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14-11-2013 | Category: USA Tastings Events Wines News

California, Oregon and Washington State team up for UK annual tasting in 2014

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Tasting Room

17-05-2013 | Category: France Canada Tastings Events Wines

In which we wander rather far from the beaten track to taste wines from Jura and Canada

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The Fog On The Vine

01-05-2013 | Category: Chile USA Tastings Opinions Chardonnay

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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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - ZINFANDEL

01-05-2011 | Category: USA Zinfandel Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A small category, and not exactly a must-stock, but the Zins showed good typicity and matching potential for gutsy food

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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 - PINOT NOIR - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile USA Red only Australia Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET SAUVIGNON - MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina USA Red only Australia South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way

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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: 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: 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: NEW WORLD - OTHER WHITES

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

Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Other Whites

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

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

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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: New World - Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Pinot Gris

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

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

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