What Food What Wine? 2012 Results Just Announced!

What Food What Wine

The latest What Food What Wine awards have just been released on Wines Direct. This year see’s the addition of two new award categories focusing on the perfect Wines to Wines To Match Indian Food and most importantly (though slightly out of season) the best wines with Christmas Dinner!

What Food What Wine Judging

Using some the most respected food and wine experts What Food What Wine is now in its second year and is the first major food and wine matching competition. It also differs from many other wine competitions as all wines are judged true blind - the only details the judges are given is whether the wine is priced under or over £10 per bottle – ie an everyday bottle or a special purchase.

The Stand Out Winners

Barefoot Moscato

Barefoot Wines have to be one of the stand out wine makers with their entries winning six awards in total including 2 trophies for the Barefoot Moscato which won best wine with Apple Crumble & Custard and Strawberries & Cream. The Barefoot Shiraz also picked up a trophy being matched perfectly Lam Rogan Josh in the new Indian Category.

Also worth noting this year was the famous Champagne house Taittinger winning not just a medal for their Taittinger Brut Reserve matching with fish and chips but also a top trophy! The trophy was awarded to their Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus for its match with Smoked Salmon.

The new awards also come with some very special trophies such as the best wine with "Fizz and Chips" and a trophy dedicated to the best overall best wine with curry. Spice Trail Rose, a Hungarian wine picked up this prestigious award.

Spice Trail Rose

In recent years supermarket own label wines have started to pick up more and more awards as they prove their quality and What Food What Wines this year see's Waitrose pick up the trophy for best wine with steak and chips under £10 with their Reserve Shiraz, St Hallett, also a 4 star medal for their Waitrose Ripasso di Valpolicella Fratelli Recchia with Lasagna and finally their Waitrose Brut Champagne NV being matched with Fish and Chips. But its not just Waitrose who have seen awards, Aldi the budget UK supermarket have also managed to show they have some fantastic wines on offer by winning and amazing 7 awards and UK online wine retailer Naked Wines, who focus on boutique wines produced purely for their members has also received 3 awards.

For a full list of the medal and trophy winners that are available to buy from our merchants visit our What Food What Wine page, you can also sort by price category and search for your favourite wines to see if they have picked up any awards.

In November 2012 What Food What Wine will hold a consumer tasting event which will give us the chance to taste these wines along side the dishes at Lords Cricket Ground. For more information about this event have a look at the ticket information here.

by David Mattingly, 25th July 2012
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by David Mattingly, 25th July 2012