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SWA 2011: REST OF SPAIN - WHITE - ROSE

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

A somewhat muted performance after the high medal count of last year, with the much-vaunted Galicia, in particular, something of a disappointment in 2011

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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: 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: 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 ITALY - WHITE

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

Some good, food-friendly wines in here but very few, surprisingly, that were amazing value for money

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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: FRANCE - CHABLIS

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

With the pricier wines often still a little on the austere side, our tasters contented themselves this year with an affordable yet typical example for the Gold List

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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: FRANCE - BORDEAUX

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

A depressing paucity of white entries, but the best red showing since the birth of the SWAs, with high-quality, individual wines right across the price points

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SWA 2011: FRANCE - RHONE

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

Once again, the Rhône was one of the standout categories of the competition, with great wines – red and white – across the region and across the price points

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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: FRANCE - WHITE BURGUNDY

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

A good, rather than great, year for white Burgundy with the 2008s often too tight and 2009s fractionally too young

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SWA 2011: HOUSE WINES

01-05-2011 | Category: France Germany Italy Spain Chile Red only White only Australia New Zealand South Africa

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

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