Success for Sainsbury’s at 2012 Wine Competitions

Sainsbury's Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Last night Sainsbury’s was awarded top spot at the Harpers Awards, beating Waitrose, Morrisons and Majestic to the prize for Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year. The grocer was praised for being most consistent across all areas of the business from supplier relationships, to innovation and customer offering.

The success at the Harpers Awards comes on top of Sainsbury's winning a total of 125 medals for its own label wines across the 2012 International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and The International Wine and Spirit Competition. 

The medal haul includes two gold, 33 silver, 67 bronze and 23 commended medals, with an impressive 77% of the Taste the Difference range receiving an accolade.

Sainsbury's own label Champagne range also performed strongly with all five lines achieving silver medals and achieving 14 medals in total between them. To celebrate its success, today (23 May) the retailer is launching a 25% off promotion on all Champagnes until 12  June.

Category Manager Andy Phelps said: "We are incredibly proud of our range and it's fantastic to be awarded so many medals. Our buyers and winemakers work tirelessly to ensure the best quality across all our wines so this is a real achievement and testament to all their hard work. Here are all our medal winners, we hope you agree that they're worthy champions."

Notes to editors

Wine Name

Vintage

IWC

IWSC

Decanter

Sainsbury's Rosé d'Anjou

2011

 

Bronze

 

House Dry White

NV

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano

NV

Commended

Silver

Bronze

Taste the Difference Vintage Rosé Cava

2008

Commended

 

 

Sainsbury's Anjou Blanc

2011

 

Bronze

 

House Soave

NV

 

Bronze

 

Sainsbury's VDP Côtes de Gascogne

2010

 

Bronze

 

House Valpolicella

NV

Commended

Bronze

Bronze

Taste the Difference Vintage Cava

2008

Silver

 

 

House Muscadet

NV

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Grüner Veltliner

2010

Bronze

Silver

 

Sainsbury's Demi-Sec Champagne NV

NV

Commended

Silver

Bronze

Sainsbury's Brut Rosé Champagne

NV

Silver

Silver

 

Sainsbury's Blanc de Blanc Brut NV Champagne

NV

Bronze

Bronze

Silver

House Beaujolais

NV

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Beaujolais Villages

2010

Silver

 

 

Taste the Difference Albarino

2010

Bronze

Silver

 

Sainsbury's Soave Colli Scaligeri

2011

 

Bronze

 

House Torla Rioja

NV

Commended

 

Bronze

Sainsbury's Blanc de Noirs Champagne

NV

Bronze

Silver

Bronze

Taste the Difference Marlborough Sauvignon  / Coolwater Bay

2011

Commended

 

Bronze

Taste the Difference Verdicchio

2011

Commended

Bronze

Silver

Taste the Difference Petit Chablis

2010

Silver

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Bourgogne Aligote

2011

Bronze

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Macon Villages

2010

Commended

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Côtes de Provence Rosé

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Pinot Grigio

2011

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference St Emilion

2009

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Crozes Hermitage

2010

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Rioja Reserva

2005

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Chablis 1er Cru

2009

Silver

Silver

 

House Pinot Noir

NV

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Primitivo

2010

Commended

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Sauternes 37.5cl

2005

Silver

Silver

 

Taste the Difference Sancerre

2011

Commended

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Alsace Gewurztraminer

2011

Bronze

Bronze

 

Sainsbury's Cotes du Rhone Rosé

2011

Commended

 

Bronze

Sainsbury's Rioja Reciente

NV

 

Silver

 

Sainsbury's Cuvee Prestige Cotes du Rhone

2011

 

Bronze

 

House Côtes du Rhône

2011

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Pouilly Fumé

2011

Silver

Bronze

Bronze

Taste the Difference Barbaresco

2008

 

Silver

Bronze

Taste the Difference Barolo

2008

Bronze

Silver

 

Taste the Difference Douro

2010

Silver

Silver

Silver

Sainsbury's Fairtrade Chenin Blanc Viognier

2011

Silver

 

 

Taste the Difference Chateauneuf du Pape

2010

Bronze

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Gigondas

2010

 

Silver

 

Taste the Difference FT Cabernet Sauvignon

2010

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Single Vineyd Marlborough SB/Riverblock

2011

Commended

 

Bronze

Taste the Difference Cotes du Rhone Villages

2010

 

 

Silver

Taste the Difference Chilean Pinot Noir

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Barossa Shiraz

2009

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Priorat

2008

 

Silver Outstanding

Bronze

Taste the Difference Amarone

2009

Bronze

Silver

Bronze

Taste the Difference Chablis

2010

Bronze

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Champagne

2005

Commended

Silver

Bronze

House Zinfandel Rosé

NV

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference FT Chenin Blanc

2011

 

 

Bronze

Taste the Difference Marzemino Veneto

2010

Bronze

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Languedoc White

2011

 

Bronze

Bronze

Taste the Difference Languedoc Red

2011

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Faugeres

2010

 

Bronze

 

House Montepulciano

NV

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

2011

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Lightly Sparkling NZ Sauvignon Blanc

2011

 

 

Bronze

Taste the Difference Sparkling Pinot Rosé

NV

 

 

Silver

Taste the Difference Wild Ferment Chardonnay

2011

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference McLaren Vale Grenache

2010

Bronze

 

 

Taste the Difference Ribera Del Duero

2010

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Navarra Red

2010

 

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Rioja Blanco

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference English Sparkling Wine

2007

Commended

 

Bronze

Taste The DifferenceBordeauxRose

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste The DifferenceBordeauxSauvignon Blanc

2011

Commended

 

 

Taste the Difference Amontillado Sherry

NV

Silver

Silver

 

Taste the Difference Oloroso Sherry

NV

Gold

Bronze

 

Taste the Difference Pedro Ximenez Sherry

NV

Bronze

Gold

Silver

 

 

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  • Posted on: 23 May 2012
  • Type of article: Press release

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