Posts Tagged ‘awards’


Yes, it’s true. Two of China’s wines have won silver in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, Jing Daily reports.

The wines are the Great Wall Terrior 2006 from Shandong and Domaine Helan Mountain Special Reserve Chardonnay 2011 from Ningxia.

A total of 20 wines from China were recognized this year by Decanter out of a total 49 entries.

In 2011, Helan Qing Xue’s Jia Bei Lan Cabernet Dry Red 2009 received the top prize from Decanter, drawing much skepticism and controversy.

While China does not have a great reputation for its wine (real or otherwise), there are domestic vineyards producing quality wines.


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Top Wine Videos of 2012

Top Wine Videos of 2012


Favorite clips—from the amusing to the informative—from the past year of visits with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers


Wine is more than a beverage in a fancy glass. It’s also about the people and the places behind the bottle. Wine Spectator’s video team has a great time bringing winemakers from around the world to your computer or tablet or smartphone. We hope the conversations and insights have increased your enjoyment of wine.

We always feel a bit nostalgic at this time of the year, and we’ve been looking back at our year in videos, the people we’ve met and the topics we’ve covered. Without fail, the Top 10 Wines countdown videos are the most popular clips each year, but we always like to check out the top views in other categories. Join us as we review the best of the vintage.
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See the winners of the 2013 Best of Wine Tourism Awards in South Africa.



Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.


South African winner: Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices
La Motte Wine Estate
R45, Main Road, Franschhoek, 7690
Phone: +27 21 876 8000
Fax: +27 21 876 3446

La Motte Estate is situated in one of the most scenic areas of the Cape Winelands – the Franschhoek Valley. Amongst its special attributes are a wine tasting room, a restaurant, a museum, hiking trail and farm shop – all contributing to an entertaining and educational Winelands experience. Being farmed in a sustainable and organic way, further add to the appeal and guests are invited to learn more on guided walks. Environmental management remains a priority at La Motte. A formal environmental policy is in place. The sensitive ecosystem of fynbos has been rehabilitated and all farming is organic. Numerous awards acknowledge La Motte’s commitment towards the environment.
Read about all the other category winners …

The Circle of Wine Writers announced in a ceremony on Monday that Alexandra Harper is this year’s winner of the Young Wine Writer of the Year award.

Alex Harper on a recent visit to Luigi Bosca

Alex Harper on a recent visit to Luigi Bosca

Harper, who works for fine wine merchant Bancroft Wines and is currently studying towards her MW, won the award for her entry entitled: ‘A surprise encounter with 007 – Tasting wine with new eyes’.

The budding wine writer saw off 32 others to claim this year’s prize including nine shortlisted by the judges: Amanda Barnes, Naomi Bedford, Nik Byrne, Lous Dongray Jones, Barbara Drew, Will Heslop, Martin Klimmek and Laura Vickers.

Due to the high quality number of entries… read on