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In which we wander rather far from the beaten track to taste wines from Jura and Canada
Fog, rolling in from the Pacific, tempers the relentless sunshine of California and Chile and allows them to make elegant white wines. Clinton Cawood joins a bunch of sommeliers as they get to grips with some misty Chardonnays
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A small category, and not exactly a must-stock, but the Zins showed good typicity and matching potential for gutsy food
Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa
A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
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…
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.
Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters
The New World’s emerging white wine categories have been patchy in previous SWAs. But this year, there were some genuinely impressive – and cheap – wines
Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa
A smallish but dynamic section, our sommeliers found some really good, food-friendly wines here at prices that make them all well worth a look
Lots of wine, plenty of freshness, but not, for the most part, enough ambition. New World Sauvignon Blanc is a category that is rather treading water at the moment