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SWA 2011: PORT

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

A decent showing for all styles at the Silver and Bronze levels, though the Gold List this year remained the preserve of pricier tawny and vintage entries

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SWA 2011: SHERRY

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

Some great wines and amazing prices. In fact, it was only the category’s persistent (and troubling) lack of fashionability that prevented more Golds being awarded

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SWA 2011: VARIETAL CLASSICS - AUSTRALIAN SHIRAZ

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

Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points

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SWA 2011: SWEET WINES

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

Superlative examples and high prices on the Gold List, so if it’s bargains you’re after, look lower down!

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - PINOT NOIR - NEW ZEALAND

01-05-2011 | Category: Red only New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A big improvement on last year’s medal haul, although with nothing under a tenner, it came at a price…

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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 - CABERNET & SHIRAZ

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only Australia Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012

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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: HOW IT WORKS

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

Your questions answered about the 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards...

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SYRAH - SHIRAZ & GRENACHE - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Chile Red only New Zealand South Africa Grenache Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CABERNET SAUVIGNON - MERLOT & CABERNET FRANC - THE REST OF THE WORLD

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina USA Red only Australia South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - MALBEC

01-05-2011 | Category: Argentina Chile Red only Malbec Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A successful haul for this must-list variety, with Chile achieving a bit of a David versus Goliath giant-slaying

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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: FRANCE - RED BURGUNDY

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

With a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters

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SWA 2011: REST OF EUROPE

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

Too few entries. The Lebanese producer Ksara performed well but where were the Greeks and Eastern Europeans?

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