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International Wine Challenge 2018 announces its Wines of Great Value

International Wine Challenge 2018 announces its Wines of Great Value

Wow factor wines for savvy shoppers – including nine Gold medal winners

Today the International Wine Challenge announces its list of Great Value wines. The IWC 2018 Great Value Awards are given to wines that have won either a Gold or Silver medal and met exceptionally strict availability and pricing criteria.

Each wine has excelled against extremely tough competition; thousands of wines from some 55 countries were blind-tasted this year by panels of expert judges, including many Masters of Wine.

British consumers can now benefit from this breadth of wine knowledge – from one of the world’s most prestigious wine competitions – by picking up exemplary wines at simply fantastic prices.

Highlights and Fast facts:

  • Of the 16 winning wines, 13 are available at UK supermarkets from Lidl to Marks and Spencer – with a price point to suit every budget including a Gold-winning wine from Lidl for less than £4!
  • Own-brands have done it again. Seven of the winners are from supermarket own-label ranges, including two each from Morrisons and Tesco as well as further own-label winning entries from Co-Op, Asda, and regional supermarket Booths.
  • To qualify for a Great Value Trophy, wines must retail under specific price points: £15 for still and sweet wine; £25 for sparkling. Wines must also win a Gold or Silver medal and be nationally available in supermarkets, independent retailers or online.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Sparkling

  • The Great Value Sparkling Wine for under £12 was awarded to Asda for their Solato Lambrusco, which picked up a Silver medal and retails for just £6.50.
  • The award for Great Value Sparkling Wine between £12-£20 went to Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne which retails at £19 and was a Gold medal winner.
  • Finally, the IWC Great Value Sparkling under £25 award went to Cantina Colli Del Soligo, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Rive di Soligo Dry 2017. This was also a Gold winner and is available for £23 at online retailers including Eurowines, Great Wines Direct, and Twelve Green Bottles.

White

  • There has been a terrific range from which to pick white wines at any budget. The IWC Great Value White under £8 award went to Cimarosa SA Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – a silver medal wine available for an astonishing £3.89 from Lidl UK.
  • Co Op’s own label Co-op Irresistible Gavi del Comune di Gavi 2017 won the IWC Great Value White between £8 and £13, priced at just £9.
  • Finally, the IWC Great Value White Under £15 award has gone to Mark and Spencer’s Florent Rouve, Viré-Cléssé 2016, which sells for £14.00.

Rosé

  • Two Rosé wines stood out for judges this year as examples of great wine at a great price. From Aldi the Fleur de Prairie Côtes de Provence Rosé 2017 (£7.29) has won the IWC Great Value Rosé under £8 award. And the IWC Great Value Rosé between £8 and £12 has gone to Gold-medal winner Baron Gassier Cuvée Elegance 2017 – available for £12.00 at Sainsbury’s.

Red

  • Shoppers are spoilt for choice under the reds category with a Gold medal winner as well as a fantastic wine from Lebanon for those wishing to try something different.
  • The IWC Great Value Red under £8 went to Morrisons The Best Languedoc 2016, costing just £7.00.
  • Meanwhile Asda provided a Gold-winning wine for the IWC Great Value Red between £8 and £12, with Asda Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir 2014 (£8.50).
  • Finally, a mention for independent retailers and the award for IWC Great Value Red Under £15. The winner here has been named as Domaine des Tourelles Red 2014 (RRP £12.99). This wine is listed UK wide at independents including Borough Wines, Highbury Vintners, Worth Brothers, D Byrne, Woodwinters.

Sweet

  • Two winners in the sweet wines category. From France this year’s IWC Great Value Sweet between £8 and £12 is the Gold-medal winning Château de Myrat Sauternes Grand Cru Classé 2013, available for £11.99 at Aldi.  And IWC’s Great Value Sweet Under £15 went to Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2016, from Hungary’s classic Tokaj region – available from Laithwaites & Majestic with an RRP of £12.99.

Fortified

  • Three Gold-medal wines have been listed as the winners of IWC’s Great Value Fortified Under £8: Morrisons The Best Oloroso (£6.00); Tesco Finest Pedro Ximénez (£7.00); and Booths Manzanilla Dry Sherry (£7.75).

IWC Own Label Range of the Year Shortlist

  • The International Wine Challenge also today announce the shortlist for their IWC Own Label Range of the Year. This is for wines produced by a retailer or a wine made exclusively for them. The winner will be announced at an awards dinner on the 10th July. The shortlist is as follows:
  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Berry Brothers & Rudd
  • Marks & Spencer

 

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chair of the IWC commented:

“Once again, the rigorous judging process of the IWC has come up with delicious, top medal-winning wines, that are priced for every pocket. We know that good wine is available at every price point, and we’re thrilled to help guide consumers along the way. But be quick – with the UK’s enduring love of a bargain, these wines really will go fast!”

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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