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A depressing paucity of white entries, but the best red showing since the birth of the SWAs, with high-quality, individual wines right across the price points
An interesting and diverse category, Tuscany seemed to have everything from ‘affordable and local’ to ‘blinged up and international’
Entries of this much-favoured grape may well have been more or less evenly split between Australia and New Zealand, but this year the latter definitely came out on top
The Gris-style, rather than Grigio-style, wines took the honours here, offering value for money and also an impressive food friendliness at a decent price
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
The government’s decision to relax the law on serving measures makes wine flights an exciting possibility for every bar, pub or restaurant. Buckle up, says Susanna Forbes, it’s time for take-off!
With the pricier wines often still a little on the austere side, our tasters contented themselves this year with an affordable yet typical example for the Gold List
Despite having definite regional character, the number of Golds for the South of France continues to decrease, with ‘decent’ rather than ‘amazing’ the order of the day
With steady rather than spectacular results in 2011, the New World still seems to be struggling to get its head around this most polarising of aromatic grape varieties
is A fortnight in Benidorm not really your thing? Susanna Forbes surveys the variety of options available for those who would rather spend their vacation time hand-harvesting Merlot in Bordeaux or cellar-ratting in Victoria than on the beach
The changing face of Bordeaux will soon catch us up
Some good, food-friendly wines in here but very few, surprisingly, that were amazing value for money
A smorgasbord of styles and an awful lot to get excited about right the way through the medal categories
For the first time, South Africa has finally dominated this category, with a decent spread of wines from cheap to pricey. A watershed year for the Saffers, perhaps?
No Golds but an encouraging performance from a grape that is still largely finding its feet in the on-trade