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A smorgasbord of styles and an awful lot to get excited about right the way through the medal categories
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
With the pricier wines often still a little on the austere side, our tasters contented themselves this year with an affordable yet typical example for the Gold List
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 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
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
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
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 a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters
A good, rather than great, year for white Burgundy with the 2008s often too tight and 2009s fractionally too young
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.
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
The French law prohibiting the sale of products bearing the name absinthe is set to be lifted.
A mixed delivery of Chapoutier wine was stolen last week en route to Cert Octavian.
Château Latour owner François Pinault has moved to acquire famed Rhône Valley estate Château-Grillet, one of the few in France to have its own AOC.