International Wine Challenge

Asda Extra Special Louis Bernard Premier Cru Champagne review

December 8th: Extra Special Louis Bernard Premier Cru Champagne

Wine Advent Calendar December 8th: Extra Special Louis Bernard Premier Cru Champagne It’s my daughter’s birthday today which calls for FIZZ. I know it’s Thursday but I can’t think of a better excuse. Look, tomorrow’s Friday so I’ll do fizz again. That’s a good excuse too. I’m coming down from a couple of weeks of …

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The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Fiano 2014

Six Italian wines from the Co-op (and one Trophy winner!)

THE Co-op white wine Truly Irresistible Fiano 2014 has picked up the Great Value White under £7 trophy from the International Wine Challenge.  I spent an afternoon with the man who brought the wine to the shelves,  the Co-op’s Italian wines buyer,  Ben Cahill. First, I asked Ben what he would say to people who don’t buy Italian wines. …

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Taste the Difference Côtes du Rhônes Villages 2013 review

Wine Press: Great Value Awards celebrate great wines at great prices

WE all love a good deal; and when it comes to wine we love great wine at great value prices. I make no apologies for once again telling you about some newly-announced award-winning wines from the International Wine Challenge. In the last few days the IWC has announced 15 Great Value Awards; and 12 of …

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International Wine Challenge awards

International Wine Challenge success for UK supermarkets

THE UK’s supermarkets have really upped their game in the past year when it comes to their own-brand wines. Many have excelled in the 2015 International Wine Challenge Awards. Top of the awards pile is Marks & Spencer, which won 169 medals, including 12 gold, 52 silver and 105 bronze. In all, 498 own-brand and exclusive …

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Have fun with wine on Christmas Day

Christmas Day wine ideas for blushing pink prawn starters

I’m keeping everything simple for my Christmas Day wine countdown. If you’re into off-the-wall Christmas Day menus then you won’t find a wine and food matching pair here. My menu? A glass of fizz.  Then into a seafood starter such as a prawn cocktail, or my favourite … flash-fried Thai prawns. Then moving on to turkey …

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Verdicchio International Wine Challenge winners

Marks & Sparks’ wines top Gold table in International Wine Challenge gongs

KEEP your eyes peeled on the supermarket shelves for a new raft of medal winners which have impressed judges in the International Wine Challenge. A total of 184 gold, silver and bronze medals have been awarded to supermarket own-brand wines, with Marks & Spencer trouncing the competition picking up 73 gongs, more than twice as many medals as …

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Wine Press: Provence rosé wines … who needs excuses to perk up with a pink

Let’s talk about pinks. Yes; perhaps we associate rosé wine with summertime; but as the September weather has been a pleasant surprise we have an excuse to perk it up even more with a pink. The lightest of light pinks are those from Provence in the south of France, a region which has a wine-making history …

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