15 wines selected for exclusive inclusion in NOffLA’s 2013-14 Collection

The Winners Circle after the awards ceremony in the Ely Bar & Brasserie.
The Winners Circle after the awards ceremony in the Ely Bar & Brasserie.

The somewhat cumbersomely-titled Leone de Casstris Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2009 (Puglia, Italy) won the Wine of the Year 2013-14 award at the National Off-Licence Association’s Gold Star 2013-2014 Wine Collection.



9 October 2013

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The awards were held recently as part of NOffLA’s annual SIP Drinks Show @ Ely Bar & Brasserie, IFSC, Dublin 2.
15 wines from around the world, priced to appeal to all budgets, were selected for exclusive inclusion in NOffLA’s Gold Star Wine Collection 2013-14.

The White Wine of the Year went to Alpha Zeta ‘C’ Chardonnay 2012, also from Italy, this time from its Veneto region.
With over 500 wines typically available in any NOffLA outlet, the Gold Star Awards enable consumers to identify some of the very best wines available in Ireland. The winning wines were awarded on the basis of appearance, smell, taste and value-for-money. Each of the 15 award winners should be available in NOffLA’s 315 independent off-licences around the country, clearly identifiable on-shelf.

The Gold Star Awards play a key role in communicating the variety of excellent wines available in Ireland, at different price points, according to NOffLA Chairperson Evelyn Jones who added, “The awards are categorised by price so have gained a reputation over the past 12 years for being the essential guide for selecting great wines at any price. 

“There is sometimes a misconception that the higher the price, the better the quality of wine. But, four of NOffLA’s Gold Star winners retail at under €10 so we’re confident that consumers will be able to pick up some superb wines whether they want to spend €10, €15 or €20.

“The Gold Star Awards brochure, which includes tasting notes, will also provide shoppers with the confidence to try new wines that are selected and recommended by an expert tasting panel.”



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