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Vineyard named scoops top award

Created on 06/08/2016 @ 08:20
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A local vineyard has been named one of the Great Taste Stars of 2016.

Kerry Vale Vineyard near Montgomery was one out of 10,000 products judged and was awarded a one-star Great Taste award for its KVV Sparkling White Wine. 

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards, celebrates the very best in food and drink.
The winning Shropshire fizz is made using the traditional Champagne method and was described by judges as: “Very moussey, bright, with attractive nettly aromas.  On the palate, it's clean, bright, slightly aggressive, with pleasant minerality alongside the floral notes.”
Judged by more than 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through many hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.       
Geoff Ferguson, owner of the family run vineyard, said: “This is the second year we’ve entered the Great Taste Awards and the second year we’ve won. We are thrilled to have achieved such a prestigious award for our sparkling wine.”

There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and 141 of those products have been awarded three-stars, 878 received a two stars and 2,520 were awarded one star.
The panel of judges included TV chef and author, Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose and chefs including James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants.
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