IWC great value wine winners revealed

10 August, 2007

The International Wine Challenge has revealed the winners of its Great Value Awards for wines that represent exceptional value for money.

Nine of the ten winners are available on the shelves of UK supermarkets, compared to four of last year's Great Value winners.

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

Sainsbury’s and Morrisons lead the pack, each stocking three award-winning wines. Sainsbury’s own-label Taste the Difference 12 year old Oloroso Sherry scooped the prize for a fortified wine selling for between £5 and £10.

“We have wines here from seven different countries, and not a whiff of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz,” Metcalfe said. He added: “Instead, we see an eclectic selection; dry whites made from Chenin Blanc and Fiano, reds from Grenache and Montepulciano, a rosé 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?”.

A list of Great Value winners is due to be published at

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