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L'Autre Cabernet

01-03-2012 | Category: France Tastings Red only

Loire Cabernet Franc can be elegant, well-priced and food-friendly. Clinton Cawood calls together an Imbibe panel to see whether the grape can stand on its own two feet and achieve the same success as its big brother cabernet Sauvignon

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Bordeaux 2010: Faith, Hype, Charity

01-09-2011 | Category: France Red only

CYNICS MIGHT POINT OUT THAT 2010 IS BORDEAUX’S SEVENTH ‘VINTAGE OF THE CENTURY’

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - LOIRE & SANCERRE

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

The magnificent 2009 vintage left its gilt-edged fingerprints all over this year’s Loire submissions, with spectacular, seductive reds and vibrant Chenin Blancs in particular

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - BEAUJOLAIS

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

Arguably the standout category of this year’s SWA, Beaujolais delivered some terrific wines at fantastic prices

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SWA 2011: ALSACE - GERMANY - AUSTRIA

01-05-2011 | Category: Germany Austria Red only White only Alsace Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A smorgasbord of styles and an awful lot to get excited about right the way through the medal categories

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SWA 2011: REST OF FRANCE

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

Despite having definite regional character, the number of Golds for the South of France continues to decrease, with ‘decent’ rather than ‘amazing’ the order of the day

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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: FRANCE - BORDEAUX

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

A depressing paucity of white entries, but the best red showing since the birth of the SWAs, with high-quality, individual wines right across the price points

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - RHONE

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

Once again, the Rhône was one of the standout categories of the competition, with great wines – red and white – across the region and across the price points

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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: FRANCE - RED BURGUNDY

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

With a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters

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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: BY THE GLASS AWARDS

01-05-2011 | Category: France Spain Chile USA Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

In the past, a By The Glass award has gone to wines that match specific dishes – the theory being that they could be served by the glass as ready matches with a meal.

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True to hype

01-03-2011 | Category: Burgundy People Red only

Could the enthusiasm about the latest Burgundy release be warranted this time? Clinton Cawood buttonholes some sommeliers at the January tastings and finds reasons for genuine excitement

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