jamie goode's wine blog: International Wine Challenge results 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

International Wine Challenge results 2009

The International Wine Challenge results were announced last night. As yet, they're not up on the website (www.internationalwinechallenge.com).

IWC 2009 Awards:
Champion Wines:

Champion Sparkling: Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995, France, RRP £93.00, Wine Studio
Champion White Wine: Meursault Clos De La Baronne 2007, Château Labouré Roi, France, Labouré Roi
Champion Red Wine: Guardian Peak, Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa, RRP £16.50, South Africa Online, D. Byrne & Co, Lewis & Cooper
Champion Sake: Kinmon Akita Shuzo Co Ltd, Yamabuki 1995, Japan, Kinmon Akita Shuzo Co Ltd
Champion Fortified: Verdelho Old Reserve 10 Year Old NV, Vinhos Barbeito Madeira Lda, Madeira, Portugal, RRP £24.95, Raymond Reynolds
Champion Sweet: Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2007, Weingut Horst Sauer, Franken, Germany, Justerini & Brooks

Great Value Wines:
Great Value Champion White: Tim Adams Riesling 2008, Tim Adams Wine, South Australia, RRP £8.99, Tesco, Australian Wine Agencies
Great Value Champion Rosé: Côtes-du-Rhône Parallèle 45 Rosé 2008, Paul Jaboulet Ainé, France, RRP £8.99, Valvona & Crolla, Whighams of Ayr, Liberty Wines
Great Value Champion Sparkling: Sainsbury’s Blanc De Noirs Champagne NV, Société Coopérative De Producteurs Des Grands Terroirs De La Champagne, France, RRP £15.99, Sainsbury’s
Great Value Champion Red: Pascual Toso Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, RRP £7.99, Soho Wine Supply, Reserve Wines, Wine in Cornwall, Field & Fawcett York, Wine Direct, Stratford’s Wine Agencies
Great Value Champion Fortified: Marks & Spencer Manzanilla Sherry NV, Williams & Humbert, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Spain, RRP £5.99, Marks & Spencer
Great Value Sweet: Marks & Spencer Scheurebe 2005, Weingut Darting, Pfalz, Germany, RRP £14.99, Marks & Spencer


At 7:02 PM, Blogger Wine Splodge said...

There has been a lot of chat recently on US blogs about wines given to tasters being quite different creatures from those available on the shelves for punters,ie, tasters get a far superior wine and there is no way to tell the different bottlings apart. In the past I've been disappointed by some of the wines the IWC has given awards to. They have been utterly mediocre. Could the same thing be happening?

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Simon said...

Classic William Reed for others to get stuff up on the Web before they themselves get round to it. Put my own version up on my site earlier today.

And Wine Splodge, it's perfectly possible for such jiggery pokery to happen, just as it's possible for en primeur samples to differ from the bottled wines. However, I think (hope?) most sensible wineries would never do such a thing as the negative publicity wouldn't be worth it. But that's not the same as not liking wines that other people do. Even though I think the IWC does its best to be as transparent as possible, I still look at some of the wines that have come out on top and wonder how on earth it happened. And that's speaking as (like Jamie) one of the panel chairs.


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