RESULTS ARE IN for the 2021 International Wines and Spirits Competition (NH)

The IWSC has just released the results of the 2021 Northern Hemisphere wines, and here are some of the winners.

This year there were 3,460 wines that were awarded medals.

Gold Medal Wines

Only 148 wines qualifying for a gold medal this year.

Fifteen of the wines were sweet wines and sixteen were fortified wines (with eight being port wines and eight were Sherries).

Canada this year received seven gold medalists in the sweet wine category. All seven were ice wines from the Niagara Peninsula, Ontario. The highest-rated wine was the Andrew Peller Estates, Niagara Peninsula VQA, 2019 Riesling, 10.5% ABV.

Greece also had two gold medalists – 2001 and the 2013 bottlings from Estate Argyros on Santorini. Other standout sweet wines included the Szent Tamás Furmint 2018 from Balassa Bor Tokaj in Hungary and the 2017 Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling from Weingut Rabl in Austria.

Sparkling Wine

There were 32 gold medalists in the sparkling wine category with France dominating this category with 14 winners. The top-ranked Champagne was the 2008 Piper Heidsieck, Brut. Right behind it was the 2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rosé Brut. Other standouts include the 2012 Chateau Palmer Brut and the 2008 Orpale Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc from Champagne de Saint Gall.

Italy had seven sparkling wine winners: Franciacorta, 2014 Brut from Lo Sparviere and, surprisingly, a 2020 Concerto Lambrusco Dry from Medici Ermete. There were four Prosecco bottlings: 2019, Duca di Dolle Societa’ Agricola, 100% Extra Dry; Tenuta di Collalbrigo, Non-Vintage, Extra Dry NV; Conte Collalto, Octavian Sui Leviticus Zero Dosage Brut Naturale and the 2020 San Salvatore Brut Millesimato Prosecco DOCG from Collalto.

UK had nine winners in the sparkling wine category, with the highest-rated British sparkler being Nyetimber, 2013 Blanc de Blanc.

Dry Still Wines

There was a total of 73 dry still wines that won gold medals. The top four countries that dominated this category were: Spain (7), France (12), Italy (28) and US (7). Together these four countries accounted for 54 of the 73 medalists.

The top-ranked French wine was the Famille Carabello-Baum, 2018 Corton Grand Cru, Pinot Noir. The top ranked Italian wine was the Lagarbiana 2016 Barolo from G.D. Vajra.

The top-ranked Spanish wine was the Vina Arnaiz, 2016 Pata Negra Reserva, Ribera Del Duero.

US Winners

Naked Wines, an online subscription wine vendor won three gold medals for its 2018 Exposed Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Petite Sirah and the 2019 Pinot Noir. Among premium wine producers, Francis Ford Coppola Winery won a gold medal for its 2017 Director’s Cut Zinfandel and the 2018 Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon.

There are a lot more winners to explore … you can find the complete list at the IWSC’s website  https://bit.ly/3hHNRiK

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The National Wine Committee approves the “Canelli” DOCG

The National Committee of PDO and PGI Wines approved Friday’s session, Wednesday, May 12th, the proposal for the Disciplinary of the new DOCG “Canelli”, starting a regulatory process which, ending within the year, will make the first official harvest possible. of white Moscato for “Canelli” in 2022. DOCG, or “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” is Italy’s highest appellation level.

Although reports indicate little will change in terms of wine style – with the new region likely to maintain the production of sweet, white, aromatic bubbles – the new Canelli DOCG will likely soon sport a “Riserva” title, a qualification specifically prohibited under the Asti production guidelines.

The region is comprised of 18 parishes around Canelli, 25km south of Asti and 70km southeast of Turin.

Currently, there are over forty producers within the Asti DOCG appellation that claim their Moscato d’Asti DOCG as the Canelli sub-area, which amounts to half a million bottles. Lorenzo Barbero, president of the Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti Docg Consortium comments on the news as follows: “The new Denomination certainly represents a further opportunity for qualitative growth for producers in a historic area such as Canelli”.

“Twenty years after the birth of the Association, Canelli’s centuries-old winemaking tradition will finally have its definitive recognition” says Flavio Scagliola, member of the board of the Canelli Producers Association and Vice President of the Asti Spumante and Moscato Consortium d’Asti Docg.

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Covent Garden launches a three-week Rosé Festival

Rosé season is here and to celebrate all things pink, Covent Garden [London] is hosting its first-ever three-week rosé festival which runs from May 17th to 6th June 6th.

Over 20 restaurants participating with over 30 varieties of rosé wine, rosé cocktails, rosé themed menus, as well as 9 pop-ups from Mirabeau, Amie Wine, HUN Wine, Dirty Martini, Chez Antoinette x AIX-en-Provence, Magners, The Bubble Bros, Fiona Fleur and The Oystermen x Pol Roger which will be taking over Covent Garden’s Piazza.

With the return of indoor dining, restaurants across Covent Garden will also reopen over 2,500 additional dining spots. The area will remain at the heart of outdoor dining with the botanical pocket garden seating area on the East Piazza remaining open for takeaway drinking and dining.

 

For visitors wanting to join in the blush celebrations but preferring non-alcoholic options Ladurée will host a rosé-inspired afternoon tea, Shake Shack will offer a limited-edition cherry blossom pink shake, Amorino will be serving their very instagramable rose-shaped ice-creams in a multitude of flavours and Bubble Wrap will sell an exclusive Covent Garden Rosé and Strawberry Blossom combo. For tea connoisseurs, Whittard and Mariage Freres will also be offering over 40 rose blend teas.

I would say it’s time for a glass of rosé and some retail therapy!

For more information and details about the Rosé Festival, indoor and outdoor dining and shopping log into coventgarden.london

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Penfolds’ “Wine of the World” Label

Penfolds has just launched its most radical project to date, the inaugural, four-bottle “California Collection” which are blends from both South Australia and California wine together – a concept that is certainly revolutionary in the fine wine world.

Penfolds, South Australia’s premier winemaker, has again pushed the envelope by releasing the inaugural “Wine of the World” label.

The four wines in this new series are from the 2018 vintage. The top two wines in the collection, ‘Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon’ and ‘Bin 149 Cabernet Sauvignon are both blends of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, with the Quantum Bin 98 mixed with 13% South Australian Shiraz and the Bin 149 blended with 14% South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

The other two wines in the collection are Californian. ‘Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz’ is a blend of fruit from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Paso Robles, and ‘Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon’ is from Napa Valley. 

The wines were released globally a few weeks ago and are priced at $50 US – $700 US.  

It was also hinted that more wines under Penfolds label will be coming from Bordeaux and Champagne in the future.

 While the idea of doing a cross-continental blend does not seem like a possibility for most winemakers, Penfolds can now say that they have certainly pioneered this concept.

https://www.penfolds.com/

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The Top 10 Countries That Drank The Most Wine In 2020

Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) has just revealed stats of the top ten countries that drank the most wine in 2020.

Global Consumption has fallen to its lowest point since 2002. OIV reports that that overall wine consumption had fallen three percent to 234 million hectolitres in 2020 – around 6.2 billion gallons. In terms of market value, OIV puts the total exports of wine-producing countries at an estimated 29.6 billion euros ($35.6 billion), a figure that would represent a fall of nearly seven percent.

OIV maintains that these numbers are an estimate.

“With the exception of Prosecco, sparkling wine is the category of wines that suffered the most in 2020,” the organization states.

So, which countries drank the most wine in 2020?

Here are the top 10 by consumption according to OIV.

  1. 1.US – 33mhl
  2. France– 24.7mhl
  3. Italy– 24.5mhl
  4. Germany– 19.8mhl
  5. UK– 13.3mhl
  6. China– 12.4mhl
  7. Russia– 10.3mhl
  8. Spain– 9.6mhl
  9. Argentina– 9.4mhl
  10. Australia– 5.7mhl

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