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More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
Still no Golds for Viognier, though certainly lighter, fresher, more food-friendly wines than in previous years
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 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
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
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…
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
Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters
The Aussies might not be able to play cricket any more, but restaurants are ever more in love with their wines. To redress the pain of being thrashed by the Poms, Chris Losh asked Imbibe’s own Salami Army (well, a selection of top sommeliers and restaurateurs) to name their favourite people and places Down Under
Wine importer PLB has teamed up with family-owned Australian winery Brown Brothers in the UK
Wine Australia has launched a new campaign designed to communicate ‘the personalities and places which define Australian wine’.
Pinot might be something of a niche in Australia’s red wine portfolio, but it’s a growing one, and it already has a passionate coterie of admirers. Chris Losh watches on as a room full of European sommeliers get ready to feel the lurve...
Jacob’s Creek is making use of Farringdon restaurant Dans Le Noir to hold wine tastings in the dark.
Riesling has begun to carve a real niche for itself Down Under. At a recent seminar, Chris Losh joined a team of eager sommeliers as they got to grips with the regional styles of Clare and Eden Valleys – and marvelled at the grape’s ability to provide wines that represent astonishing value for money
Australia's De Bortoli is preparing a renewed thrust into the on-trade after securing a number of prestigious restaurant listings for its Yarra Valley wines.