BATTLE OF THE SPARKLING WINE WORLD
AT LAST NIGHTS CSWWC AWARDS DINNER 2019
Fireworks were flying last night, as a record breaking number of awards were presented at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships Awards Dinner. A total of 41 Trophies were presented from the Best in Class winners to the greatest sparkling wine producers from around the globe.
9 World Champions, 14 National Champions, 11 Regional Champions, Tony Jordan Rising Star Award and the Chairman’s Trophy were all presented at a global ‘who’s who’ gathering of over 200 internationalwinemakers, producers and journalists at the annual CSWWC Awards Dinner in London.
Champagne, Trentodoc and Franciacorta all went head to head in a battle for the World Champion trophies. In the end it was Dom Perignon who was finally crowned Supreme World Champion for the Dom Pérignon 2004 Brut in Magnum with Ferrari Trentodoc taking the gong for Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2019. The Chairman’s Trophy, presented this year to Palmer & Co for the 2003 Grands Terroirs in Magnum and The Tony Jordan Rising Star Trophy went to Bulgarian sparkling produces Midalidare for the Thracian Lowllands sparkling.
The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships also made Lifetime Achievement Awards to Michel Fauconnet of Laurent-Perrier, Regis Camus of Rare & formerly Piper & Charles Heidsieck, Ruben Laurentis of Ferrari and Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon of Louis Roederer. Tom Stevenson praised each and every one for the effort, dedication and sheer brilliance that each have contributed to the history, development and success of the sparkling wine world as it is today.
Founder and head judge Tom Stevenson went on to say “Every year the standard of Champagnes and sparkling wines entered just keep on getting better and better. The bar was set high from day one and the Trophy count certainly reflects this. However it is not only our mission to promote world class wines, but also to discover and reward new and exciting wines from established and emerging regions across the world, so I was particularly pleased to present Midalidare from Bulgaria with the Tony Jordan World Champion Rising Star trophy. Straight out of the starting blocks with magnums of every single cuvée produced.”
He continued “Exciting finds like this is one of the reasons why the CSWWC exists. Another is keeping track of all the established greats, seeing if they come through the totally blind process with Golds, Best in Class and then on to Trophy’s, and they certainly proved it this year.”
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