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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CHARDONNAY

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile USA White only Australia New Zealand South Africa Chardonnay Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SAUVIGNON BLANC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile White only New Zealand South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too

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The Imbibe Debate: KiwiSauvigon

01-05-2011 | Category: Wines New Zealand

Iconic it might be, but Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is not without its detractors. James Lawrence asks two industry experts whether it’s time for the country to shed its Sauvignon obsession

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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: VARIETAL CLASSICS - NZ SAUVIGNON BLANC

01-05-2011 | Category: New Zealand Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

The customers’ love of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc shows no sign of abating, and the strong performance of this category shows why they may have a point

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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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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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Up top down under

18-03-2011 | Category: Vodka Competitions New Zealand News

Italy has emerged triumphant at this year's 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand.

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NZ earthquake appeal

07-03-2011 | Category: Wines New Zealand News

New Zealand winery Felton Road is doing its part to help in the aftermath of the recent Christchurch earthquake.

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Franco-Kiwi collaboration

17-09-2010 | Category: France Wines New Zealand News

Metis is a Sauvignon Blanc dubbed by its producers as ‘the finest in New Zealand’ and an ‘icon’ for the future.

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Montana becomes Brancott Estate

24-06-2010 | Category: Wines New Zealand News

New Zealand wine brand changes its name.

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Thyme for a change

22-04-2010 | Category: Vodka New Zealand News

News from 42 Below: Plans for new reduced-height bottles, and this year's thyme-related Cocktail World Cup winner.

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Belfast triumphs in World Cup

19-02-2010 | Category: Vodka Competitions New Zealand News

Team Belfast took top honours in the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup 2010 national final at Shoreditch House on 15th February.

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chenin Blanc

03-02-2010 | Category: USA White only New Zealand South Africa Chenin Blanc Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Varietal Classics - New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc

02-02-2010 | Category: White only New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Arguably the best performance from Kiwi Sauvignon since the start of the Sommelier Wine Awards, with variety and decent value too

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