It’s July, so enjoy 31 days of German riesling. Chink chink.

I love German  riesling wine.
I love other things too and truth be told, some of them I love more than German riesling.  That aside, if you’re a riesling lover, than July could just be your month.

31 days of riesling

The 31 Days of German Riesling campaign is once again underway,  highlighting the delights of this wine to fans old and new.

Some top riesling facts:

  • With naturally high acidity, rieslings are said to be amongst the best white wines in the world, and some have ageing potential similar to some of world’s best red wines from top regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy.
  • Did you know that with more than 50% of all of the riesling vineyards in the world, Germany is the biggest riesling growing country?
  • Searching for a dry riesling? Look for the word ‘trocken’ on the label as that means ‘dry’.
  • Searching for the perfect wine to match Asian food? Try a German Riesling – it is one of the few varietals that pairs well with hot and spicy flavours!
    (Thanks to the 31 days team … for more facts click here)

Lots of restaurants and retailers all over the UK will be running offers, price promotions on selected wines, in store tastings, wine matching dinners and lots more in July.

If you can’t beat them, join them.  I’m off to buy a bottle of German riesling.

For more details about 31 days and to track down events, you can click here.

Record haul of medals in UK wine awards

There has been a record-breaking haul of medal-winners  in the UK wine industry’s annual national wine awards – The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition.

It is organised by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and this year saw the largest number of wines ever entered … 327 wines, from over 90 producers all over the UK.

United Kingdom Vineyards Association

The wines were judged over two days by a team of six Masters of Wine – the only competition in the world judged entirely and only ever by Masters of Wine.

The judges awarded 284 medals and a further 26 wines gained Highly Commended status.

The UK’s top three most widely planted grape varieties – chardonnay, pinot noir and bacchus – dominated the trophies, producing winners in all but one category: the still rosé.

The trophy winners

Vintners’ Trophy – The most outstanding sparkling wine
Langham Wine Estate Classic Cuvée 2011

Jack Ward Memorial Salver – The most outstanding large production wine – 2013 vintage
Albourne Estate Bacchus 2014

McNie Trophy – The most outstanding oaked white wine
Gusbourne Estate Guinevere 2013

Wine Guild Trophy – The most outstanding large production wine – any other year
New Hall Pinot Noir Rosé 2013

Tom Day Trophy – The most outstanding single varietal wine
Albourne Estate Bacchus 2014

Dudley Quirk Memorial Trophy – The most outstanding large production wine(>10,000 litres)
Chapel Down Bacchus 2014

President’s Trophy – The most outstanding small production wine (<1500 litres)
Plumpton Estate The Dean Blush Brut NV

Waitrose Rosé Trophy – The most outstanding still rosé wine
Meopham Valley Vineyard Rosé 2014

Bob Lindo Trophy – The most outstanding sparkling rosé wine
Plumpton Estate The Dean Blush Brut NV

Hattingley Valley Entice 2014
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Bernard Theobald Trophy – The most outstanding red wine
Sharpham Vineyard Pinot Noir and Précoce 2013

Berwick Trophy – The most outstanding large production unchaptalised still wine
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Stefanowicz Trophy – The most outstanding sweet wine
Hattingley Valley Entice 2014

Montagu Trophy – Best presented wine
Castle Brook Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2009

 

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