Posts Tagged ‘Medals’

 

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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Supermarket wines did good at the IWC.

Supermarket wines did good at the IWC.

 

Thirty supermarket own-brand wines have won gold medals in the International Wine Challenge.

 

Marks & Spencer picked up the most, with 13 gold medals across various styles including red, white, dessert wines, marsala and Port. Sainsbury’s collected six golds, and Tesco and Waitrose received five gold medals each for their own-label ranges. The Co-operative picked up two sparkling golds and an Extra Special Champagne from ASDA (available from June) which will retail for less than £20, picked up the only gold for the supermarket chain.

 

Thirteen of the gold medal wines retail for less than £10 and, according to the IWC, this highlights “the rise of excellent supermarket wines marking a shift in the consumer habits of discerning shoppers who want high quality and good value”.
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As a member of the “Wine Media” – I hear about medals won by wine all the time – in fact, I have been to a number of events where the wines were judged and awarded medals. My questions for consumers are:


– Does anyone in the general wine-drinking public care about these medals – most of which are from competitions many have never even heard of?
– When was the last time you purchased a wine simply based off of the medals it won in a competition?
– If you did make that kind of purchase, did you find your experience of the wine to collaborate with the medal(s) it earned i.e., gold. silver or bronze etc?
Example, you go into a winery tasting room here in Washington State and you’ll see notes about the wine or hear from the tasting room staff, things like: “This won a double-gold at the Tri-State Fair Wine Competition”. Call me a little naive here (really, go ahead, I promise I’ve been called worse) but how many of your typical “wine consumers” here in Washington State have either heard about or even care about that competition?

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