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Sommelier Wine Awards: Wines of the Year 2011

01-09-2011 | Category: Competitions Red only White only Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

This year’s Imbibe Live event at Earls Court saw over two dozen sommeliers tasting some of the top wines from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition to find out which bottles received the ultimate accolade. Chris Losh recorded the results

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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: NEW WORLD - OTHER REDS

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

Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - AUSTRALIA

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

Aussie Shiraz is rarely cheap now, but a growing elegance saw a big rise in medals this year – and a lot of happy tasters

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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: VARIETAL CLASSICS - AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ

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

Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - PINOT NOIR - NEW ZEALAND

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

A big improvement on last year’s medal haul, although with nothing under a tenner, it came at a price…

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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: NEW WORLD - CABERNET & SHIRAZ

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

There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012

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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 - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - THE REST OF THE WORLD

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

Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World

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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: NEW WORLD - MALBEC

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

A successful haul for this must-list variety, with Chile achieving a bit of a David versus Goliath giant-slaying

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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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