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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
There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012
A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth
Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
A successful haul for this must-list variety, with Chile achieving a bit of a David versus Goliath giant-slaying
Food Match Awards
Astonishing value for money from the Chileans, as you’d expect, but not enough wines with the wow factor
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
Plenty of entries, and plenty of ambition, too, for this hot, new category. Just not quite enough balance in the wines
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
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.
After a shocking first year in the SWAs, Carmenère found its feet with some style this year, delivering some great wines
Themed food-and-wine evenings can be a great way to sell Argentinian wine... and pack out your venue at the same time. Chris Losh talks to five places about what they did and why it worked
The usual mixture of styles, and a mixed bag of results too, with harsh criticism from the judges, but also more Gold Listed wines than ever before