Award Winning Wines—

How much do you trust those shiny little circular stickers on wine bottles? These medal-winning wines are judged by teams of experts without revealing the label. The International Wine & Spirits Competition here in the UK is worth noting, Wine GB Awards cover local bottles, the Decanter World Wine Awards are good and the International Wine Challenge is another reliable steer. Here’s my tip: whatever the competition, if the wine wins a trophy, gold or silver medal, take note. Worry less about chasing bronze or commended. And for a daily dose of good wine under ten quid, check out the Value Vino wine awards on my website.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Finest Pedro Ximenez (15%) £6 (37.5cl) Tesco. Sweet dark sticky treasure, try pouring it over vanilla ice cream! (Gold, IWC 2019)

Gaillac Perle ‘Evocation’ 2019 (12%) £7.99* MajesticA Value Vino award winner and fresher than surfing through the ozone layer. *Mix Six

Irresistible Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018 (12%) (13%) £7 Co-op. Perfect with tomato pasta, this won Gold at the IWSC 2020.

Black Chalk Classic 2016 (12%) £35 blackchalkwine.co.ukAmong the best fizz in Britain, pristine and soaring with splendour. (Wine GB Trophy).

WINE OF THE WEEK

Sorso Nero D’Avola 2018 (13%) £6.75 Morrisons. Black cherry brilliance and a Silver medal winner at The Decanter Awards.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 18th October 2020

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