Whisky and other spirit distillers are looking towards sustainability goals, according to judges at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), who pointed towards brands such as Glenmorangie and its recycling of casks into sunglasses and surfboards.
“South Africa has been upping quality in a steady curve for the last decade and is now at the stage where its entry-level wines are effortlessly winning high medals and happy converts,” says Adam Lechmere, general manager, International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).
The Ridgeview estate in Sussex was last month awarded the coveted trophy of the world’s best winemaker in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. This is the first time in the IWSC’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer.
English sparkling wines have won a string of awards in recent years, and last month, Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex was named the world’s best winemaker at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. It was the first time a UK producer had been given the award.
Challenges such as inclement weather are among the reasons that no English vineyard hadbeen named the world’s best producer in nearly half a century of the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition, the Oscars of wine.
Until this year, that is, when the sparkling wine specialist Ridgeview became the first English winner in 49 years, emerging triumphant over far more illustrious names such as Lanson of France and South Africa’s Spier.
Proudly claiming the title of most awarded rum brand in the world in 2016 and 2017, Trois Rivieres most recently took home the 2018 Rum Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition for its VSOP Reserve Speciale, which was named the best rum in the world.
Since its humble beginnings with its first international award in the early 90s, Pinotage has gone on to win several more, and has featured at the International Wine and Spirits Competition numerous times as best red, competing with the best wines in the world.
Trois Rivières, a pioneering, centuries-old rhum agricole from the Caribbean isle of Martinique, is now available in the United States. The award-winning rhum is being launched and rolled out nationally in the US by BCI, the Houston-based importer and creative brand builder of specialty wine and spirits.
In Kavalan's past decade it has achieved entry into the World Whiskies Awards' (WWA) Whisky Magazine "Hall of Fame" for Mr YT Lee and his father Mr TT Lee; the WWA's 2015 "World's Best Single Malt" and 2016 "World's Best Single Cask Single Malt"; the 2017 "Distiller of the Year" and six "Producer of the Year" awards from the International Wine and Spirit Competition, as well as the 2018 "Distillery of the Year" from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Mead was believed to be the drink of the gods. This winter, you can judge that for yourself, free of charge, since English Heritage is offering samples of the 9,000-year-old drink at Framlingham Castle to celebrate its revival in popularity.
An independent wine shop in Southwell has won a national award. Mr and Mrs Fine Wine, Church Street has won the Independent Wine and Spirits Retailer of the Year in the International Wine and Spirit Competition awards (IWSC).
L'autunno è la stagione dei premi e delle classifiche nel mondo del vino. Quelli a cui si dà più visibilità sono quelli nazionali ma in realtà i più ambiti sono quelli che arrivano dall'estero, visto che da molti anni ormai è l'export il traino del vino italiano.
Having recently picked up two gold awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the first release in their Scottish Folklore inspired whisky series, Edinburgh based Scottish whisky broker and independent bottler Cask 88 have unveiled their second series of Scottish single cask whiskies.
In a further boost for English producers, the Ridgeview estate in Sussex was this week awarded the coveted trophy of the world’s best winemaker in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018. This is the first time in the IWSC’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer.