This year’s finalists in the Star Wine List of the Year UK with The Buyer have been announced and includes the biggest selection of restaurants and bars to make it through to the awards shortlist. It will see some of the UK’s most prestigious restaurants and bars battling it out to see who comes out top in each category. The shortlisted venues can take pride in being selected by an esteemed judging panel that includes Piotr Pietras MS, Ronan Sayburn MS and Jan Konetzki.
The clock is ticking for entries into the separate 2023 London Wine, London Beer and London Spirit Competitions. An opportunity for producers, brand owners, importers, wine merchants, retailers and on-trade operators to pick out the drinks in their ranges they think best represent what they do. The products they think best connect with their targets customers. Here Richard Siddle sets out how and why these competitions stand out – from their own competition.
The UK Wine List of the Year awards are back giving restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs across the country the chance to showcase the work that goes on behind the scenes by wine buyers and sommeliers to pull together market leading wine lists. The awards are organised by Star Wine List, in partnership with The Buyer, as part of its International series of wine list competitions that are held in cities and countries all over the world. Here we set out what the categories are to enter for the 2023 competition, including a new standalone award for the most sustainable wine list.
It’s not just the products and brands that enter the 2023 London Spirits Competition that are stars of the show, but the panel of judges that have been lined up to assess them and hand out the medals. Only drinks professionals with direct bar, restaurant, retail or spirits background are invited to take part with a line-up of talent that includes some of the most influential names in the world of spirits. Here’s who is taking part.
Over the last few weeks panels of every day wine drinkers and wine trade professionals have been analysing, checking, tasting and scoring flights of wines and spirits as part of the judging for both what is the sixth People’s’ Choice Wine Awards and the third People’s Choice Spirits Awards. Judging sessions were held in both Manchester and London to get a more diverse set of judges from different backgrounds. Here Janet Harrison, founder of both competitions, explains how the judging went, announces the shortlists and picks out some highlights for how the 2023 awards are going to be run.
The second edition of the Wine Pinnacle Awards that took place last week in Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa was the chance to reward and shine the spotlight on some of the world’s leading producers and their wines. In all 18 awards were presented at the Gala Dinner, which was the culmination of five days of debates, conferences, masterclasses and special Michelin star dinners. Here we reveal the winners of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2002.
The great and good of the Champagne and sparkling wine world gathered in London last week to mark the 2022 CSWWC Awards Dinner and the chance to celebrate as well as reward the very best in the sector. In all there were eight World Champions, 10 National Champions and 13 Regional Champions who were all presented at a global ‘who’s who’ gathering of over 150 international winemakers, producers, leading industry figures, and journalists at London’s iconic Merchants Taylors Hall.
As the entry process for the 2023 London Wine Competition gets under way we take a close look at the line up of judges that have been invited to take part in assessing, scoring and potentially rewarding the medals in next year’s awards. As this remains the only international wine competition based on judging wines blind, but also for their value for money, price position and packaging and design only professionals with direct buying experience working in the wine trade are invited to take part, alongside Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards judging panel have been busy tasting, assessing and scoring some of the best wines made in the world and have cast their votes in order to pick out the finalists in the 2022 event. Each jury member is allowed to vote for nine wines in each category, from which a final shortlist of three nominees is selected based on the number of points given. Here we reveal who those three finalists per category are.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards has been set up to work with some of the most respected, influential and expert figures in the world of wine. A Technical Committee that has been brought together to help determine how the awards are run, the categories used to select the wines to judge and the jury members it then asks to help taste and analyse them. Here we introduce the Technical Committee of leading wine figures behind the 2022 Wine Pinnacle Awards.
The Wine Pinnacle Awards hopes to live up to its name by recruiting some of the most talented, influential and important figures in the world of wine to use their expertise to select the very best wines that they believe are setting the standards and benchmarks for the rest of the wine industry. The Wine Pinnacle Awards, now into its second year, are based on categories the awards’ technical committee believe best represent the trends happening in wine that year. Here’s how it all comes together.
“It is not only our mission to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world.” That’s how Tom Stevenson, founder and chairman of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships introduces the results of the medal winners in the 2022 competition. The CSWWC has grown to become the world’s biggest and most respected awards initiative for the Champagne and sparkling wine sectors with medal winners selected from over 1,000 wines entered.
As the entry process for the 2023 London Wine Competition gets underway we look back at the best performing wines from the 2022 awards by picking out the wines that scored the most points, and came top in the individual quality, value and packaging and design categories. The London Wine Competition prides itself on judging wines in the same way that consumer do – what they taste like, how much they cost and what they look like.
The overall winning spirit in the 2022 London Spirits Competition scored 98 points – for Bareksten Navy Strength Gin, produced by the Oss Craft Distillery in Norway. If you think your spirit brand is the best, or can at least hold it its own in its category, then the entry process for the 2023 London Spirits Competition is now open and anyone entering before the end of August. Here’s what you need to know.
As many of our thoughts might be turning to our summer holidays the major drinks competitions are all gearing up their 2023 awards by opening up their entry process. Here Janet Harrison explains why she thinks the People’s Choice Drinks Awards stand out for attention as one of the rare awards that allow the average wine drinker and consumer to take part in the judging. She also explains some of the new categories and features for an awards that grows in significance and stature every year.
The 2023 London Wine Competition is open for entries with any producer, importer, wine supplier or retailer entering their wines before August 31 able to qualify for Super Early Bird pricing. This remains one of the only global wine competitions that looks to identify the wines that consumers will most want to pick up off a shelf as they are judged on what they taste like, how much they cost and crucially what they look like.
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.