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Entries are now open for the Sommelier Wine Awards 2021

The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) has always been one of the first competitions in the trade...

10 Award-winning wines to celebrate International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

If you’re looking for an award-winning wine to add to your list or recommend to a client, then...

100% Grenache

A bottle of 100% Grenache can be something quite special. Here are all our SWA award-winning 100%...

Buy a face mask and support The Drinks Trust

All the proceeds will go to supporting those in our industry who have been most affected by the...

8 Award-winning Pinot Noirs favourited by top sommeliers

As a perk of the job, every year whilst judging the competition we allow our judges to select the...

SWA Summer Menu

As the world starts to recover and businesses begin to open again, here’s what we (the SWA team...

10 Award-winning wines for your list this Autumn

If you’re looking for award-winning wines to add to your list or recommend to a client, then look...

Wine Party by Ron Arad

Characterised by its sculptural silhouette and precisely-weighted, solid stem, the Wine Party...

Kopke, the first Port Wine House to be named Fortified Producer of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards

Sogevinus Fine Wines is an independent, privately owned, Douro wine producer. Its portfolio...

Dandelion Vineyards wins New World Producer of the Year

A barrique of Sommeliers blended with a deft dose of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers have...

Top Selection wins Fine Wine Merchant of the Year for the third time

Top Selection have celebrated their 20th anniversary in style by making it a hat-trick of SWA...

Bibendum wins SWA 2020 Merchant of the Year award

Bibendum has grown into a real force in the Sommelier Wine Awards. This was the fourth time in...

Nude launches new Stem Zero collection with Ion Shielding Technology

Stem Zero, a simple and elegant range of highly sophisticated stemware, global design brand Nude...

New World Semillon takes home medals

This year saw a record number of Semillon entries into the Sommelier Wine Awards. Judges were...

Has prosecco finally been pipped to the post?

Year-on-year it seems as though consumers never bore of the Italian fizz, and while bottomless...

The Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 results announcement

The Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 celebrates wines from all corners of the globe in its most diverse...

The best wine pairings for Easter [including meat, vegetarian, vegan and dessert options]

With Easter coming around this weekend we would usually be starting to plan what we’re going to...

Three trends, two microshifts and a coming of age

SWA Chairman Chris Losh rounds up the trends from this year’s competition.

'I hope we won't be forgotten in the midst of all of this': Graft Wine's Nik Darlington

Since the start of the current week, the UK wine trade has been experiencing some the most...

Ghost Zero by Nude Glass

Featuring an invisible armature created by Nude's ion shielding technology, Ghost Zero wine...

How sommeliers are keeping connected to their customers

Coronavirus means many of us are stuck at home but that hasn't stopped some inventive sommeliers...

Learn, Listen & Read – The best recommendations to keep wine professionals entertained & educated

There aren’t many straws to clutch at just now. But if there’s one vague positive from the Covid...

The last day of the Sommelier Wine Awards has ended on a sparkling high for English rosé

English wine has developed a reputation for great rosé, and it was English sparkling rosé that...

New World shines on the first day of medals

There has been a clear star today, and it’s not a country or grape variety, but a whole...

A look into Chile’s future with Rafael Urrejola from Viña Undurraga

From Maule blends and Maipo Cabernets to Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, this year’s Sommelier Wine...

The tale of two spices – Zinfandel and Pinotage

Day 4 of the Sommelier Wine Awards tasked our judges with the challenge of blind tasting two...

English white wines were as light on their feet as prima ballerinas, but packed a zesty punch

As we launch into the third day of the Sommelier Wine Awards judging, our panel has really been...

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, but not today for Chile

Day 2 of the Sommelier Wine Awards has kicked off with some unusual suspects coming in with...

Semillon unexpected standout on day one of judging

In a historic day for judging at the Sommelier Wine Awards, with a completely new online system...

4 pink wines for a perfect Valentine’s Day

Is anyone making you blush this Valentine’s Day? Here’s four of our SWA winning pinks...

Imbibe announces Personality of the Year 2020 winners

On Monday night the best and brightest in the drinks industry gathered together at 12th Knot, Sea...

Christine Parkinson shares her wisdom ahead of the SWA judging days

We caught up with head judge of the Sommelier Wine Awards, Christine Parkinson. Ahead of SWA...

The 28 best Burgundy wines from the 2019 awards

As the Burgundy en primeur season is upon us, we thought it fitting to share our winning Burgundy...

Opinion: 'Minerality' is a cluster of wine descriptors

You know that something hot is happening when some of the UK’s most influential wine...

A few sips with Valentin Radosav

We caught up with head sommelier at Gymkhana and newly appointed Senior Judge for SWA, Valentin...

Riojan rebound, Mulberry Monsters and the Frothnami: SWA trends for 2020

As we all enter a new decade, the Sommelier Wine Awards’ chairman, Chris Losh, takes a look...

SWA introduces new state of the art judging system

 'It will lift our tasting process to a whole new level’ Paper and clipboards out...

A few sips with Elena Serban

It’s not every day a Swiss-themed restaurant with a serious wine list opens its doors...

SWA Christmas Menu 2019

Each year the Christmas festivities provide the perfect platform us to showcase some of our medal...

SWA Winners for Beaujolais Nouveau Day

There’s a day dedicated to everything in this world, and today marks Beaujolais Nouveau day...

Sommeliers need to take Low/No alcohol wine more seriously

Customers are changing, the drinks portfolio is changing, and sommeliers will need to change, too...

Not your basic English Fizz

We need to understand there’s more to English wine than Champagne Varieties...

Our judges' favourite wines of 2019

As a perk of the job, every year whilst judging the competition we allow our judges to select the...

ETM Group announced as SWA restaurant partner for 2020 competition

The Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) has partnered with ETM Group for the 2020 competition.

Michelin starred Harwood Arms introduces EuroCave to bar

The Harwood Arms in London to increase wine by the glass offering following refurbishment and...

TRADE partners with Coravin to launch exclusive wine cellar

Industry members’ club, TRADE has partnered with wine preservation specialists Coravin to...

Entries open for the Sommelier Wine Awards - which wines will set the pace in 2020?

Entries are now open for the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA) 2020. Run in conjunction with Imbibe...

The Best Restaurant in the World Chooses Nude

Mirazur, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the resort town of Menton, on the French Riviera,...

A few sips with Charlie Young

Following a busy couple of years of opening new sites for popular wine bar and restaurant...

GSM – a Grenache and Shiraz Masterclass

With an incredible 12 Gold medals, Aussie Shiraz (and Rhone blends) was one of the star...

Autumn Trade Tastings

Autumn is a busy time for portfolio tastings and events in the wine trade. We've rounded up a...

Success Stories: Rovellotti

Ahead of the summer break and upcoming harvest, we met with Alberto Giovanni Chinaglia from...

SWA Summer Menu

What will the SWA team be eating and drinking this summer?

Critics' Choice Trophy Wines 2019

What are the Critics' Choice wines? Simple: they're the wines that have our judges running around...

Food Match Winners 2019

Food matching is what restaurants are all about. And so each year our judges pick 30 or so wines ...

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 the...

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 wines...

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, has...

‘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, picking...

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 Aldwych...

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 wines...

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 a...

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 of...

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...