Supermarkets may not do so well when it comes to own label products but they can hold their own when it comes to a good bottle of wine.
Nearly 500 own-brand supermarket wines have won awards at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) contest. Medal-winning wines are blind-tested three times by at least 10 judges.
They awarded prizes to Aldi, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, The Co-operative, and Waitrose, including 33 gold medals.
Also the number of English wine-makers winning prizes also almost doubled to 72 this year.
Marks & Spencer came out top with 169 medals including 12 gold and got special mention for its Mount Bluff NV sparkling chardonnay at £13.
Sainsbury’s were awarded 4 golds for the Blanc Champagne Brut NV at £20, its Taste the Difference Sancerre 2014 at £12.75, and the Pouilly Fume l’Anque 2014
Tesco won 5 gold medals and Morrisons 4 but Aldi had 2 gold medals for its exquisite collection. Its Private Bin Sauvignn Blanc 2014 and its Clare Valley Riesling 2014 topped a list of the most widely available gold medallists picked by the IWC for the Times.
Among others rated “ten of the best” by the IWC were:
- Asda’s Extra Special El Mesón Gran Reserva 2005 at £9.98
- Marks & Spencer’s Stepp Riesling S, Kalltstadter Saumagen 2013 at £15
- Morrison‘s Signature Chablis le Cru 2013 at £12.99
- Morrison‘s Amontillado Sherry NV at £6.99
- Sainsbury‘s Winemakers Selection by Blanc de Blancs Brut NV at £20
- Tesco‘s Finest Dessert Semillon 2009 at £6.79
- Tesco‘s Finest Vintage Grand Cru Champagne 2007 at £24.99
So no excuse not to have a decent glass of wine!