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Beauty and the Barolo

18-06-2014 | Category: Italy Tastings Red only News

It turns out Piedmont’s monster Nebbiolo has a delicate, elegant side – one that it’s increasingly willing to show to the world. Clinton Cawood joins a panel of somms braced for tannin and finding true love…

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L'Autre Cabernet

01-03-2012 | Category: France Tastings Red only

Loire Cabernet Franc can be elegant, well-priced and food-friendly. Clinton Cawood calls together an Imbibe panel to see whether the grape can stand on its own two feet and achieve the same success as its big brother cabernet Sauvignon

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King of Spain

01-07-2011 | Category: Spain Tastings Red only

Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat all make much of their aristocratic roots. Clinton Cawood joins a team of tannin-hardened sommeliers to put their top wines to the test and find out which region has the strongest claim to the Spanish throne

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SWA 2011: REST OF SPAIN - RED

01-05-2011 | Category: Spain Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Some great-value wines on the Gold List together with a few top-end ones, too. With more controlled oak use, in future years this is a category that could really fly

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SWA 2011: SPAIN - RIOJA

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

A broad selection of decent, well-made wines, but far fewer for our tasters to get really excited about

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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: PORTUGAL

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

Somewhat under-powered compared to previous years, our tasters would have liked to see a bit more evidence of this country’s famous quirky individuality

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SWA 2011: ITALY - CHIANTI

01-05-2011 | Category: Italy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

With good value evident across the range and a variety of styles on show, there was something for every restaurant in these must-stock medal-winners

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SWA 2011: ITALY - BAROLO - BARBARESCO

01-05-2011 | Category: Italy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

High quality came hand in hand with high prices, with the best examples combining a strong regional character with a more approachable modernity

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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: 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: ITALY - TUSCANY

01-05-2011 | Category: Italy Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

An interesting and diverse category, Tuscany seemed to have everything from ‘affordable and local’ to ‘blinged up and international’

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