British supermarkets win scores of gongs in world wine-tasting “Oscars”

British supermarkets won scores of gongs in the world wine-tasting “Oscars”, including honours for Aldi and corner shop chain Spar.

Our stores landed 11 gold medals at the International Wine Challenge – three for Aldi and M&S, two for Waitrose and Tesco, and one for Morrisons.

Waitrose had a further 64 medals – 25 silvers and 39 bronze.

Morrisons scooped 51 medals, Tesco 48, Asda 46 and Aldi 34.

Spar’s two silver and six bronze put them in the mix, the Co-op managed the same tally and Lidl landed three bronze awards.

Judges, including TV expert Oz Clarke, said the haul showed the strength in depth of wine on offer.

The Sunday Mirror went behind the scenes at The Oval cricket ground in South London to watch 212 judges from 23 countries sip 1,500 entries.

Each wine was sampled by at least 10 judges on three occasions.

While they knew where the wines were from and what grapes were used, they had no idea of the brand or price.

Organiser Chris Ashton said: “We give the same treatment to a £2 bottle of wine as we do £2,000.

"Price is not a consideration in these awards so everything is on a level playing field.”

IWC co-chairman Charles Metcalfe, who founded the contest 36 years ago, added: “British shoppers are spoiled for choice.

"Our careful selection of medals allows people to buy with confidence, knowing the winners have been awarded by some of the world’s top wine judges.”

The 11 UK golds included M&S vintage port at £9 and Maynard’s LBV Port, 2014 – from Aldi – at £9.99.

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