Home News > February 2018 > 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, today saw Spanish medals and a strong line-up of house reds.

The House reds were one of the first flights tasted by a number of the teams with hundreds entered into the competition this year. Judges across the room commented on how strong the quality was, with house whites often the stronger in show.

Competition Director, Chris Losh, commented: ‘Whites often do well but reds seem to be finding a nice blend of approachability and value for money this year’.

Another category that impressed our judging panel was Spanish whites, particularly from the Duero Valley that were praised for their range of different styles from fresh and fruity to more serious and food-friendly.

The afternoon saw the snow fall outside as judges tasted Vintage champagnes in the warm, with one team commenting they were nice, but lacking the wow factor, despite some winning medals.

The same was said about Non-Vintage Champagnes which were met with mixed reviews, however Prosecco saw a very successful day with judges commenting they’d definitely stepped their game up from previous years.

The fizz factor may be over for this first week, but who knows what is in-store for next week’s judging.