The Sommelier Wine Awards is a wine competition with a difference. Focused entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade, since it started in 2007 it has grown to become the key competition for wines trying to increase their presence in hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as the first point of reference for the UK's on-trade wine buyers. 

Not only are wines that sell in the High Street supermarkets not permitted to enter*, but all of the judges are members of the on-trade, too. The tasting panel for the Sommelier Wine Awards reads like a Who’s Who of the UK hotel, restaurant and sommelier scene.

The tasting notes from the Gold winning All Saints Estate NV Rutherglen Muscat were;

"Marked out as a winner from the start, team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW said 'Complex! Prunes and chocolate, there's vanilla, strawberries and much richness.' With its notes of tangy apricot, peach and orange peel, plus aromas of spice and chocolate, consultant Caroline Symington likened it to liquid Christmas pudding, while team leader Nigel Lister wanted to match it with said pud. £20/37.5cl"