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The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 35th year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended awards

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Golden droplets: International Wine Challenge 2014 announces its Gold medal winning sweet wines

40 sweet wines from around the world win Gold at prestigious wine competition.

Wine drinkers with a sweet tooth rejoice as the International Wine Challenge today announces its Gold medal winners for 2014, with 40 wines from around the world striking Gold.

  • Austrian winemakers come out on top, with 12 wines winning Gold medals. Hans Tschida, named IWC Sweet Winemaker of the Year in 2013, continues his success, winning six Gold medals in this year’s competition, including a duo of Golds for two different vintages of his Sämling Trockenbeerenauslese (2007 and 2008)
  • Seven Gold medals were awarded to German sweet wines, including three Golds for Weingut Horst Sauer. This renowned winemaker from Franken picked up Golds for his 2012 Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, 2012 Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Trockenbeerenauslese and 2012 Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Eiswein
  • Canada received five Gold medals for its sweet icewines, produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. Croatian winemaker Bodren also received a Gold medal for its 2011 Bodren Icewine
  • Four Hungarian sweet wines, from the Tokaj wine region in the North East of the country, also received Gold medals. Four Gold medals went to South African sweet wines; Italy secured three, and two Gold medals apiece were won by France and Australia for their sweet wines
  • Lucky UK shoppers can pick up a Gold medal winning sweet wine in their local supermarkets for a bargain price. Tesco Finest 2009 Dessert Semillon was awarded a Gold medal and retails at just £6.79, and Marks & Spencer 2012 Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling (£14.99) from South Africa also struck Gold at the competition
  • This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“We have seen some fabulous sweet wines in this year’s competition, and these Gold medal winners are simply stunning. Sweet wines are currently having a much-deserved renaissance and with examples like these it is hardly surprising. Hans Tschida wowed the judges yet again with his superbly-crafted wines, and the icewines from Canada and Croatia are wonderful. The Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon is an absolute steal at less than £7. Grab a bottle today!”

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: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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