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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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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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