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SWA 2011: What the trade thinks

01-05-2011 | Category: Wines Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Whether small or large, there’s a place for you in the SWA. Don’t just take our word for it: here’s what a quartet of the UK’s leading suppliers think about the Sommelier Wine Awards

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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: 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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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: 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: NEW WORLD - RIESLING

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile White only Australia New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Entries of this much-favoured grape may well have been more or less evenly split between Australia and New Zealand, but this year the latter definitely came out on top

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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 - 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 - ZINFANDEL

01-05-2011 | Category: USA Zinfandel Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A small category, and not exactly a must-stock, but the Zins showed good typicity and matching potential for gutsy food

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Beau Selecta: Tasting & Matching Beaujolais

01-05-2011 | Category: Tastings Red only

Is 2009 Beaujolais worth the hype? Andrew Catchpole joins a group of sommeliers to find out what’s nouveau

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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 - 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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Liquid Gold - Tasting & Matching Irish Whisky

01-05-2011 | Category: Whisky / Whiskey Tastings

Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing dark spirit, so it’s high time you expanded your selection. Neil Ridley and a panel of tasters put several of the top releases through their paces

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - VIOGNIER

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile White only Australia New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Still no Golds for Viognier, though certainly lighter, fresher, more food-friendly wines than in previous years

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