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Sparkling Wine Championship: good for Italy

Sparkling Wine Championship: good for Italy

The results of the first edition of the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships (CSWWC) have been common knowledge for a few days now. The international competition, founded by the famous English journalist Tom Stevenson, numbered 650 entries from 16 countries and the awarding of 185 medals (gold and silver), as well as special World Champion and Best in Class trophies. A good number, but more can be done: the final aim is to compile a guide of the best sparkling wines in the world. The highest award goes to Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay), crowned Supreme World Champion. Here are the other world champions (for the full list click here).

The Italian World Champions

Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé (Franciacorta), Ferrari 2007 Perlé (with three awards: best Trentodoc, best Italian sparkling wine and best sparkling wine outside of Champagne), and Nino Franco 2013 Valdobbiadene Primo Franco (Prosecco). Champions from other countries are: Blue Pyrenees Estate 2010 Midnight Cuvée (Australia), Bründlmayer 2008 Brut in Magnum (Austria), Roederer Estate NV Brut Sparkling Wine (USA), Graham Beck Wines 2009 Blanc de Blancs (Cap Classique, South Africa), Gramona 2000 Enoteca Brut Nature (Cava, Spain), Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé (Champagne, France), Miguel Torres Chile NV Cordillera Brut (Chile), Digby Fine English 2009 Reserve Brut (England) and Akarua 2010 Vintage Brut (New Zealand).

BY STYLE – Here are the World Champions by style: Mosnel 2008 Rosé Pas Dosé Parosé (Pas Dosé), Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal in Magnum (Brut Blend), Champagne Ruinart NV Blanc de Blancs (Blanc de Blancs), Champagne Charles Heidsieck NV Rosé Réserve (NV Rosé), Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut (Vintage Blend), Champagne De Castelnau 2002 Blanc de Blancs (Vintage Blanc de Blancs), Hattingley Valley 2011 Rosé (Vintage Rosé), Dom Pérignon 1996 Oenothèque (Deluxe Brut Blend), Dom Ruinart 2002 Blanc de Blancs (Deluxe Blanc de Blancs), Champagne Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Rosé (Deluxe Rosé), Grant Burge NV Shiraz Cabernet (Sparkling Red Wine).

OTHER WORLD CHAMPIONS – To finish, the winners of the “other world champions” category: Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut (Supermarket Champagne), Champagne Les Pionniers 2004 Brut (Greatest Value Champagne), Freixenet 2012 Cuvée de Prestige Trepat (Greatest Value Sparkling Wine), Champagne Pommery NV Brut Royal Magnum (Magnum), Ca’ del Bosco 2005 Cuvée Annamaria Clementi Magnum (Vintage Magnum) and Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV Grand Siècle Magnum (Deluxe Magnum).

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