8th Cyprus Wine Competiton 2015 - Wine award ceremony

Stellar Commandaria leads the 8th Cyprus Wine Awards

On April 25th, Cyprus Wine Sector hosted it’s 2015 Annual Award ceremony celebrating Cyprus Wine appreciation and honoring efforts of Cyprus Winemakers in special remembrance of Akis Zambartas. Celebrated at the Paticchion Museum in Limassol, the Cyprus Wine Awards marked a moment of reconciliation for the sector in an evening that culminates a Wine month full of activities. The ceremony which also closed 3 days of the 8th Cyprus wine competition, representing the official national quality evaluation for Cyprus Wine and led by the international panel of judges invited by the department of Agriculture. The Cyprus Wine Awards seem to highlight a growing commitment from wineries to Commandaria, it also set a challenge to the judges which decided not to award bronze in favour of high number of wines qualifying for silver. With a tally of a total of 3 grand golds, 16 golds and 24 silver medals awarded, the Commandaria Wines swept top awards, seemingly seducing the judging panel and confirming its good health among the 139 wines labels that participated in the 10 categories of the 8th Cyprus Wine competition. The special distinction for vinification of top local varieties Xynisteri and Marathetiko went to Ezousa Winery, while for Commandaria, it was Keo 1984 Commandaria which captured the distinction. The 2015 Cyprus Wine Competition Awards and Medals list goes as follow: Grand Gold: Commandaria Wine – St.John 1984 from Keo Winery Commandaria Wine – Centurion 2000 from Etko Winery Commandaria Wine – Alasia 2004 from Loel Winery

Categories with Gold Medals: Commandaria Wines

  • Tsiakkas Commandaria 2008, Tsiakkas Winery
  • Kyperounda Commandaria 2005, Kyperounda Winery
  • Kalamos Commandaria 2009, Nicholas Ignatiou & Sons
  • St. John N.V Commandaria, Keo Winery
  • G.Athenodorou Commandaria 2007, G. Athenodorou & Sons
  • Saint Barnabas Commandaria 2005, Sodap Kamenterena Winery
  • St. Nicholas Commandaria 2010, Etko Winery

Gold awarded Red Dry Wines

  • Metharme 2009, Ezousa Winery – Paphos Regional Wine
  • Vlasides Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Vlasides Winery – Limassol regional wine
  • Constantinou Shiraz 2012, C.G. Constantinou – Limassol Regional Wine
  • Kolios, Shiraz 2008, Kolios Winery, Paphos Regional Wine
  • Constantino, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Erimoudes Winery, Limassol Regional Wine

Gold Awarded White dry Wines:

  • Ezousa Xynisteri 2014, Ezousa Winery, Pafos regional wine
  • Epos Chardonnay 2013, Kyperounda Winery, Limassol Regional Wine (gold)

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Enter the 8th Cyprus Wine Competition

Return of the Cyprus Wine Competition, an Update for the Cyprus Wine Sector

As a signal to a much desired return to normality for the Cyprus Wine sector, the 8th Cyprus Wine competition returns with a full agenda of activities co-organised by municipality of Limassol, The SOK (winery proprietors) and the Union of qualified Oenologists.

Since the annexing of the now extinct Cyprus Wine Council and interrupted since 2013, the local quality barometer for Cyprus Wine, makes an official return under the guidance of the department of Agriculture and a wider circle of co-organisers and supporting entities.

The competition judging will be held from the 22nd -24th of April and as in the past, it will be following the procedures of the International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV), open only to participating wines from Cyprus either as part of the Commandaria protected denomination, the protected geographical indication or specific varietal wines – all of which, will have obtained a certificate of conformity from the ministry to participate.

Update: 8th Cyprus Wine Awards Results

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A series of parallel events will be held across the island.

  • The continued Cyprus Wine Aroma series by the Cyprus Wine Academy will be further pursued as an itinerant Wine Salon from the 17th until the 20th – to be held in Nicosia, Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni successively
  • On going promotion activities and tastings at the Paphos and Larnaca airports 17th-25th April
  • Participating hotels and restaurants 17th-25th April
  • Wine seminar about Commandaria Wine production and Viticulture – 21st April
  • Closing Ceremony & Cyprus Wine Awards – Sunday 25th of April

Exceptionally, all events and celebrations will be held in memory of Oenologist Akis Zambartas, Cypriot Winemaker that passed away last November due to illness.  Our particular sparkle in the sky to eternally shine upon us.

The 8th Cyprus Competition Program can be downloaded via the link as seen in the image below

Akis Zambartas, a Cyprus Wine Star to shine eternally

A wine star on earth has been lost,  but we’ve gained a sparkle in the sky to eternally shine upon us.

Akis Zambartas

Akis Zambartas, Cypriot Winemaker transformed into the cornerstone of wine education in Cyprus passes away at the young age of 67 years due to illness. Marcos Zambartas and family will carry on the legacy established by this french-schooled ‘Amant du vin et de la vie‘. Bon Voyage nôtre ami Akis.

Commandaria at Decanter, now golden lining of Cyprus Wine

The golden lining at the Decanter Awards 2014 for Cyprus Wine participation

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The results are in, and our faith restored.

The 2014 Decanter Annual Awards  have a single most outstanding revelation. You guessed it, Aes Ambelis was highly rewarded for it’s consistency and the wise introduction of Commandaria in its portfolio that did not go unnoticed by the 2014 Decanter Award judges.

Winemaking and pursuit of medals is not an end in itself, but it’s a relevant barometer of appreciation. Congratulations to the new wineries participating and to Aes Ambelis for it’s outstanding effort with Commandaria, still carrying the flag for the absolute taste of Cyprus in Wine.

Below you may find a summary of the participating wines and wineries.

 Gold  Silver  Bronze  Commended
 Aes Ambelis
Commandaria
 Aes Ambelis White 2013 Ktima Gerolemo
Maratheftiko 2013
Aes Ambelis Aes
Ambelis Omiros 2011
 Ktima Gerolemo
Xynisteri 2013
Ktima Gerolemo
Maratheftiko 2012
Aes Ambelis
Rosé 2013
K&K Vasilikon Winery Methy 2009 K&K Vasilikon
Winery Einalia 2013
 Ktima Gerolemo Xynisteri 2013
 Makkas Red 2012 K&K Vasilikon Winery
Xynisteri 2013
Makkas Xynisteri 2013
 Sodap Kamanterena
Lefkada-shiraz 2013
Makkas Winery
Syrah 2010
Makkas Rodostafylo
Rosé 2013
Sodap Saint Barnabas
Commandaria 2005
Ktima Gerolemo
Riesling 2013
Makkas
Maratheftiko 2011
Zambartas Maratheftiko 2011 Zambartas Shiraz-lefkada 2012  Makkas Merlot 2011
Zambartas
Maratheftiko 2012
Zambartas Xynisteri 2013  Sodap Stroumbeli
Maratheftiko 2009
Sodap Kamanterena
Xynisteri Semillon 2013
Sodap Lefkada-shiraz 2010

* Wines listed in table are in Alphabetic order
** Photography – vivino

Perseverance and dedication to the timeless wine from Cyprus.

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Open Doors to the Limassol Wine Awards

The New Era Wine Competition in Limassol discerns medals to local wines

Saturday, June 7th, the cultural center of Panos Solomonides in Limassol, symbolical “Open Doors” gave the public a unique opportunity to taste award-winning wines as distinguished by the panel of 7 judges invited for the occasion. The 1st wine competition of a new era, managed independently of the Cyprus Wine Products Council and under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture under the OIV rules managed to discern 33 awards between Grand Gold, Gold and Silver and the 3 special added categories for local wine & grape varieties.

Below you may find a summary of the distinguished wines and wineries.

 Grand Gold  Gold  Silver
Kyperounda, Chardonnay 2013 Etko, St. Nicholas Commandaria 2009 K&K Vasilikon Winery Methi 2009
Loel, Alasia Commandaria 2007 Mosxatos, Ayia Mavri 2012 Keo Cabernet Sauvignon/Blanc Rosé 2013
Keo, St. John Commandaria Vouni Panayia Barba Yiannis 2012
Vlassides, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Makkas Syrah 2011
Mosxatos, Ayia Mavri 2011 Vlassides Shiraz 2012
Kyperounda Shiraz, 2012 Kyperounda Petritis Xynisteri 2013
Dafermou White 2013 Erimoudes Athina 2013
Kyperounda Epos Red 2011 Yiaskouris White 2013
Makkas Chardonnay 2013 Constantinou Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Constantinou Shiraz 2011 Tsiakkas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Makkas Maratheftiko 2011 Kyperounda Rosé 2013
Keo Xynisteri 2013 K&K Vasilikon Winery Vasilikon 2013
Kyperounda Epos White 2013
Vlassides White 2013
Constantinou Ayioklima Xynisteri 2013
Tsiakkas Xynisteri 2013

Special Category Distintiction

Xynisteri: Keo,  Xynisteri 2013
Maratheftiko: Makkas Winery, Maratheftiko 2011
Commandaria: Loel, Alasia Commandaria 2007

Top Rated White Wine

Paphos Regional Wine – Kyperounda Chardonnay 2013

Limassol Regional Wine – Mosxatos Ayia Mavri 2012

Top Rated Red Wine

Limassol Regional Wine – Vlassides Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Paphos Regional Wine – Makkas Winery, Maratheftiko 2011

 

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Fill the gap, taste the wine and earn a medal

Limassol Municipality steps forward in support of the 1st Cyprus Wine Competition of a new Era.

In a statement, the Limassol municipality acknowledged that it is the organization’s unique Wine Competition taking place in Cyprus, in accordance with Regulation tendering wine of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin, OIV) and under the patronage of the OIV

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Two years since the Cyprus Wine Products Council was sent into inoperability by it’s last board members, finally the Cyprus Winemaker Association has sought out the implication of various entities in order to re-establish the annual judging so well executed by the council in it’s last editions.

An enormous gap to fill, which all entities involved will have to manage with the help of Cyprus Enologists  the Cyprus Association of Sommeliers whose main objectives will be to return part of the credibility lost, not so much in the wines but in a competition which had higher aims.

The seven-member jury composed of oenologists and other experts from Cyprus and abroad, will award 30% of the presented samples, in a 3 day competition to be helo in Limassol from the 4th until the 7th of June and extended awards will rank according to Grand Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Special awards will be given also to the wine categories such as  Xynisteri, Maratheftiko and a Commandaria.

The official announcement of the results and the presentation of diplomas will be held in Limassol, in a special event to award the late afternoon on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the Cultural Center Panos Solomonides.

The event, called symbolic “Open Doors”, the public will have the opportunity, buying a glass of wine and taste award-winning wines and chat with winemakers and experts of the Competition.

Say No to Wine Monopolies – Say No to the Cork Tax

evoinos:

The Cork Tax and Wine Monopolies. How can you help? If you live in New York, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you do not live in New York, share and spread the word to everyone you know who loves wine. With enough support and activism, we can defeat the proposed Cork Tax and go about what we enjoy doing most – sharing and drinking good wine.

Originally posted on The Wine Culture Project:

As I get my bag ready for another day on the road in snowy New Jersey, I had to take a few minutes to ask for your help in fighting off a dire threat to not only David Bowler Wine, but other like-minded importers and distributors in the New York Metropolitan area.  The threat is the Cork Tax that is currently working its way through the New York State Legislature*.  If this bill passes, wholesalers who distribute their wines in New York will be required to store those wines in a New York warehouse.  Known as an “at-rest” law, this proposed legislation can have a dramatic effect on the New York wine market.  How so?

Prices for wines distributed by those who warehouse in New Jersey will go up in order for distributors to recoup the costs associated with real estate, rent, and taxes.  And we are not talking about…

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Commandaria – un legado de calidad en los vinos de Chipre

Cypruswines:

Commandaria – un legado de calidad en los vinos de Chipre

Herencia antigua, y con interpretación moderna,  surge una nueva generación de vitivinicultores.
Lefteris Mohianakis tiene viñedos en las altas colinas cerca de la ciudad de Zoopigi. Las dos uvas que utiliza, Mavro, una uva roja, y Xynisteri, una blanca,
“Verdaderamente creo que el terroir (la geología y clima de un lugar) es una de las cosas más importantes para producir un vino de alta calidad”

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Originally posted on CNNEspañol.com:

(CNN) — Chipre es conocido por su sol, sus ruinas antiguas y su delicioso queso halloumi, pero poca gente sabe que también es hogar de la denominación de origen más antigua del mundo.

Commandaria es un vino para postres con un sabor tan rico como su historia. Se cree que los caballeros de las Cruzadas le otorgaron su nombre en el siglo XIII, pero que se produjo por primera vez hace 5.000 años.

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Commandaria of old, Renewed with Ageless craftstmanship

Commandaria of Old renewed with Ageless craftstmanship

Lefteris Mohiannakis from Anama wine – perseverance and dedication to timeless wine from Cyprus.

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Saturday Morning kitchen’s Smashing Plates Recipes

How to overcome a late night and early morning stress, before cooking, for the live show Saturday Kitchen?

And especially, How does Maria Elia do it? 

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Smashingplates recipe and Cyprus Grapes to match Promara, Maratheftiko, Xynisteri

Our guess is as good as yours, until she tells us….but receiving lot’s of encouragement and support can truly make the difference.

Focusing on the cooking is also another!

but how about food matching with wines?

Which wine do you think she would preffer to match her special cooking on this edition of Saturday Kitchen – Slow Braised pork with wilted greens, olives and capers?

a) a rare grape Promara  white wine from Vouni Panayia,  b) a Maratheftiko Rosé from Ezousa or c) a fresh young white Xynisteri?

Can you guess it? Because she will tell us when she’s done.

What a day for Maria – great cooking!

 

Colin and I on the set @SaturdayKitchen

ctodiwala and Maria Elia at Saturday Kitchen

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