Eclectic mix restores IWC judges' faith in Great Value

23 August, 2007

Nine out of 10 winners available on major supermarket shelves

The International Wine Challenge has revealed the winners of its Great Value Awards.

Nine out of the 10 winners are available on the shelves of major supermarket chains, compared to four last year.

Sainsbury's and Morrisons lead the pack, each stocking three award-winning wines.

A rigorous judging process carried out by IWC co-chairmen Derek Smedley MW, Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW and Charles Metcalfe singled out the 10 winners.

Metcalfe said: "We have wines here from seven different countries, and not a whiff of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.

"Instead, we see an eclectic selection; dry whites made from Chenin Blanc and Fiano, reds from Grenache and Montepulciano, a rosť made from Malbec, a sparkling Chenin and a sweet Muscat. All of them Gold or Silver medallists, and all refreshingly inexpensive.

"Who said the wine world was drowning in a flood of dodgy Chardonnay?"

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