France tops IWC trophy list
Published:  09 July, 2010

The International Wine Challenge has named its 2010 Great Value Wine and trophy award winners, with France claiming most for the second year running.

France notched up 21 trophies for its wines, followed by Japanís sake category with 14, Australia with 12 and Portugal with 11.†?Germany, Italy and New Zealand were each awarded eight trophies. In total, 111 wines were awarded a trophy, while there were 14 Great Value Wines.

Chris Ashton, IWC event director, said: ďThe IWC has once again given support to the international wine market with these respected and influential awards. Winning a trophy or Great Value Wine award gives a wine real prestige.

ďIt is a well-earned recognition of the dedication and commitment thatís gone into producing a top-quality wine and puts the producers on the map.Ē The trophy stage is the final round in the IWC, where gold medal wines are tasted by an elite panel against other wines in the same category.

The guest judge was Oz Clarke, who joined IWC co-chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW on the judging panel.?

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