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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
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
Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points
Superlative examples and high prices on the Gold List, so if it’s bargains you’re after, look lower down!
A big improvement on last year’s medal haul, although with nothing under a tenner, it came at a price…
Arguably the standout category of this year’s SWA, Beaujolais delivered some terrific wines at fantastic prices
There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012
A good, rather than great, year for white Burgundy with the 2008s often too tight and 2009s fractionally too young
Your questions answered about the 2011 Sommelier Wine Awards...
Good wines, good prices and a variety of styles, Syrah was one of the stand-out varieties for the New World
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
A successful haul for this must-list variety, with Chile achieving a bit of a David versus Goliath giant-slaying
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
With a general lack of great available vintages to call on, this was a category that polarised the opinions of the tasters
Too few entries. The Lebanese producer Ksara performed well but where were the Greeks and Eastern Europeans?