowledged masters against hungry, young upstarts

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SWA 2011: CRITICS' CHOICE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain USA Red only White only Sparkling Australia New Zealand

The Sommelier Wine Awards doesn’t give out trophies per category because we’re worried that tasters will feel under pressure to dispense extra awards in categories where they may not believe the wines are up to it. Instead, in keeping with the whole ethos of the competition, we leave the judgement up to the sommeliers…

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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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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - OTHER WHITES

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

Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters

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