- Classic (a premium, benchmark wine style);
- Offbeat (unusual grape, winemaking method, region or unearthed gem);
- Value (£25 or under).
The wines were then tasted and scored by an expert panel – Beth Willard, Andy Howard MW and Ronan Sayburn MS – to help ensure objectivity.
Prices were not revealed to the judges at the time of tasting and the panel did not know which of the three categories (cited above) a wine had been nominated for.
The list brings together a kaleidoscope of backgrounds, perspectives and palates, all supported by outstanding knowledge on specific areas. It therefore provides a fantastic insight into exciting things, old and new, happening in different parts of the wine world.
‘This is all about experts – who really understand the varieties and wine styles of their regions – choosing wines they love, and that makes it a unique tasting,’ said Willard.
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Decanter Wines of the Year 2020: The top scorers
This list represents red, white, rosé, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines from the tasting.