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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: 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: FRANCE - CHABLIS

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

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

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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: 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: FRANCE - WHITE BURGUNDY

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

A good, rather than great, year for white Burgundy with the 2008s often too tight and 2009s fractionally too young

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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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Absinthe ban lifted

21-04-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails France News

The French law prohibiting the sale of products bearing the name absinthe is set to be lifted.

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Black market bottles

08-04-2011 | Category: France England Wines News

A mixed delivery of Chapoutier wine was stolen last week en route to Cert Octavian.

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An appellation of its own

04-04-2011 | Category: Rhone Wines News

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.

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Breakfast wine promo ruled irresponsible

01-04-2011 | Category: Burgundy Wines News

Advertising watchdogs have banned a Corney & Barrow ad publicising a 'Beaujolais breakfast' offer.

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