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A few sips with Casa Ermelinda Freitas

Following their outstanding success in the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) 2019, winning the coveted...

Wenlock Spring celebrates 30 years as the natural companion to wine

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of award-winning water brand and SWA sponsor, Wenlock Spring...

Surprises and great value as SWA Wines of the Year revealed

After nearly three thousand wines, 150 tasters and seven days of judging, the Sommelier Wine...

SWA at Imbibe Live

The Sommelier Wine Awards will be at Imbibe Live, showcasing some of our 2019 Gold Medal winners...

A few sips with... Marco Marcuzzo

SWA judge and Head Sommelier at D&D London restaurant Aster, Marco Marcuzzo tells us all...

An aristocrat, a newbie and an old favourite – meet our Producers of the Year 2019

From a consistently great-value Cape producer to one of the biggest names in Champagne, via an up...

Unveiled: Sommelier Wine Awards Merchant Awards 2019

Enotria&Coe put in a powerhouse performance to win this year’s Merchant of the Year...

Record rises as sparklers dominate at SWA

Sparkling wine was the big winner from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, with a 75...

‘Oak is out, acidity is in, but why?’

As a kind of ‘somm’s eye view’ of the wine world, the Sommelier Wine Awards is...

Aussie Shiraz hits record Gold haul

Australian Shiraz had its second power-year in a row at the Sommelier Wine Awards, pulling in...

Nude introduce Stem Zero Ion Shielding

Nude has introduced ion-shielding technology to its super elegant and delicate Stem Zero...

New Street Wine launch ‘Meet the Producer’ series

D&D London have announced a new Meet The Producer Series at their New Street Wine venue.

This year's SWA Food Match round-up

The Sommelier Wine Awards judging comes to and end with the Food Match round, which took place at...

Tuscan wines hit the right note on final day of judging

The final day of the Sommelier Wine Awards judging started off with a fitting tribute to the late...

Southern Rhône steals the show

Southern France has wowed judges on the first day of the second round of SWA judging, with...

Success stories: Sivipa

As judging begins for the 2019 Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA), we met with Filipe Cardoso, winemaker...

Former SWA judges develop cellar at Cabotte

With the launch of their new hospitality industry members club, Trade, recently, we take a look...

Around the ‘edges’ of the wine world

From Greek and Turkish whites, to Austrian wines and ‘fascinating’ flights from...

‘Classic’s day’ at the Sommelier Wine Awards

Week two of the Sommelier Wine Awards kicked off with house reds and rosé today but what really...

Israeli wines ‘sensational’ debut

Today saw the outstanding debut of Israeli wines in the Sommelier Wine Awards.

A strong start to the 2019 Sommelier Wine Awards judging

The 2019 judging for the Sommelier Wine Awards has begun today, with over 60 sommeliers lined up...

EuroCave at Le’ Atelier De Joel Robuchon the perfect partnership

Holding the title of the most Michelin starred chef in the world Joel Robuchon garnered an...

Gerard Basset (1957-2019): ‘He changed the game for sommeliers in the UK…’

The wine world and the UK on-trade in particular are in mourning following the announcement of...

The SWA wine wish list for 2019... by Chris Losh

Did you get what you want for Christmas? Socks? New corkscrew? 1500-mile long border wall?

SWA's Christmas Menu 2018

Each year the Christmas festivities provide the perfect platform for team Imbibe to showcase...

SWA Judges dominate Personality of the Year shortlist

Sommelier Wine Awards judges have dominated the wine and restaurant sections of this year’s...

Oaxit, Married Couples and Cabernet as SWA Senior Judges Battle with Barrels

It’s the issue that’s divided the country. Some are passionately in favour, others...

Nude announces partnership with style icon Iris Apfel

SWA sponsor and global design brand, Nude, has announced a partnership with style icon Iris Apfel...

‘Judges - you make the competition what it is…’ Christine Parkinson

Head of Judging at the Sommelier Wine Awards, Hakkasan’s Christine Parkinson delivered a...

Our judge's favourite wines from SWA 2018

During the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) judging days our panel of taster’s kindly offer up...

Fast track to award-winning wines

Sommelier Wine Awards, the only wine competition judged by the on-trade and run in conjunction...

D&D London announced as SWA Restaurant Partner

The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) has announced they will be partnering with D&D London as...

Success stories: Top Selection

We take a few sips with Melodie Konforti, Managing Director at Top Selection, to find out what...

Success stories: DFJ Vinhos

Following several medal wins in the 2018 SWA competition, we take a few sips with DFJ Vinhos...

Success stories: Toppesfield Vineyard

After this year’s successful Gold medal win for their Bacchus, we take a few sips with Jane...

Trade Tastings this month

September is a busy month for tastings of Autumn Portfolios. Here we have a list of those coming...

Wenlock Spring win Gold for innovative packaging design

Sommelier Wine Awards sponsor, Wenlock Spring, has added another award to their list of accolades...

SWA’s wine picks for Summer

Before everyone heads off for the summer to enjoy lazy days, beach walks and great food and drink...

Food Match winners for 2018

Unless you’re a wine bar, the central point of your wine list is to showcase wines that are...

Critics' Choice Trophy Wines from SWA 2018

People often ask how we pick our Critics' Choice wines. The answer is simple: they're the...

Nude launches new Stem Zero collection with Ion Shielding Technology

Following last year’s launch of Stem Zero, global design brand and SWA sponsor, Nude...

‘Best Six Wines out of 3000 entries’ - SWA 2018 Trophies revealed

The final act of the Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 has taken place, with the crowning of this year...

EuroCave lead the way in Spanish restaurant, Asador 44

A new Cardiff restaurant has sought the expertise of SWA sponsor, EuroCave, with the aim of...

SWA announces two Producers of the Year for 2018 competition

Jean-Luc Colombo and Kleine Zalze have been awarded Producers of the Year for 2018 with a...

‘Closest Battle for Years’ as Merchant of the Year Awards announced

Bibendum has fought off a resurgent Boutinot to claim the prestigious overall Merchant of the...

Rhône stars in SWA 2018

The Rhône has emerged as the undisputed star of this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards...

As prices rise, could ‘secondary grapes’ be the next big thing?

Something interesting happened at SWA this year. A red Burgundy won gold, but it was made from...

Pinks rock in SWA with record year for Rose

Still pink wines might have been one of the biggest success stories with the wine drinking public...

English fizz passes Champagne for first time

For the first time ever in the Sommelier Wine Awards, English sparkling wine took more places on...

A few sips with... Nigel Lister

SWA Judge Nigel Lister tells us about his return as team leader this year.

2018 was the year of…

Competition Director, Chris Losh, gives an insight into highlights from our 2018 judging...

Avocado with Bordeaux?

This year's SWA Food Match round saw new pairings including Avocado on toast and Ceviche with our...

Surprises continue on the final day of SWA judging 2018

As you’d expect from the final day of the Sommelier Wine Awards judging there was a lot of...

Italian medals kick off round two of judging

The second round of the Sommelier Wine Awards is where all of those wines that have made it...

Tawny Port's and New Zealand styles hit the sweet spot

The final day of round one judging for the Sommelier Wine Awards was, well, a little bit mediocre...

Australian Chardonnay, Rioja and English fizz impress on week two

The second week of judging has kicked off with a great start for Chardonnay, Rioja and English...

Vintage Champagne's on day two of the 'Snow'melier Wine Awards

Following yesterday’s stellar performance for Riesling at the Sommelier Wine Awards judging...

Day one of SWA judging welcome Michael Moore for tenth year

As a blizzard spread across London our judges braved the cold and made their way to a church in...

A few sips with... Sogevinus

With judging for the Sommelier Wine Awards happening next week, we spoke to Joao Tamagnini Belo...

Eurocave reveals new product

SWA 2018 sponsor, Eurocave, announced their new wine by the glass system, Vin au Verre 8.0, at...

Fullers replaces house champagne with English sparkling wine

Last year’s SWA Pub Merchant of the Year, Fullers, has replaced its house champagne with...

Trade tastings this month...

February and March are busy months for tastings and of course, it's when our SWA Judging takes...

A few sips with... Sensible Wine Services

Ahead of SWA judging kicking off this month, we catch-up with Karl Franz from Sensible Wine...

A SWA workshop - judges briefing

A team of eager wannabe Sommelier Wine Awards Judges were put through their paces at Roka...

Berkmann Wine Cellars adds more New World to portfolio

The SWA Great Value Merchant of the Year winner has announced they are adding new wineries to its...

Fast-track to the deadline

It's finally here... deadline month! There’s less than two weeks until entries close for...

A SWA wine wish list for 2018... by Chris Losh

Last year was probably the most wide-ranging in terms of wine styles that we’ve ever had in...

SWA’s wine picks for Christmas

Each year the festive season provides the perfect illustration of the inspiring top quality...

SWA Faults Clinic with Annette Scarfe MW

Our latest SWA clinic, lead once again by the renowned Annette Scarfe MW, focused on the...

Wenlock Spring – The Sommelier’s Choice

Wenlock Spring are delighted to offer their premium award-winning still and sparkling water to...

Tasters warned to beware of 2015's

Next year’s Sommelier Wine Awards judges have been warned to be on the look out for a lot...

Nude launches Stem Zero glassware collection

Nude, the glassware sponsor for the Sommelier Wine Awards, has launched its ethereal new Stem...

A few sips with... Simon Zuckerman from Berkmann Wine Cellars

 After winning SWA Great Value Merchant in the 2017 competition, we had a few sips with...

Go for Gold with SWA

Entering your wines into the Sommelier Wine Awards is simple, but how can you ensure you have...

Bibendum launches e-book

SWA Merchant of the Year 2017, Bibendum, has launched a new e-book called Wild Ferment. 

A few sips with... Andrew Bewes from Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines

Ahead of their Cambridge Tasting next week, we catch up with Managing Director, Andrew Bewes...

How to have a sommelier – even if you don’t have a sommelier

SWA senior judge, and head sommelier at Sexy Fish, Julien Sahut, tells us how his food and wine...

SWA wines go full circle

The Sommelier Wine Awards are, of course, about finding great quality wines and recognising the...

Top Selection showcase SWA winners at Autumn Portfolio Tasting

SWA's Boutique Merchant of the Year for 2016 and 2017, Top Selection, will be showcasing some...

Olivier Marie says farewell to SWA

We're very strict about our judges in the Sommelier Wine Awards. No divas, no nutters... and most...

The on-trade take on SWA 2017

Every year the SWA Gold Book gets distributed across the UK to on-trade professionals in...

Bibendum takes on 13 European wineries

SWA 2017 Merchant of the Year, Bibendum, has taken on the agency for 13 new wineries, adding over...

SWA 2017 Merchant and Producer Award winners

Every year a number of submitters stand out from the crowd. Find out who put in an extraordinary...

The SWA 2017 Wines of the Year are...

We were delighted to present our Wines of the Year trophies at Imbibe Live 2017. Our judges...

SWA at Imbibe Live 2017

This year's SWA stand at Imbibe Live was busier than ever so thank you to all of you who stopped...

Thanks to our 2017 judges

Our international line-up of superstar judges from Michelin stars to the best bistros, really are...

SWA 2017 - The year of the odd

One of the joys of the Sommelier Wine Awards is watching trends appear, take hold and blossom...

Christine Parkinson's view

SWA 2017 head of judging, Christine Parkinson, shares her thoughts on Italy's leading performance...

The re-birth of Chardonnay

Competition Director, Chris Losh, looks at a stellar performance from Greece in SWA 2017 and the...

SWA 2017. That was the year of...

While fizz and even whites have established a good reputation with our judges, the performance of...

Chris Losh' Teaser...

Competition Director, Chris Losh, gives us an insight into one of our SWA judging days...