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Medal Winners Tastings


Richmond Wine Society met on Monday and Tuesday, and Teddington on Thursday and Friday last week, and over 100 of us sampled some of the best wine from this year’s wine awards.

The Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge, Sommeliers Wine Awards  and Independent Wine Merchant Top 100 are made each year, judged by panels of judges who taste the wines blind, first choosing the winners for particular regions or grape varieties.  These winners then go in to competition for country trophies and even higher accolades.  Our lineup included Gold and Platinum Medal winners, Best in Show and some great value wines.

Wines are listed on the Wines we have tasted page.

Among the winners were a couple of wine from estates we have visited on the wine tours I run.  Quintin Quider’s winery, Wild Earth in the Kawarau Gorge in South Otago, won a DWWA Gold for its 2016 Pinot Noir, also in the Wine Merchants’ Top 100 list.  Not only does he make fabulous wines, but this former abalone and mussel diver from Los Angeles runs a very innovative restaurant and is a hugely entertaining host.  It’s nearly five years since we visited New Zealand so a return feels like it may be necessary!

More recently we went to Donnafugata in Sicily, a lovely winery to visit, also offering very innovative food, and making lovely wine.  Their Ben Rye 2016 Passito di Pantelleria deserved its DWWA Platinum award – and went very well at Teddington with some Dolcelatte. To find out more, read my tour reports for New Zealand and Sicily.

Not wishing to blow my own trumpet, but it was rather nice at Teddington to celebrate the award I had won on Wednesday night at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society.  Wanderlust travel magazine awarded me ‘Specialist Tour Guide of the Year’, and I am very grateful to all the clients who nominated me.  Some even came to the ceremony, and I felt very honoured to be included in the awards.  You can read more about the awards here.