NOffLA announces Irish Wine Show Star Awards winners

Wine from Australia and New Zealand is often compared favourably to its "old world" counterparts

Winning wines from the awards will be available to consumers from NOffLA outlets across Ireland

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The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has awarded its annual Irish Wine Show Star Awards to 48 wines.

More than 600 wines were submitted to the Star Award adjudication panel of NOffLA judges and independent wine journalists. Points were awarded on the basis of appearance, smell, taste and value for money criteria, and the winning 16 were selected as the best wines from key suppliers across a number of price categories.

The 2022-2023 Gold Star Award Winners were:

CATEGORY WINE VINTAGE COMPANY
Old World White Under €12 Giovinello Pinot Grigio 2021 Ampersand Wines
Old World White Under €15 Cantina di Custoza, Custoza Bianco 2021 Liberty Wines
Old World White Under €20 LoLo Albariño DO 2021 Ampersand Wines
New World White Under €12 Corla Reef Chardonnay Semillion 2021 Ampersand Wines
New World White Under €15 Nuevo Mundo Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Febvre Wines
New World White Under €20 Salentein “Barrel Selection” Chardonnay 2021 Mackenway Wines
Old World Red Under €12 Rioja Vega Semi Crianza 2020 Ampersand Wines
Old World Red Under €15 Rioja Vega Crianza DOC 2018 Ampersand Wines
Old World Red Under €20 Vale D. Maria Douro Superior 2020 Mackenway Wines
New World Red Under €12 Coral Reef Shiraz Cabernet 2019 Ampersand Wines
New World Red Under €15 Portillo Malbec 2020 Mackenway Wines
New World Red Under €20 d’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Febvre Wines
Rose Under €15 Domaine La Colombette 2021 Cassidy Wines
Sparkling Wine Under €25 Villa Conchi, Cava Brut NV Tindal Wine Merchants
Champagne Under €60 Champagne Jean Pernet Réserve Brut Chardonnay Grand Cru NV Febvre Wines
Non Alcoholic Under €15 Faber Sauvignon Blanc NV Ampersand Wines
White Wine of the Year 2022-2023

 

LoLo Albariño DO 2021 Ampersand Wines
Wine of the Year 2022-2023 Rioja Vega Crianza DOC 2018 Ampersand Wines

Each of the winning wines will be sold in NOffLA member outlets across the country and will be recognisable by distinctive Award symbols on each bottle. In the pre-Christmas period NOffLA members will promote the Irish Wine Show Star Awards 2022-2023 Collection as ideal Christmas gifts, in a variety of special gift packs.

The annual event, now in its twenty second year, was hosted in-person for the first time in two years at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. The winning wines from the Irish Wine Show Star Awards will be available to consumers from NOffLA outlets across Ireland.

At the event, NOffLA also expressed the disappointment of its members that an alcohol excise reduction was not considered as part of Budget 2023 and that Ireland continues to levy the highest excise on wine across the EU and UK.

NOffLA, along with the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) called for a 7.5% reduction in alcohol excise levels in Budget 2023, supported by a further 7.5% reduction next year to bring Ireland’s alcohol excise regime in line with European levels and to also help protect the commercial viability of businesses within the Irish drinks sector in an increasingly challenging trading environment.

Speaking at the Awards, Gary O’Donovan, chairman of NOffLA said: “We are delighted to celebrate the exceptional wines sold by NOffLA members around the country and enjoyed by our fantastic customers, and I want to congratulate all winners this evening and thank all those that made submissions this year.

“Unfortunately, Irish drinks sector businesses are burdened with the highest levels of alcohol excise in the EU and UK, and excise increases from a decade ago remain in place and continue to impact these small, independent businesses. It is disappointing that an excise reduction was not included in Budget 2023 given the increasingly uncertain economic conditions these businesses now face.

“It is also particularly disappointing given that with Minimum Unit Pricing coming into effect earlier this year, which now safeguards against the retailing of alcohol at dangerously low prices, Ireland’s punitively high excise levels are no longer justified from a public health perspective.”

 

 

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