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.
“It’s great to be able to recognise the fantastic work done in the on-trade and all the hard work that goes into putting together a wine list and offering a truly unique experience to the guests.” That might be the reason why Nigel O’Sullivan, founder of Fine Wines Direct UK, wants to support the new UK Wine List Awards, but it also very much sums up the approach he and his team take when helping restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels put together their wine lists. Here he explains why working in long term partnerships with its customers and producers is key to its success.
The finalists in the inaugural UK Wine List of the Year awards, co-hosted by The Buyer and Star Wine List have been announced. These awards have been introduced to recognise the work that goes on behind the scenes to reward and recognise the sommeliers and buyers responsible for working with their suppliers to compile the most dynamic wine lists in the country. What’s more the finalists are decided by the all sommelier judging panel featuring former Best Sommeliers in the world. The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony at 6pm (GMT) on February 22.
Here’s a great opportunity for front and back of house teams in restaurants to get working together – even if their doors remain closed. The Copa Jerez competition invites sommeliers and chefs to come together and create their own three-course menus where each dish can be served with a different style of sherry. The event is being run in eight countries around the world, with the UK winners joining the best sommeliers and chefs from the other competing nations in a global final later this year.
If you wanted or needed an excuse to go on YouTube then this evening it was the host of the 2021 People’s Choice Drinks Awards with a virtual ceremony that may not have been quite like the real thing – with a night out in Manchester to boot – but they still had the same buzz and sense of fun that have made these awards such a breath of fresh air since they were launched in 2017. What other awards has Kylie Minogue walking off with two of the main prizes…?
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.
This was the first year the People’s Choice Drinks Awards ran separate judging sessions, using professional spirits buyers, to help assess the eight standalone spirits categories it has introduced to the overall event. In keeping with the ethos of the People’s Choice Drinks Awards consumers were also invited to take part in the judging which was able to take place both in person and virtually. Here is the shortlist of brand owners, distillers and importers who make up the finalists.
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 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.