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    CSWWC announces 2021 World Champion Trophy Awards

    All week The Buyer has been working with the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships to help announce the winners in all its categories. So far we have been able to reveal the 56 Best in Class winners, the 13 Regional Champions, 12 National Champions and here today everything comes to a head with the announcement of seven World Champions, the supreme world champion, the Tony Jordan Rising Star Award and the Chairman’s Trophy.

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    CSWWC Awards 2021: National Champions around the world

    Today’s spotlight in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships turns to its National Champion award winners that picks out the best wine out of all those entered in any particular country. It is the award that producers looking for local bragging rights want to win and identifies those players that are leading the way in their respective countries. The CSWWC is announcing different sets of results each day this week in partnership with The Buyer.

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    CSWWC Awards 2021: Regional Champion winners by country

    The Regional Champion awards in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships have been given to the best performing sparkling wine and Champagnes in four of the world’s leading wine producing countries: the United States; Spain; France; and Italy. They are the latest awards to be presented as part of the week long celebrations by the CSWWC team and follow the Best in Class medals announced on Monday, writes Richard Siddle

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    London Competitions judge on quality, value for money & design

    The London Competitions have been designed to only reward those drinks brands that show they truly understand their target customers, and the price category they are operating in. It’s why the separate London Wine, London Beer and London Spirits Competitions have been set up to assess products in three key ways: their quality; their value for money; and their packaging and design. Here’s how you can take part in the 2022 awards.

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    CSWWC Virtual Awards 2021: Best in Class Medal Winners

    The Buyer has once again teamed up with the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships – the only global event dedicated to the two categories – to announce the winners for the 2021 event. Throughout the week we will be revealing the different medal and trophy winners starting today with the Best in Class certificates that represent the stand out Gold medal winning entries in their category. Over the course of the next few days we will also be announcing Regional Trophy winners, National Trophy awards and World Champion and Special Trophy winners.

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    Entry countdown for standalone People’s Choice Spirits Awards

    The clock is ticking down for entries into what will be the first standalone People’s Choice Spirits Awards that is being run as an event its own right for the 2022 awards. Here Janet Harrison, founder of the People’s Choice Drinks Awards, explains the latest developments with both the spirits and wine competitions and the introduction of a new Independent Bar awards in partnership with Master of Malt.

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    Last chance for London Drinks Competitions’ special pricing

    The clock is ticking for beers, wines and spirits producers to enter the 2022 London Drinks Competitions and take advantage of special pricing that ends on October 15. There will still be time to enter the competitions up to the end of February but at the full entry fee for each of the three awards. The London Wine, Beer, and Spirits competitions pride themselves on judging every product entered for its quality, price, value for money and what they look like with their packaging and design. Here’s how you can enter the 2022 awards.

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    London Drinks Competitions: 7 days to get Super Early Pricing

    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.

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    People’s Choice Spirits Awards launches video brand category

    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.

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    London Wine Competition 2022 targets retailers & merchants

    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.

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    How IWSC launched the first 100% fermented juice awards

    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.

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    London Wine Competition targets new 2022 entries

    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.

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    How River Café came top in the UK Copa Jerez Competition 2021

    “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.

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    People’s Choice Drinks Awards to run two separate competitions

    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.

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    Star Wine List of the Year Awards – world’s best wine restaurants

    “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.

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    Producers can enter International Bulk Wine Competition

    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.

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    London Spirits Competition 2021: Best Spirits & Brands by Country

    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.

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    London Wine Competition: Best Wines and Producers by 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.

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    Top Gold Medal spirits brands in 2021 London Spirits Competition

    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.

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    Muyu Vetiver Gris: Best Design in London Spirits Competition

    “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.

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