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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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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - CHARDONNAY

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

Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa

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SWA 2011: NEW WORLD - SAUVIGNON BLANC

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

Some good-value wines but the relatively low ratio of entries to medals suggests a lot of bandwagon-jumping, too

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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: 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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