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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 - PINOT NOIR - THE REST OF THE WORLD

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

A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth

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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 - 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: OTHER FORTIFIED

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

No Golds, but plenty of positive feedback. A good hunting ground for those of you who ‘do’ esoteric on your list

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SWA 2011: MERCHANT AWARDS 2011

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

Every year for the last three years, our team has taken a look at who’s done what in the competition and made special awards to the submitters.

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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: ROSE

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

While the kick-out rate was high, the wines left at the end served as a blunt reminder to sub-standard also-rans of just how good the pink stuff can be

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SWA 2011: SPARKLING ROSE

01-05-2011 | Category: France Italy Sparkling Rosé only Sommelier Wine Awards 2011

A poorly performing category in previous SWAs, this year sparkling rosé managed to provide a string of good examples across all the price points

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SWA 2011: SPARKLING WINE & CHAMPAGNE - £14-20

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

Though entries at this price are still dominated by NV Champagnes, this year’s slot on the Gold List went, for the first time, to the New World

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