Asda wins best supermarket for wine at Decanter Retailer Awards

Asda wins best supermarket for wine at Decanter Retailer AwardsAsda has beaten rivals such as Inscription & Spencer to win best supermarket for wine at the 2015 Decanter Retailer Awards. See who else won prizes. Peter Richards MW at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremonyDecanter Retailer Awards judges praised Walmart-owned Asda‘s commitment to making a diverse and different wine range with the launch of its Asda Wine Atlas, using the tagline ‘a passport to wine discovery’.
This is what sealed Asda’s victory ahead of sprinter-up Inscription & Spencer, even though judges also praised the ‘adventurous spirit’ and high quality of the M&S range.
‘The winner may come as a surprise to some in the room, but it is fully deserved,’ said awards chair Peter Richards MW at the Decanter Retailer Awards ceremony at London’s Connaught hotel last nighttime.
‘It feels incredible to win,’ said an thrilled Philippa Carr MW, Asda wine manager, immediately after collecting the certificate. Read more

Mamba Awards 2015: Liberty wins first Decanter trophy

Mamba Awards 2015: Liberty wins first Decanter trophyJohn Duval’s Annexus Grenache and Cullen Mangan Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon have helped UK importer Liberty Wines win the inaugural Decanter Perpetual Trophy at The Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards last nighttime. Cullen in Margaret River, which helped Liberty Wines to win the Decanter trophy.The Mamba Awards – now in their eighth year – highlight the quality and value of Australian wine in the UK market, and are judged non-blind, with prices revealed, by members of the wine trade.
They are hosted and sponsored by Roger and Sue Jones, chef/proprietor and front of house correspondingly of the Michelin-starred The Harrow at Small Bedwyn in Wiltshire. Decanter is a supporter, along with glassware maker Riedel, drinks charity The Benevolent, Wine Australia and Jansz sparkling wine.
This year’s categories were Semillon (10 entries), Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon (18) and Grenache and blends (42), with wines ranging in fee from £9.50 to £43.99. The winner of each category received a Mamba decanter from Riedel.
Duval’s 2013 Grenache – the first vintage of this wine from the former winemaker of Penfolds Grange and also the most expensive wine of the competition – won its category, followed by fellow Barossa Valley stars Teusner’s Joshua Grenache-Mataro-Shiraz 2013 (Holy Ground, £26) and Kalleske’s Clarry’s Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro 2014 (New Generation, £19.99).
Of the Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blends, Margaret River swept the board, with Larry Cherubino’s Pedestal 2013 (Hallgarten, £19) taking the top spot, followed by Fraser Gallop’s 2012 blend (Bibendum, £16.95) and Cullen’s Mangan 2013 (Liberty Wines, £19.99).
The Hunter Valley also stole the show in the Semillon category, with Tyrrell’s Vat 1 2009 (Fells, £25) taking the Mamba from Brokenwood’s ILR Reserve 2007 (Negociants, £33) and Mount Pleasant’s Cellar-Aged Elizabeth 2007 (Majestic, £14.99)
Decanter’s consultant editor Steven Spurrier presented UK importer Negociants with the inaugural Yvonne May Memorial Decanter for the best-value wine of the evening as chosen by the tasters – Yalumba’s Ancient Bush Vine Grenache 2013 (£14).
The award, sponsored by Wine Australia, is in honour of the generic body’s regional director of the EU, UK and Ireland who lost her battle with cancer last year.
Roger Jones is one of the judges on the Australia panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards and regularly judges Australian wines at Decanter panel tastings. The Harrow’s wine list of 1,000 bins is more than a third Australian.
See Mamba Awards results for 2014 and 2013.
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