Rais­ing a glass to top vine­yard

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A vine­yard has added to its clus­ter of awards at an in­ter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tion. Bid­den­den Vine­yards came away from the De­canter World Wine Awards with an ar­ray of gongs af­ter the firm im­pressed judges from The In­sti­tute of Masters of Wine, at Lon­don’s To­bacco Dock. Bid­den­den’s Ortega 2014 was awarded a De­canter sil­ver medal, while its Pinot Re­serve 2010 was be­stowed with a bronze som­me­lier wine award, with judges de­scrib­ing the drink as “un­usual but beau­ti­ful”. Ortega 2014 was also a com­mended medal win­ner in the som­me­lier wine awards. All the wines were blind­tasted by the ex­perts at the event, which is the largest in­ter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tion of its kind and at­tracted more than 16,000 en­tries this year. Judges work in small teams ac­cord­ing to their re­gional or spe­cial­ity knowl­edge of wines. A Bid­den­den cider was also recog­nised for its qual­ity at the In­ter­na­tional Cider Chal­lenge 2016 awards, which re­ceived en­tries from Canada to Croa­tia. Bid­den­den’s Bushels re­ceived a Bronze award af­ter a nine-strong judg­ing panel con­sist­ing of buy­ers, in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers, cider ex­perts, jour­nal­ists and cider mak­ers rated it highly.

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