People’s Choice Wine Awards 2018, Pt 2 – Who made the Shortlist?

Seems like ages ago I was in Manchester at the Albert Square Chop House sitting in a room full of fellow wine enthusiasts, both amateur and professional as a round 1 judge for the 2018 People’s Choice Wine Awards

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This was a unique awards competition unlike any other, where everyday drinkers/consumers of everyday wines, mostly found in popular supermarkets and retailers get a chance to pick the wines they would actually like to drink and buy and I for one found myself extremely proud and privileged to play a small part in the whole experience.

Big thanks again to orginiser Jane Harrison founder of Cracking Wine and the Fizz Festival for giving us ‘mere wine mortals’ a chance to be involved in what was a memorable experience.

So what made it through to the shortlist? (see the list below) where the actual winner of each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony to be held at the Comedy Store in Manchester on the 25th February 2019.

Wines for a Girls night in

  • Treasury Wine Estate – Blossom Hill Rose 
  • Iceland – Chateau Champteloup, Brut
  • Invivo Wines – Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fitz Wine – FITZ                                        
Girls night in shortlist

Out of the ordinary

  • Concha Y Toro – 1000 Stories Zinfandel
  • South East wineries Ltd – Sedlescombe Rose Brut
  • Waitrose Wine – Villa Blanche Terret Blanc
  • BIB Wine – Weingut Sraka Blaufrankisch

Boxing Clever

  • Off Piste Wines – Most Wanted, Sauvignon Blanc. Bag in a box
  • The Wine Society – Domaine Jaume Cotes du Rhone
  • Concha Y Toro – Isla Negra, Cabernet/Shiraz

Fabulous Fizz – Best sparkling wine UK

  • The Wine Society – Society’s Exhibition English Sparkling wine
  • Lyme Bay Winery – Lyme Bay sparkling Rose
  • Waitrose – Leckford Estate

Fabulous Fizz – Best Champagne

  • The Wine Society – Society’s Champagne Brut NV
  • Champagne Jacques Chaput – Jacques Chaput, Blanc-de-Noirs
  • ASDA – Extra Special Louis Bernard Vintage Champagne

Fabulous Fizz – Best sparkling – Rest of the world

  • Seckford Agencies – Bird in the Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir
  • Louis Latour – Cremant de Bourgogne Brut
  • Rude Wines – Rude Prosecco Brut

Food friendly reds for light meals

  • Rude Wines – Albert Bichot Coteaux Borguignons
  • The Wine Society – Society’s Beaujolais-Villages
  • Wakefield/Taylors – Promise Land Shiraz

Food friendly reds for easy weekday meals

  • Ian Botham Wines – Botham All Rounder Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Iceland – Rabo de Galo
  • Treasury Wine Estates – Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz

Food friendly reds for hearty meals

  • The Wine Society – Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva
  • ASDA – Orbitali Amarone Della Valpolocelli
  • Berkmann – Masi Campofiorin
  • Seckford Agencies – The Boxer Shiraz

Food friendly whites for light meals

  • Invivo wines – Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • Seckford Agencies – The Edge, Pinot Gris
  • Iceland – Doubtful Sound Sauvignon Blanc
  • Benchmark drinks – Botham All Rounder Chardonnay

Food friendly whites for aromatic/Asian cuisine

  • The Wine Society – Society’s Exhibition Alsace Gertwurztraminer
  • Aldi – Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling
  • Taylors Wines – St Andrews Chardonnay
  • Cono Sur wines – Cono Sur Bicicleta Gewurztraminer

Food friendly whites for meals with sauces

  • Concha Y Toro – Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier
  • Rude Wines – Michel Fonne Riesling Tradition
  • Treasury Wines Estates – Wolf Blass yellow label Chardonnay

Blow out wines

  • The Wine Society – Exhibition Barolo
  • Taylors Wines – The Pioneer Shiraz
  • Treasury Wines – Wolf Blass Gold label Riesling 
  • II Colle Sri Azienda Vitivinicola – Colle Baio
  • Berkmann Wine – Famile Brocard Chablis

Heavy duty wines

  • The Wine Society – Blind Spot Rutherglen Muscat
  • Raymond Reynolds – Sivipa – Moscatel – Malvasia 5yr old Madeira
  • Ramond Reynolds – Vinhos Barbeito – Malvasia

Party Central Wines

  • Off Piste Wines – Most Wanted Pinot Grigio Pink fizz (cans)
  • Rude Wines – Escada Touriga Nacional
  • Treasury Estates Wines – 19 Crimes Red blend

Bargain buys

  • Concha Y Toro – Isla Negra Merlot/Cabernet
  • The Wine Society – Vina Santico Carmanere
  • Concha Y Toro – Vina Maipo Merlot

One man and his Barbecue

  • Wakefield/Taylors – Jaraman Shiraz
  • The Wine Society – Exhibition Stellenbosch Pinotage
  • Domaine of the Bee – Grenachista
  • Wakefields/Taylors – St Andews Shiraz

War of the Roses

  • Rude Wines – Domaine de Pellehaut Family Reserve Rose
  • Invivo Wines – Graham Norton, Pink Rose
  • Concha Y Toro – Adorada

Sweets for my Sweet

  • Gem Wines – Eleganza
  • Seckford Agencies – Stanley Noble late Harvest 
  • The Wine Society – Exhibition Sauternes

Pizza Night

  • ASDA – Extra Special Primitivo
  • The Wine Society – Society’s Barbera D’Asti Superiore
  • Cellier des Dauphins – Cotes Du Rhone Reserve 
PCWine Awards Cartoon
Cartoon by Tony Husband

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