Charge your glasses

The in­au­gu­ral UK Wine Awards, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Coun­try Life, bring long-over­due recog­ni­tion to ‘one of the most ex­cit­ing wine re­gions in the world’–and the results are in

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Who has won the in­au­gu­ral UK Wine Awards?

The english and Welsh are com­ing and will not be de­nied!’ This is not a call to arms, but a salvo to the vine­yards of this blessed isle. The grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of english and Welsh wines has in­spired the launch of a new com­pe­ti­tion, the UK Wine Awards (UKWAS), sup­ported by Coun­try Life, ho­tel du Vin and Waitrose and with a judg­ing team co-chaired by TV pre­sen­ters, broad­cast­ers and writ­ers Susie Bar­rie MW and the ef­fer­ves­cent Oz Clarke, quoted above.

‘The UK is one of the most ex­cit­ing wine re­gions in the world right now,’ adds Miss Bar­rie, ‘and it de­serves a con­tem­po­rary com­pe­ti­tion like the UKWAS to re­ward the best of the best.’

Nearly 300 wines were en­tered from pro­duc­ers of all sizes, rang­ing from an ever-in­creas­ing se­lec­tion of sparkling wines to still white, rosé and red. The wines were judged by 12 ex­perts, from writ­ers and re­tail­ers (Waitrose, Cor­ney & Barrow, Marks & Spencer) to tech­nol­o­gists, restau­ra­teurs (hakkasan, Tate) and Masters of Wine.

A very re­spectable 20 gold, 36 sil­ver and 127 bronze medals were awarded and a tro­phy was granted to the finest wine in each of five cat­e­gories, with ad­di­tonal tro­phies for best still and best sparkling, plus the over­all win­ner. Visit www.ukva.org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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