It was an outstanding year for English wines, with two Gold medals, including Denbies Wine Estate Chalk Ridge Rosé 2010 (£11.99 rrp) the only still Rosé in the world to win a 2011 Gold medal. Chapel Down was also awarded a Gold medal for its sparkling Rosé Vintage Reserve Brut NV (£24.99 rrp).
Chris Ashton, event director of the IWC, said: ?”Now in its 28th year, the IWC?’s reputation means that an award-winning wine receives a tremendous boost, and this year’?s competition sees an even wider variety of superb wines being entered – a 13% increase year on year.”
Once again, the UK’?s supermarkets shone through with their own-label wines, particularly the sparkling ranges. Tesco led the way with 86 medals overall, including two Golds for their own-label wines, while Marks & Spencer received three Golds and 61 medals, Sainsbury’?s 57 and Asda 56 medals.
Supermarket sparkling and Champagne medals include:
The winning wines were each tasted by panels drawn from more than 400 experienced judges, including many Masters of Wine.
The IWC’?s trophy winners, selected from the Gold medal-winning wines, will be announced in June.
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