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18 Jul, 2010

Resultat - International Wine Challenge 2010

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Trophies Announced for the World’s Best Wines
The world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC), has unveiled the results of the 2010 Trophy and Great Value Wine Awards today at the Lords Nursery Pavilion. 111 wines were awarded a Trophy this year, along with 14 Great Value Wines judged for their style, availability and price.

France had the honour of coming first for the second year running, with 21 wines being awarded a Trophy, followed by Japan’s Sake category (14) in second place and Australia (12) in third, closely followed by Portugal (11). Meanwhile Germany, Italy and New Zealand were each awarded 8. Camel Valley is England’s champion for 2010 for the second year running, winning the English Trophy for their 2008 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut (£24.95) and the Sparkling Rosé Trophy, beating a high calibre of international competition.

The Trophy stage is the final round for these award-winning wines. Having already achieved a Gold medal through the Challenge’s rigorous judging process, the wines are tasted once more by an elite panel of judges against other wines in the same category, to determine if they are worthy of a Trophy in addition to their Gold medal.

Chris Ashton, IWC Event Director says: “The IWC has once again given support to the international wine market with these respected and influential awards. Winning a Trophy or Great Value Wine Award gives a wine real prestige. It is a well-earned recognition of the dedication and commitment that has gone into producing a top quality wine and puts the producers on the wine map of the world.

“A wine bearing the IWC Trophy logo helps consumers to quickly and easily identify exceptional high quality wines at a price point to suit every budget. In turn this quick recognition from the logo delivers increased sales for the producers.”

This year saw the highest-ever number of countries entering the competition with 46 nations battling it out on the wine field. Global wine expert and TV personality Oz Clarke joined the formidable judging panel of IWC Co-Chairmen - Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW.

Supermarkets really delivered this year with an extensive and impressive range of excellent Great Value Wine Awards:

Marks & Spencer enjoyed triple award success for its sparkling wine, Brut Natural 2007, £9.99, South Africa (Great Value Sparkling Wine Under £10), Moon Bridge Riesling 2009, £5.49, Australia (Great Value White Wine under £6) and Secano Rosé Pinot Noir 2009, £7.49, Chile (Great Value Rosé Wine between £5 and £10). Waitrose celebrated with its Champagne Brut NV, £19.99 France (Great Value Sparkling Wine between £15 and £20) and Reserve Shiraz 2008, £8.99, Australia (Great Value Red Wine between £6 and £10). Waitrose also stocked both the Great Value Fortified Wine under £10 (La Gitana Manzanilla NV, £8.39, Spain) and the Great Value Sweet Wine between £10 and £15 (Tamar Ridge Kayena Vineyard Botrytis Riesling £13.99, Australia)

Co-Chairman Charles Metcalfe says: “The IWC is the world’s most carefully judged wine competition with judges rewarding faithfulness to region, country, variety and vintage. The competition at this final Trophy stage recognises true excellence and helps consumers identify at a glance some of the world’s best wines.”

For more information on the IWC and to see a complete list of all the winning wines please visit.

Great Value Wine Awards:
For a wine to be eligible to win a Great Value Wine Award, it must meet certain criteria
Only wines, which achieved a Gold or Silver medal, are re-tasted for the Great Value Trophies, and style, availability and price are all considered. The retail price must fall into one of various categories – under £6, £6-£10 or £10 to £15 (and in the case of champagne £15-£20), and each wine must be readily available to the UK market. Still wines such as red, white and rosé wines must have in excess of 10,000 9 litres cases available, sparkling and fortified wines must have in excess of 5,000 9 litre cases and sweet wines an excess of 2,000 9 litre cases. Each of the Great Value Trophies has been assessed at least five times by the Trophy judges.

The trophy stage is the final round of the International Wine Challenge and involves the Co-Chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Charles Metcalfe, Sam Harrop MW, Oz Clarke and Derek Smedley MW and an elite panel of judges, tasting all Gold medal winning wines, once again blind, against others in the same category, with the best of the best being considered for a Trophy.

The International Wine Challenge:
This is the 27th year of the International Wine Challenge (IWC). The IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. The IWC assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to, style, region and vintage. Every wine is assessed independently of its price. Value for money awards are made after the wine has been judged for quality. Throughout the rigorous judging process, each medal winning wine is tasted at least three times and sometimes as many as six.