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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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

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

Where did the last five years go? It seems like only last year that we were judging the first ever Sommelier Wine Awards. In fact, we started back in 2007.

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SWA 2011: THE JUDGES

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

Our esteemed panel of sommelier judges

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The Sleekest Pink: Rose Champagne

01-03-2011 | Category: Tastings Sparkling Rosé only

Yes, it’s chic. And yes, it’s elegant. But its higher price means that if you want to sell rosé champagne during an economic downturn, you’re going to have to work harder than ever. Natasha Hughes reports

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Red, white, I haven't a clue

01-03-2011 | Category: Tastings Events Wines

When staff wine knowledge amounts to little more than an awareness that it comes in three colours, you’ve got a problem. Henrietta Clancy goes back to school for a course that aims to inspire confidence in the uninitiated

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Red, Gold & Green: Aperitifs and Bitters

01-03-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Other mixers & soft drinks Tastings

Bitter, sweet, spicy, herbal... Europe is home to a fascinating array of aperitifs, digestifs and herbal liqueurs that are full of potential for the adventurous mixologist. Alice Lascelles assembled a panel to taste some contenders ranging from 400-year-old elixirs to newcomers hot off the still

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Tasting Touriga and more

22-02-2011 | Category: Tastings Wines Portugal

As Portuguese wines sales to the UK double in value, don’t miss the Annual Tasting of Portuguese Wines next week in London.

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