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Decanter Awards 2022

Congratulations to the Society again for scooping even more awards this year.

Without wanting to be rude to the Buyers, I think a very special mention needs to go to the tasting and events team. Best Virtual Wine Experience award is very well deserved, the range and quality of events online has been great once again. I’ve lost track of the number of online events I’ve attended or caught up with on YouTube since the start of lockdown in 2020. Congratulations to everyone in the team!

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As you say, well deserved!! :clap: :clinking_glasses:

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Absolutely! They’re always interesting with good subject matter and I learn something. I often have to catch up with them on Youtube for various reasons, but always worth watching and listening to, especially while I get the ironing done! Well done!

The physical wine tastings are also excellent - fantastic value for money and always looked forward to. I don’t know of any other tastings that meet the same standard; and I’m game for any wine tasting, almost anywhere.

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Lovely feedback, thank you @Winestwit ! I too personally agree that although all departments had to adapt their way of working (e.g. buyers couldn’t travel during lockdown so they too had to adapt and find alternative ways to deliver great wines to members), the T&E team is probably one of the teams who has had to adapt the most and the virtual events are not only useful but they reflect their passion for wine :raised_hands:

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Brilliantly done.
I’m just about to go back a couple of years and watch the Clos des Caxaux zoom event.
Congrats.

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They are still my favourite type of tasting. There’s always such a good buzz in the air, not to mention choice and the thought that goes into the selection of wines.

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Indeed! Their in-depth experience it’s obvious but it goes beyond that when choosing wines for tastings - every time I pop downstairs to speak with the team, I can immediately tell how passionately they speak (and teach us about wine!)

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Robersons created a special mixed case to celebrate their decanter award.

Something the society could emulate.

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Love this idea Andre! I’ve passed it over a couple of teams :slight_smile: thank you

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Without taking anything away from TWS achievement, here are some statistics from the 2022 awards:

18,244 wines were judged of which 14,865 won a medal (not including ‘commended’) = 81% chance of being awarded a gong.

Compare this to 8 to 9% chance of an entrant winning an Olympic medal. ( I think - stats are hard to find)

Entry fee per wine = £162 plus the value of the wine. So from a producer (or sales outlet) perspective it is VERY cheap publicity, and a very high chance of getting a medal.

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Right, but this award was not about specific wines winning medals, but Roberson winning Specialist USA retailer of the year. The medals I agree are meaningless.

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Last year I bought some VERY good Beaujolais from Roberson, Julien Sunier I think. Not cheap but you certainly get what you pay for - the rest of the case I’ve put away to mature for several more years.

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I suppose one could argue that retailers are only entering what they regard as their best examples, and so most should pass muster on absolute quality terms, but I must admit, it does seem to devalue the medals somewhat. How many get a gold? Presumably in the thousands. I still set more store by member reviews on here- even more so if they ever get around to restoring the latest member reviews as a section on the site. Or for that matter the option to sort by member ratings.

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891 gold or above = 4.88 % compared to under 3% for the Olympics

34% got silver or above = pretty impressive ! what would the Olympics be like if a third of the competitors got silver or better?

81% got bronze or better. Can you imagine being at the end-of-olympics party if you were amongst the 19% who DIDN’T win any medals?

Although this is an unfair comparison. In the Olympics there is only one medal of each sort per category. Decanter can dish them out like sweeties.

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Although you’d expect the wines to have passed some sort of basic quality standards the awards simply seem like a way of buying Decanter’s endorsement.

For suppliers, it probably works very effectively for a supermarket buying market who don’t overthink their weekly wine purchases. But it massively devalues the credibility of Decanter in my opinion (assuming I’ve understood the model correctly!)

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That’s basically it. Yet the actual judges are the best in the business.

I guess another way of looking: EVERY entrant wins a badge (which is nice) - the judges then decide what colour badge. So the judges are not so much ‘judging’ as ‘sorting’.

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Funnily enough, I’ve just had an email from them about Julien Sunier '21 Fluerie & Morgan, but they have a few others in stock:
https://www.robersonwine.com/explore/producers/julien-sunier/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Julien%20Sunier&utm_content=Julien%20Sunier+CID_1893960e8299a8eefe75ce459e893c7f&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=SHOP%20THE%20COLLECTION

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Bit like primary school sports day :wink: :laughing:

I warn you - it’s not cheap - but you get what you pay for: absolutely top notch Beaujolais, organic, low intervention & unfiltered. Definitely one to put away for a few years & throws a fine deposit. David Williams (Guardian) wrote a piece about them.

Having said that… I have no idea what the 2021 will be like !

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