Supermarket wines sweep the International wine awards … And Tesco tops list of best-tasting tipples
19:33 GMT, 14 September 2012
Wine lovers may have an excuse to pop to the local supermarket for a quick tipple after supermarket wine triumphed at the world’s most rigorously judged independent wine competition.
The good value wine stocked in supermarkets collected nearly a quarter of the awards at The International Wine Challenge Awards.
Presented by Co-Chairmen and leading wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Tim Atkin, the awards showed a fifty per cent increase in leading supermarket wine since last year.
The good value wine stocked in supermarkets collected nearly a quarter of the awards at The International Wine Challenge Awards
Leaders in the competition included Marks & Spencer’s win in the Great Value Ros category for Le Froglet Ros 2011, Maison Virginie RRP 5.99 and the Own Label Range of the Year.
For the fourth consecutive year, Majestic Wines won High Street Chain of the Year and Slurp.co.uk took the honours as Direct Merchant of the Year.
And Cambridge Wine Merchants saw off national chains to take the top award, Wine Merchant of the Year.
Charles Metcalfe said: 'The IWC’s aim is to recognise excellence and help wine drinkers source some of the world’s best wines.
'The credibility of the IWC logo is testament to the competition’s unrivalled professionalism and meticulous judging processes.
'IWC medals help to take the risks
out of buying wine, and point consumers towards quality wines at all
prices and in all styles.'
Demonstrating its understanding of quality wines, Tesco took three Great Value Champion awards home.
Sainsbury’s also contributed to
supermarket success winning the Fairtrade Award for its Taste the
Difference Chenin Blanc 2011, Bosman Family Vineyards.
Tesco Finest Pouilly Fum, Fournier Pre et Fils – Great Value Champion White
Tesco Finest Gigondas 2010 Vignobles La Coterie – Great Value Champion Red
Tesco Finest Sauternes 2009, Yvon Mau – Great Value Sweet Wine
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Chenin Blanc 2011, Bosman Family Vineyards- Fair Trade Award
Marks & Spencer’s Le Froglet Ros 2011- Great
The judging panel was led by a team of world-renowned wine experts working with 400 judges drawn from the wine world.
Each gold medal-winning wine was blind tasted at least three (and up to six) times.
'The IWC is about to celebrate its 30th year and the influence of the competition has never been greater.
'We have received a record number of entries this year with more countries entering than ever before as more wine producers see the value of an IWC award win.
'The wine drinker is very well served this year with great quality and well-priced wines available nationwide. The International Wine Challenge is very proud of its role in bringing these wines to the attention of wine drinkers,' said Charles Metcalfe.