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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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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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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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