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Mon Sherry: Spain awarded eight trophies at International Wine Challenge 2014, with four going to sherries

EMBARGO 11:00 GMT 14/05/14

Spain scores highly at IWC 2014

Spain had an excellent year at the International Wine Challenge 2014, with eight wines being awarded trophies at the competition. Spain impressed the judges across a variety of styles and trophies were awarded to wines from Sherry, Rioja, Cava and an Albariño from the Rías Baixas.

  • Four Sherries received trophies at the competition. The Lustau Almacenista Oloroso del Puerto González Obregón produced by Emilio Lustau, and the Harveys Pedro Ximénez 30 Year Old VORS both received trophies at the competition. Williams & Humbert received two trophies. The first for its Manzanilla created for Marks & Spencer, the second for their Palo Cortado 20 Year Old Solera Especial which received the Sherry trophy.
  • Two Spanish Reds picked up trophies. The Spanish Red Trophy went to the Asda Extra Special El Meson Gran Reserva 2004, which will be in stores from September 2014. An Organic red from Bodegas de Familia Burgo Viejo, the Embeleso Organic Graciano 2012, also received a trophy.
  • Galicia based vineyard Bodegas Altos De Torono received the Spanish White trophy for its Altos de Torono 2013 and is made from a blend of local grapes Albariño, Loureiro and Caiño Blanco.
  • A Cava from Alta Alella was awarded the Spanish Sparkling wine trophy. The AA Privat Laietà Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2010 impressed the judging panel and picked up the top prize for Spanish sparkling.
  • The Champion wines across Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet will be announced at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner on Wednesday 16th July at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

“These trophy-winning Spanish winemakers have shown the quality that can be achieved using  local grape varieties and traditional methods.”

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.

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