Star Wine List held the International final of Star Wine List of the Year in London last week and the chance for sommeliers and restaurateurs to travel from all over the world to take part in the first live international final since the pandemic. Hosted by Star Wine List founder, Krister Bengtsson and ambassador manager Liora Levi, it was a chance to find out who had come out top from the winners of the previous seven competitions in separate countries in Europe and Australia. The Buyer partnered with Star Wine List for the UK Wine List awards in February.
Manchester’s Stoller Hall was the venue for the 2022 People’s Choice Wine Awards and once again the chance to see which wines entered by producers, brand owners, importers and retailers caught the attention of this event’s unique judging process that involves both everyday wine drinkers and professional wine trade judges in determining the finalists and and overall winners. These are the wines that consumers want to buy and drink. The Buyer is the official media partner for the awards and sponsor of the video category.
It has been a record year for the London Spirits Competition in terms of both the number of entries, but also the countries taking part in what is now the fifth year the competition has been running. The London Spirits Competition is one of the rare events that judges products for their quality, but also for their value for money at that price point and what they look like on the back bar with their packaging and design. Here are the highlights from the 2022 awards.
Australia has once gone claimed the Best Overall wine in the 2022 London Wine Competition that announces its full results today. The top overall wine award goes to Gralyn Estate Artizan Rare Muscat, Australia, and follows in the footsteps of Lévrier by Jo Irvine that won the same award in 2021. This year’s competition saw a record number of entries for an awards programme that is the only one of its kind to judge on quality of the wines, its value for money against its price point and what it looks like with its packaging and design. Here are the highlights from the 2022 competition.
Drum roll please. The shortlist for the 2022 People’s Choice Wine Awards is now out with all the finalists in each of the categories. These are the only international wine awards that currently allow consumers to take part in the judging process with a series of rounds to come up with the shortlisted producers, distributors, importers, merchants and retailers. This is the fifth year of the competition and is back as a standalone event for wine. Read on to find out who the finalists are…
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words then how powerful is a well made video? That was the challenge set in the People’s Choice Spirits Awards and its The Story Behind The Label Video Challenge sponsored by The Buyer, media partner for the overall People’s Choice Drinks Awards. The chance for drinks companies to tell their story and capture what makes them different in a short video. Here we present a showreel featuring each of the finalists and the overall winner – Speyside Distillery.
There might only have been one winner per category in the second UK Wine List of the Year awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, announced yesterday, but all those who made it through to the finals deserve their own recognition, round of applause, and congratulations for making the shortlist against such tough competition from venues across the UK. Here is a full run down of each of the restaurants and bars that are leading the way when it comes to their wine offer in the UK.
There is now less than a week to go for producers, brand owners, importers and operators to get their entries into the three respective London Drinks Competitions for London Wine Competition, London Beer Competition and London Spirits Competition. The only global competition that judges products for their quality, their value for money and they packaging and design. Here are all the details you need to meet the February 28 deadline.
As the clock ticks down for the finals of the UK Wine List Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, we are pleased to welcome Matteo Lupi, founder of Matteo Lupi Wines, to the event as partner of the Best Medium-Sized List. Here he talks about what he sees as being a well planned, commercial, but interesting wine list as well a final look at who has made the shortlist for the awards that take place on February 21.
Drum roll please…The finalists in the second UK Wine List of the Year Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, are out. The restaurants and bars that will now go through to the ceremony on February 21 at the Winemakers Club in London to find out the overall winners in the separate wine list categories. Here are the venues that caught the judges’ attention in what is the the second edition of the UK Wine List Awards.
Manchester’s Stoller Hall was the venue last night for the inaugural standalone People’s Choice Spirits Awards and the chance to bring together leading lights from across the world of spirits to recognise some of the best producers, brands and distilleries in an event attended by a room full of the spirits, bar and cocktail industries’ brightest stars. From premium whiskies and sipping tequilas, to spirits retailers and independent bars, here are the stars of 2022.
A drinks competition’s name that has “London” as its key calling card might make you think it’s an event all about celebrating products that are being sold in the capital city and around the UK. Not at all. The three London Competitions covering wines, beers and spirits are a global event attracting entries from over 20 countries around the world. Here we look at how it has launched dedicated social media platforms in Latin America and Spain to help promote the winning products there.
All the entries for the 2022 UK Wine List of the Year Awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, are in and as the judges sit down to go through them and work out who is going to go through to the final awards ceremony, we take a closer look at our partner for the Californian wine category and how Louis M. Martini, part of E&J Gallo Winery, is increasingly targeting the premium on-trade with its extensive portfolio of quality Californian wines.
Masters of Wine and top sommeliers from Michelin star restaurants and some of the UK’s most leading restaurants, hotels and bars are all lined up to take part in the judging of the London Wine Competition 2022 as they share their expertise in determining which wines deserve the highest scores and prizes in this year’s awards. Here’s a guide to some of the big names taking part.
The London Spirits Competition goes into 2022 very much on the front foot with news of even more big names from the worlds of hospitality, bars, mixology and brands joining its panel of judges. This is a competition that only uses professionals with direct buying and selling responsibilities to assess products based on their quality, value for money and what they look like on shelf. Here’s a behind the scenes look at who is on the judging panel this year.
New Zealand wines in the off-trade have succeeded in achieving a premium price position way ahead of their peers in Australia, South Africa or South America. The challenge is now to push more of its wines onto the top wine lists in leading restaurants. Here we look at the finalists in the New Zealand category in the 2021 UK Wine List of the Year awards, sponsored by New Zealand Winegrowers, to see which outlets are championing Kiwi wines the most as we build up to the 2022 awards co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List.
In just the same way that brands and products move on from one year to the next the pressure is also on our major drinks competitions to do the same. Which is what the London Drinks Competitions hope to do each year with new initiatives as part of its separate awards for spirits, wine and beers. It’s why it has introduced a new marketing and communications tool for its London Spirits Competition that allows anyone entering a product to also include a cocktail suggestion to go with it. Here’s how it works.
As we gear up for the 2022 UK Wine List of the Year awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, we take the opportunity to look back at some of the winners from the inaugural awards held in January 2021. It was at the time a chance to reward and hopefully raise spirits for key players in the premium on-trade at a time when we were in the middle of the winter lockdown. We start by looking at the finalists in the German Wine List of the year category, sponsored by Wines of Germany, that saw Vineyard at Stockcross being named the overall winner.
The Buyer is once again teaming up with Star Wine List to co-host the UK Wine List Awards to congratulate and reward those restaurants, bars and venues that are putting wine at the heart of their offer. The 2022 awards will once again be judged by leading panel of award-winning sommeliers who will pick out our shortlists and finalists from outlets that enter and those already listed on the Star Wine List for the UK. Here we talk to New Zealand Winegrowers and Wines of Germany about why they want to be part of the 2022 event.
The sniffing, spitting and sipping for the People’s Choice Spirits Awards judging sessions have all been done and we can now reveal the finalists for the 2022 event. Here Janet Harrison, founder of the People’s Choice Drinks Awards, explains how she is looking forward to holding the first standalone spirits awards in January, and the plans for the wine awards that are now open for entries.