Every year, around this time, there’s a flurry of activity on the wine world’s red (or should that be red, white and rosé?) carpet, when the winners of the wine awards are announced. There are three major competitions in the UK – the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC, in its 44th year); the International Wine Challenge (IWC, celebrating its 30-year anniversary); and the Decanter World Wine Awards, just 10 years old but now judging over 14,000 wines. Each competition gathers teams of wine experts from around the world to taste the wines blind – meaning covered up so judges don’t know what they are – and in ‘flights’ (a selection of similar wines). After many hours, with a few heated discussions, the results are unveiled and we get to see which wines have been awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal, or even a coveted trophy.
This year, I am pleased to announce that we won a record-breaking number of awards, with over 95% of our wines entered receiving a medal.
Our wines received 234 medals between the
three competitions, as well as two top trophies from the IWC. Our Tesco Dessert Semillon 2008 has been awarded the IWC Australian Sweet Trophy and the Domaine FL Roche aux Moines Savennières 2007 has received the top IWC trophy for Loire Whites. And as if that wasn’t enough, our Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2012 has been awarded a Regional Trophy at this year’s Top 100 Vin de Pays Competition as well as a silver medal from the IWSC! I hope you enjoy these winning wines as much as the judges did...
Finest Hermitage 2007, £20.99
This is northern Rhône Syrah in all its glory, with sumptuous black fruits, spice and pepper. A big wine, so needs food with flavour –pair it with beef.
Finest Chablis Premier Cru 2009, £13.99
Beautifully made by La Chablisienne, this is rich and intense with crisp apple flavours and a real streak of freshness. A top-class Chardonnay.
Finest Côtes de Gascogne 2012, £7.99
This is an inspired blend of Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Crisp, dry and full of fresh, lemon and grapefruit flavours. Delicious with chicken.
Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2012, £7.49
This is a super refreshing white made from the Picpoul grape, grown in the Languedoc- Rousillon region. A really bright star, perfect with seafood.
Finest 1531 Blanquette de Limoux 2010, £9.99
Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac grapes in the Languedoc region of France, this is deliciously golden and full of apple flavours.
Finest Viña Mara Rioja Reserva 2008, £9.99
Made exclusively for Tesco by top producer Baron de Ley, this is a real classic bursting with ripe strawberry and smooth, polished oak flavours.
Finest Dessert Semillon 2008, £6.79
Made by renowned Australian producer
De Bortoli, this is luscious, rich and nutty with unctuous apricot and honeycomb flavours. Brilliant with fruit tarts or Eton mess.
Finest Premier Cru Champagne Brut NV, £19.99
This has to be one of the most awarded wines in our range
and this year it scooped an outstanding award – literally! Deliciously complex.
Finest Albariño 2011, £7.99
for Tesco by Martin Códax, this is incredibly elegant and fresh with apple, pear and apricot flavours. Bright and crisp, this is definitely one for shellfish.
We also recieved great news on Thursday at the IWC Awards dinner where Tesco scooped up the prizes for Direct Merchant & Own Label range of the year!
Which would get your vote?