If you are looking to enter the London Wine Competition 2019 then it makes sense to act now and take advantage of early bird pricing for entries that runs out on December 14. The competition, now into its second year, looks to reward wines that are really connecting with consumers through the quality of the wine, but also how they stand out on shelf. Six leading MWs have also now joined the already impressive line up of professional judges including many leading sommeliers.
The London Wine Competition looks to assess and reward wines based on how consumers judge them. To help pick out the winning wines in the 2019 competition are six Masters of Wine who have joined the judging panel. But if you are going to enter act now to take advantage of early bird pricing (£95 rather than full price £125) that ends on December 14.
The London Wine Competition was launched in 2017 by the Beverage Trade Network, the US drinks events, services, business and publishing group. It is now back for its second year of competition and calling out for entries to take advantage of its early bird pricing rates.
Sid Patel, founder of the LWC and chief executive of the Beverage Trade Network, says the awards are looking to offer the trade and the wine buying public a different kind of event that looks at wine in a different way from those competitions that only look at wines blind. As he explains: “At all the major competitions, wines are judged solely on the quality of what’s in the bottle. We wanted to take a different approach, by asking our judges to look at wines the way wine drinkers do, adding appearance and value for money into the mix.”
To help reward those wines the LWC has already pulled together an impressive list of professional judges that serve customers with wine every day of the week. Particularly from the sommelier and restaurant sectors who are arguably the best placed to see what sort of wines consumers are buying and coming back to you.
New judges have been added to the competition including six Masters of Wine. These include:
- Rebecca Gibb MW
- Philip Harden MW
- Robin Kick MW
- Joanne Ahearne MW
- Barbara Drew DW
- David Forer MW
These judges join other MWs who are part of the panel including Demetri Walters MW, wine educator and presenter for Berry Bros. & Rudd and Madeleine Strenweth MW, wine educator and consultant and one of only two MWs in Sweden.
To ensure each of these elements are carefully considered during the judging process, the point scores are broken down in this way.
• Quality Score: marked out of 50
• Value Score: marked out of 25
• Packaging/Design Score: marked out of 25
Wines that score 90+ points are awarded Gold medals, while wines that score 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals.
The first round of the competition was held earlier this year. In all 16 wines from around world received a Gold medal, including five from Australia and four from Italy. There were also 137 Silver medals announced.
The top scoring wine was Arcadian Shiraz from Idyll Wine Co. in Australia, was named the “Wine of the Year.” The wine comes from Australia’s Moorabool Valley, in Victoria, which has been making wines since 1966 and was one of the first vineyards to be planted in the area following the decimation of the local wine industry by the phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century.
Of the Gold medal wines two came from the UK, a Blanc de Blanc from Hoffman & Rathbone (number five in the Top 10 overall wines) and Raimes Classic English Sparkling (10th highest scoring wine overall).
As the LWC wants to rewards wines that are going to genuinely sell in restaurants and bars it has looked to ensure its judges are wine professionals, and sommeliers working directly with customers on the restaurant floor. They, after all, know more than anyone what is going to sell or not.
The full list of judges can be found here, but also includes.
• Anna Botting, head sommelier, Murano
• Stefano Pasqual, head sommelier, Gordon Ramsay
• Piotr Pietras, head sommelier
• Clement Robert MS, head sommelier, 28-50 restaurant group
• Michael Raebel, head sommelier, Rosewood Hotel
• Julien Sarrasin, head sommelier, Club Gascon
• Greg Sherwood MW, Handford Wines
• David Vareille, head sommelier, The Arts Club
• Tom Hunt, Hawsmoor
• Tom Gilbey MW, The Vintner
• Tim Hanni MW, wine consultant
How to enter
If you are looking to enter the LWC then do so soon to take advantage of early bird rates of £95 which end on December 14. After then the entry fee will be £125 per entry.
To find out more click here.
Judging for the 2019 competition will take place at The Worx in London on March 21-22 2019 with the winners expected to be announced soon after.
If you are looking for any more information on then go to its main website here.