International Wine Challenge

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About International Wine Challenge

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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International Wine Challenge

V-Day vino: find a wine your date will love this Valentine’s Day with the International Wine Challenge

Looking to impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Check out this handy guide to IWC medal winning sparklers and find a wine to fall in love with

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to set a romantic mood than by sharing a bottle of bubbly? However, if you struggle to navigate the wine aisle and want to ensure you make a good impression come 14th February, this guide from the International Wine Challenge is for you. All wines featured were awarded Gold or Silver medals at Tranche One of the IWC 2015. Pop one of these corkers on V-Day and you are sure to get that loving feeling.

You stole my heart

If you are looking for affordable bubbles, head to your local supermarket to pick up a bargain. Silver medal winning Marks & Spencer NV Prosecco is a great choice for a cosy night in, and an absolute steal at just £10.

Champagne aficionados, try the Waitrose Brut Champagne NV. This corker picked up a Silver medal at Tranche One of the competition and costs £19.99. Alternatively Silver medal winning Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2006 from The Co-operative (RRP £24.99) is another super sparkler to fall in love with.

If your loved one has a penchant for Gold, pick up a Tesco Finest* Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007. Retailing at just £24.99, this delicious vintage champagne received a Gold medal at the competition and will set hearts racing.

 Home is where the heart is

Fans of home grown fizz will fall in love with the Wiston Estate Rosé 2011. This sophisticated sparkling Rosé from the South Downs-based estate can be delivered in a beautiful gift box for just £38.45. A Gold medal winner guaranteed to make your loved one smile.

Alternatively, feast your eyes on the Court Garden Vintage Blanc De Blancs 2010 from East Sussex. Guaranteed to impress, this delicious sparkling wine, which picked up a Gold medal at the competition and costs just £26.25.

Loving the finer things

Looking to splash out? The Grand Siècle NV Champagne by Laurent-Perrier is the epitome of luxury. Pick up this elegant Gold medal winning bubbly from Oddbins for around £120 and your date will be in heaven. Alternatively, try Gold medal winning Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 for just £125 from Majestic Wines. Magnifique!


Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge commented:

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat that special someone in your life, and sharing a bottle of delicious bubbly is an ideal way to set a romantic tone. As this handy guide shows, you don’t need to break the bank to get a fabulous wine and show someone you really care. Whether your Valentine’s plans involve a cosy night in sharing a takeaway, or an extravagant night on the town, sharing one of these fine sparklers will ensure love is most definitely in the air.”

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