The London Drinks Competitions pride themselves on being as close to judging beers, wines and spirits as the people who choose to buy them do. Whether it is a busy drinks buyer for a major supermarket, a sommelier for a top Michelin restaurant or a bartender looking for the latest hip spirit for their back bar. For each product is judged on their quality, their value for money at that price point and what the packaging and design looks like. The separate 2022 awards are now open for London Wine, London Spirits and London Beer and if you enter by August 31 you can take advantage of super early bird pricing.
If we all had a pound for every time we were told the “story” behind a particular brand, wine or spirt then we would not have to work at all. But there is a big difference between how interesting, relevant and captivating a product story might be. Then there’s the skill in how you actually tell that story. Which is what the People’s Choice Drinks Awards ‘Story Behind The Label’ competition is all about. The chance for brands, and drinks companies entering the awards, to also tell the story behind their liquid in its video competition which is being opened up to the spirits sector for the first time this year. Here’s what spirits brands have to do to enter and why The Buyer is delighted to be the main category sponsor for both the wine and spirits categories.
The London Wine Competition is looking to build on the success of its 2021 awards by calling out to supermarkets, specialist drinks retailers and wine merchants to enter the 2022 awards and give their wines an extra push by vying for Golds and Trophies in the only major international drinks competition that judges wines by their quality, their price, value for money and what they look like. Any business that enters their wines before August 31 can take advantage of Super Early Bird pricing.
Any drinks competition is only as good as the quality of products that are entered. That stands to reason. But they also need to be pushing themselves forward to truly represent the drinks being made that are of increasing interest to the consumer. Which is why the International Wine & Spirit Competition teamed up with Cider is Wine to hold its first tasting and awards judging for 100% juice, not-from-concentrate ciders, perries and fruit wines. Here Christelle Guibert, the IWSC’s chief executive officer, and Alistair Morrell, chief executive of Cider is Wine explain why they were blown away by the results.
The London Wine Competition goes into its fifth year very much on the front following the 20% increase in entries for the 2021 awards, with entries coming in from 36 countries around the world. It is now looking to specifically target the UK supplier base for entries with special early bird pricing for any supplier, distributor, importer or branded drinks company that enters before August 31, 2021. Here’s how to enter.
“It’s an absolute joy to be involved in this. It’s one of, or maybe the best food and wine pairing competitions there is in the UK.” High praise indeed, but that’s how respected wine critic and broadcaster, Sarah Jane Evans MW, describes the international Copa Jerez Competition which has seen the chef and sommelier team from The River Café win the UK heat and go towards the grand final in Jerez later this year. Here Evans and fellow judge Matthieu Longuère MS describe how the competition works and you can look to make and enjoy the winning three course menu and sherry pairings for yourself.
The People’s Choice Drinks Awards are back with news that for its 2022 competition it is splitting out its wine and spirits awards into separate events to allow each to have the spotlight they deserve as they continue to grow and add more categories. The event has also introduced a new ‘Find My Wines’ search function on the site which allows consumers and the trade alike to search through past winners and shortlisted wines to find the most suitable wine for a particular drinking occasion or need. Here awards founder Janet Harrison explains why the changes are being introduced and why she is looking forward to bringing consumers and trade judges back together in person again for this year’s events.
“This is the end of our lockdown tour of the world,” is how Krister Bengtsson, founder of Star Wine List, introduced the International Final of an awards programme that has travelled the world during the global covid lockdown rewarding the best restaurants and bars and the teams behind them, including the inaugural UK Awards co-hosted with The Buyer. Here are the results of the main international categories chosen from the winners in each of the European and Asian country events which saw Vienna’s Palais Coburg win the overall Grand Prix award.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition is all about business – and proudly so. This is arguably the most commercial, and to the point trade event in the world, where there is little or no time for small talk with producers and buyers alike keen to get down to the business of selling and buying wine. It’s also home of the International Bulk Wine Competition and a great opportunity for producers to have their wines independently judged and presented as key wines to buy at the show. Here’s how you can enter this year’s competition.
The big classic spirits categories become more international every year as the art and skill of distilling reaches all parts of the world. The London Spirits Competition has become a great test bed to see which distillers, producers and brand owners are making the best spirits in their country. Here we shine the light on the highest scoring spirit in each main spirit producing country.
Taking part in a global wine competition is a chance to benchmark your wines against the best wines being made around the world. But it is also a chance to see how you are doing in your own back yard, which is why winning the best wine from your country is one of the most sought after accolades in the London Wine Competition. Here’s the top rated wines from Australia to Georgia.
The big spirits brands do everything they can to catch our attention with their high profile, big budget advertising campaigns. But what really counts is what the top bar staff, bartenders and owners think are the best brands to have on their lists. Which is what this list of the top scoring spirits voted for in the 2021 London Spirits Competition is all about. The brands that achieved the four highest scores – 96, 95, 94 and 93 – in an event only judged by professional bar staff.
Today we profile the Top Gold Medal winning wines in the 2021 London Wine Competition that scored the three highest level points – 96, 95 and 94 – in this year’s event. These are the wines that stood out even within the Gold Medal class. Each wine in the competition is judged for its quality, its value for money and what they look like with their packaging and design, and are assessed by professional buyers with direct buying responsibility in their roles.
“Earthy, woody, mystical, intriguing and endless.” No it’s not a line from the start of a chapter in Lord of the Rings but how Dutch spirits company, De Kuyper Royal Distillers, describes its award winning Muyu Vetiver Gris liqueur that was named the best designed and packaged product to be entered into the 2021 London Spirits Competition. Here’s the back story to a brand that has not just caught the attention of the competition’s judges but bartenders across the world.
Spirits buyers will have their own criteria and determining factors that will decide which spirits brands end up on their drinks lists and pride of place on their back bar. But it can’t help to benchmark whatever vodkas, whiskies or gins they have chosen with the best of the best in the recent London Spirits Competition. Here we profile the overall winners in the separate vodka, gin and whisky categories and why they stood out to a judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading bartenders and spirits buyers.
There was a big increase in entries from all over the world in the 2021 London Wine Competition from both the classic, established wine producing countries, as well as the less celebrated. Wherever they came from they were all judged in the same way. The quality of the wine, how they tasted, their value for money and what they looked like. Here we shine the light on Portugal which was one of the most successful countries in the 2021 awards with its medal success reflecting a boom in sales in the UK.
The London Wine Competition does things differently from the majority of its competitors. It does not just award medals to wines and producers based purely on the quality of the wine – usually only tasted blind. It bases its medal winners using the same criteria as wine buyers and sommeliers do when choosing which wines to list. By quality and what it tastes like, its price point and whether it offers value for money, and what it looks like and whether its packaging and design matches the quality and value of the wine. Here are the results and winners of the 2021 London Wine Competition.
It’s time to raise a glass or two to all the medal winners in the 2021 London Spirits Competition, the only event of its type that rewards distillers and spirit brand owners for making products that tick all the boxes when it comes to how a professional bartender, or spirits drinker, decides which product to buy. By its quality, what it tastes like, how much it costs and what it looks like on a back bar.
Tonight the results of the inaugural UK Wine List of the Year Awards were presented as part of a live streaming event to recognise some of the best wine driven restaurants and bars in the UK. The finalists were selected from entries from all over the country by a panel of some of the most awarded sommeliers in the world. The event is the first to be held in the UK and is jointly hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List.
Tonight is the night when the winners in the first UK Wine List Awards – co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List – are announced. To help set the scene we talk to three of the awards’ partners who also work with Star Wine List on its global awards series: Austrian Wine; Côtes du Rhône; and SoWine. Together they look at the steps they have taken to support the on-trade in lockdown around the world and what the new UK awards can do to help outlets return when they can.