What’s important is the match; not the label as supermarket wines triumph in What Food What Wine 2013
ALDI continued its winning streak with big successes at the “What Food What Wine?” 2013 competition. The supermarket chain was awarded three trophies in this year’s competition, picking up the ‘Mushroom Risotto under £10’ trophy with their modestly priced Toscano Rosso 2011 at just £3.99 a bottle. Judges were impressed with Toscano Rosso 2011, declaring the mushroom risotto match as having a “lovely succulent cherry fruit with balanced acidity across the palate [which] matches with the earthy mushrooms and creamy sauce.”
In another successful year for the competition, the judges tasted a variety of wines from Argentina to Italy, Spain to India and Australia to France all with British, Indian and Christmas classics.
Another supermarket winning big this year was Marks and Spencer who won an impressive total of 22 awards. Andrew Bird, Category Manager for Wine and Drinks at M&S commented on their success “Matching great food and wine is at the heart of everything we do at Marks & Spencer so we’re delighted to have won so many awards in 2013’s What Food What Wine. Our team of in-store wine advisors can’t wait to tell customers about all the five-star matches and we’ll be shouting about them online too.”
In the pool of winning wines, Marks and Spencer’s Organic Chablis Brocard 2010 (£14.99) won the ‘Best White Wine with Christmas Turkey – Over £10’ trophy which was described by the judges as “aromatic and rich with sherbet notes”, the tasting notes stated that it was “a solid wine with sweet tangy notes that can handle the sweeter combination of juicy rich gravy and full flavoured meat.”
Emma Roberts, Fine Wine Director at Laithwaite’s Wine commented: “What a fantastic year Laithwaite’s are having with English Wine. South Ridge is an exclusive brand that we produce with Mike Roberts at Ridge View and a long-established customer favourite. It’s great to see it do so well in this competition and I’m sure our customers will want to try the combination.”
American wine also impressed judges; Blossom Hill Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay 2012, was awarded the match with Chicken Korma and declared “a new experience not to be missed.”
Frances Horder, “What Food What Wine?” competition director said: “Our blind tastings always produce interesting results and this year we see wines from right across the spectrum taking home coveted trophies. With trophy wines ranging in price from £3.99 to £38.99 it goes to show, it is all about the perfect match”
“What Food, What Wine?” has teamed up with WinesDirect.co.uk, the largest wine comparison site to help find where these award winners are sold in the UK. Wines Direct works with 23 supermarkets and major wine merchants.
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