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Golden aisles: International Wine Challenge 2014 announces medal winners from supermarket own-brand ranges

360 supermarket own-brand wines pick up medals at IWC 2014

Supermarket own-brand wines have again wowed the judges at the International Wine Challenge 2014, with 360 being awarded the much-coveted medals across various styles. Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Aldi all picked up Gold medals for wines from their own-brand ranges.

  • Marks & Spencer top medal chart with 138 gongs: six Golds,  50 Silver medals and 82 Bronze medals for its wine range, continuing its 2013 success (when it was named IWC Supermarket of the Year)
  • Two Spanish Sherries created for M&S were awarded Gold medals. Both the Marks and Spencer Manzanilla and Dry Old Palo Cortado cost less than £8. Marks & Spencer Champagne Charles Orban Blanc de Noirs (£30) also received a Gold medal
  • Sainsbury’s and Waitrose were each awarded four Gold medals, delighting the judges with their great value bubbly. Sainsbury’s 2013 Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco Superiore Brut (£9.99) and Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (£19.99) both received Gold medals Waitrose proved to be Champagne champion, with three Gold medal Champagnes, the Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne, the Blanc de Noirs Brut (£21.99) and the 2004 Brut Special Reserve (£30.99)
  • Sainsbury’s received 17 Silver and 38 Bronze, while Waitrose was awarded 7 Silver and 11 Bronze
  • Morrisons and Tesco received three Gold medals each. Tesco impressed across a variety of styles, winning Gold medals with its Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva (£13.99), its 2009 Dessert Semillon (£6.79) and its 2013 North Row Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (£14.99), all from the Tesco Finest range. 19 Tesco wines were also awarded Silver medals, and 27 Bronzes
  • Morrisons showed star quality with its Fortified and Sweet wines. Its own-brand Sherries, Morrisons Amontillado Sherry (£5.49) and Morrisons Signature Pedro Ximénez NV (£5.99) both received Gold medals. The supermarket also struck Gold with its sweet Morrisons Signature Alsace Gewürztraminer 2012 (£7.99). Morrisons also picked up 7 Silver medals and 21 Bronzes
  • Aldi produced the most reasonable Gold medal winner of the whole competition, receiving a Gold medal for its Aldi Caversham Cream Sherry, which retails at only £5.25. Aldi also received a Gold medal for its Minarete Ribera Del Duero Roble 2012. Aldi also had four Silver medal winners and 13 Bronze
  • Asda received a single Gold for its Asda Koru Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from New Zealand, which retails at around £6. The supermarket also received five Silver medals and 20 Bronze medals
  • The Co-operative was also awarded five Silver medals, and a total of 12 Bronze medals for wines from its own-brand range

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“The calibre of wines from the supermarket own-brand ranges has been phenomenal this year, and it is great to see them picking up top prizes across all styles. From delicious Champagnes to tremendous Sherries, shoppers can find some lovely wines in the aisles. Each year the quality of the supermarket own-brand wines gets better and better. Long gone are the days when you might be embarrassed to take an own-brand wine to a dinner party. Our IWC medal stickers offer a handy guide to picking the best wines in the aisle.”

Charles continued:

“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”

“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.

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

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