Supermarket wines come out on top for summer

Summer tipples from ­supermarkets left their rivals high and dry at the country’s biggest blind wine tasting.

Upmarket Waitrose bagged 20 gold medals, the highest number.

Tesco nosed into second place with four golds, 35 silvers and 38 bronzes – including one for a £5.55 ­­dry ­­non-vintage Cava.

And the superstores racked up a long list of under-£10 winners at The International Wine Challenge, the Oscars of the industry.

Just over 900 medals were won, including 50 Golds, 351 Silvers and 512 Bronzes.

Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the IWC said: “Once again UK supermarkets have proved they can deliver a huge range of choice for a wide range of tastes, palates and budgets.

“It’s also good to see their ­own-label brands doing so well.”

The winners under £10

Asda Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir 2014, New Zealand, £8.50.

Booths Manzanilla Sherry , £7.75

Booths Argentinian Malbec, 2016, £9

Lidl, Fortezza dei Colli Chianti Classico Riserva, 2014, £6.99

Tesco Finest Pedro Ximenez, £7

Tesco Bordeaux Superieur, 2016, £6

Tesco Cava Semi Seco, NV, £5.55

Morrisons The Best Oloroso, NV, £6.00, Morrisons

Morrisons The Best Palo Cortado, NV, £6 Morrisons

Morrisons The Best Pedro Ximenez, NV, £6, Morrisons

Beer map of Britain reveals what’s hop and what’s not with boozers

Beer drinkers in some areas have local loyalty while others favour foreign brews, a new map shows.

Those in Yorkshire, eastern England, the South East and Scotland all go for home-produced brands in John Smith’s, Greene King, Fuller’s and Tennent’s.

But those in the South West prefer Carlsberg from Denmark while drinkers in Wales opt for Italy’s Peroni.

Aussie favourite Foster’s is No1 choice in both the North East and North West.

The beer map was based on a survey of preferences for 40 brands by market researchers YouGov.

They said: “It shows which brands are more likely to be chosen in certain regions. It does not measure sales.”

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