The People’s Choice Wine Awards is the first competition out of the traps in 2021 to announce its finalists in this year’s competition. Once again the awards stand out as they include both everyday wine drinkers as well as professional trade judges in deciding who should be on the shortlists in each category. This year’s competition included both in person judging when it was possible and virtual judging. Here is event founder Janet Harrison to explain how this awards have gone with links to all the wine finalists and a chance for you to vote for the finalists in the Retail award categories.
The speed at which restaurants, bars and pubs switched to doing takeaways, pick-ups, deliveries and online during the Covid-19 lockdown was one of the few highlights of 2020. It is why the new UK Wine List of the Year awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List, includes a standalone Lockdown Wine List category to celebrate and reward the efforts that many outlets have taken to continue to serve their customers. Here John Graves explains why Bibendum is so pleased to be the category sponsor.
The doors of restaurants and bars up and down the UK might be closed due to Covid-19, but there is still much work going on behind the scenes to make sure they are ready to burst back into life as soon as they are allowed. That’s what the new ‘UK Wine List of the Year’ awards – co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List – are all about. The chance to to celebrate the best sommelier and wine buying talent in the UK and the work they continue to do with their suppliers to create and manage some of the best wine lists in the world. Here’s how you can enter the 2021 awards – including a special Lockdown Wine List of the Year category.
The often repeated mantra amongst wine producers the world over is if they can make it onto the most prestigious wine lists in the best UK restaurants and bars, particularly the top ones in London, then you can make it anywhere in the world. Even when the UK on-trade has had to be closed for so much of 2020, the impact of having your wines on the most influential lists, can have a halo effect in gaining listings in other key countries and cities. It’s why The Buyer is today teaming up with Star Wine List to launch the ‘UK Wine List of The Year’ with all category winners going through to the Global Wine List Final to be held in Vienna in May 2021. The UK awards will be handed out on February 22 so there is not much time to get your entries in. The winners will be selected by a panel made up of some of the most celebrated sommeliers in the world, including a number of former Best Sommeliers in the World. Here’s how the competition is going to how and how you can take part.
The London Wine Competition was introduced to give producers a new event that judged their wines in the same way that consumers do. By how good they are quality wise, what they look like on shelf and how much they cost. In order to determine the wines that have got those three factors right requires professional judges with the experience of buying wines for consumers across the on and off-trades. Which is why the LWC’s judging panel is made up of Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers and leading trade buyers from the restaurant and retail industry.
There have been celebrations all over the world this week as The Buyer has teamed up with the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships to host its Virtual Awards Week announcing a total of 37 trophies to the greatest sparkling wine producers from around the globe. Today we come to the final announcements with the unveiling of the Supreme World Champion along with nine World Champions, the Tony Jordan Rising Star Award and the Chairman’s Trophy.
We continue with our coverage of the daily announcements of the separate categories in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships for 2020. So far we have seen the results of the Best in Class and Regional Trophy Winners. Today the spotlight falls on the National Trophy Winners that are the stand out wines and producers in their country.
Throughout this week The Buyer is announcing the winners and awards that are being announced for this year’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, the only competition that is exclusively for Champagne and sparkling wine producers to enter. Founded by Tom Stevenson it is now releasing the results of its sixth year of competition. Today the spotlight falls on the Regional Trophy winners.
Across the coming week The Buyer has teamed up with Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships to announce the various category awards in this year’s event. We start 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 (December 9), National Trophy awards (December 10) and World Champion and Special Trophy winners (December 11).
The London Wine Competition goes into its 4th year stronger than ever on the back of record entries for the 2020 awards and a new dedicated website, The London Drinks Guide, that has been launched to help promote and tell the stories of the wineries, producers and wines that end up coming out top in the competition. For winning a medal is one thing, getting the chance to promote it directly to consumers is a real point of difference.
The world’s best spirits will once again be battling it out and vying for attention in the London Spirits Competition, which goes into its fourth year on the back of record entries for the 2020 event, increased recognition around the world and a new consumer website, The London Drinks Guide, that has been launched by its organisers to help promote the brands, distillers and their importers who pick up medals and trophies in the event.
2020 will not go down as a year for anyone to be doing much celebrating, but it has not dampened the spirits of the Champagne and sparkling wine world with a record number of entries into this year’s Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships with producers from up to 30 countries competing for the event’s top awards. Today The Buyer reveals the winners of what are a total of 128 Gold and 237 Silver medal winners with the trophy results to be released next month.
As the closing credits on the first online ceremony for the IWSC awards have just finished The Buyer releases the results of the 20 most coveted trophies in its 2020 competition. Producers, distillers, suppliers, retailers and leading figures across the wine and spirit sectors have all had the chance to watch the first virtual pre-recorded awards ceremony – hosted by David Kermode and Joel Harrison from the Ridgeview winery in East Sussex. Here’s who the trophies were awarded to…
Spirit producers and distillers the world over are fixated on creating the best styles and blends of gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies or whatever. But however hard they work to get their products right it will all come to nothing unless they can find bar tenders and bar managers who can equally believe in what they are making in order to use and sell them in their outlets. It’s that connection between award winning spirits and the bar community that the London Spirits Competition works so hard to foster, as Richard Siddle explains.
The big lesson from 2020 is whilst we have mostly been restricted about what we can do, particularly in terms of travelling, and holding live events and tastings, it has not been an excuse to stand still. Here’s how the London Wine Competition has brushed itself down and come back for its 2021 awards with a host of new initiatives to take the event to the next level.
The big challenge put to international drinks competitions from the producers they want to enter is what do they do to help promote the products that pick up medals and trophies in their awards? With so many global drinks competitions how does my end consumer even know which products have done well? That is why the London Drinks Competition (covering wine, beers and spirits) has launched the online London Drinks Guide platform to help promote the drinks and producers that win and the venues selling them.