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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

03-02-2010 | Category: Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

So, here we are again, with the results of Imbibe’s third Sommelier Wine Awards. I’m sure you know by now what we’re all about, but just in case you don’t, let me sum it up for you in 10 words: this is a wine competition aimed squarely at the on-trade.

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Gold List Winners

03-02-2010 | Category: Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

All the winners of the 2009 SWA Gold List awards, across all categories

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Critics' Choice

03-02-2010 | Category: Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

In last year’s Sommelier Wine Awards we introduced a one-off discretionary award for a wine that was incredibly popular with the judges. It didn’t win any of the particular By The Glass awards but the sommeliers felt that it needed extra recognition. The Critics’ Choice Award was born!

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: By the Glass Awards

03-02-2010 | Category: Matching Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Finding wines that work well with food is so obviously the most important aspect of putting together any wine list that this had to be a part of the Sommelier Wine Awards.

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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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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon

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

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

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chardonnay

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

Plenty of decent bottles and very few dogs meant that our tasters were positive about New World Chardonnay, though genuine excitement was in short supply

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Other Reds

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

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

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Malbec

02-02-2010 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Malbec Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

One of the stars of this year’s competition, the New World Malbec category offered value for money, consistency and a customer-friendly style of wine that should suit every kind of establishment from gastropub to white tablecloth

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Pinot Noir

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

New World Pinot’s strongest showing yet – and heartening signs of winemakers finding their feet with the grape as big fruit gets replaced with a more restrained style

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Syrah & Grenache

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

Some very good wines here, with our tasters generally favouring those from the cooler climates and the mid-price points over expensive blockbusters

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Carmenere

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

Chile, again, was the country to catch, with Gold Listed wines throughout the price points. On this evidence, the Kiwis and Aussies need to pull their socks up

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Rest of Europe

02-02-2010 | Category: Europe Red only Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

High prices, for the most part, but some good, interesting wines, and no shortage of ambition from the winemakers. A good way to add interest to the classics on your list

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