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National Off-Licence Association Awards Irish Wine Show Star Awards And Calls On Government To Reduce Excise Duty

Published on Oct 7 2021 9:11 AM in Drinks tagged: Trending Posts / NOffLA / DIGI / National Off-Licence Association / Drinks Industry Group of Ireland / Irish Wine Show Star Awards

National Off-Licence Association Awards Irish Wine Show Star Awards And Calls On Government To Reduce Excise Duty

The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has awarded Irish Wine Show Star Awards and called on the government to reduce excise duty.

Details

NOffLA stated, "The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has awarded its annual Irish Wine Show Star Awards to 45 wines this evening at its annual event. Now in its twenty first year, the winning wines from the Irish Wine Show Star Awards will be available to consumers from NOffLA outlets across Ireland.

"At the event which was livestreamed online on Monday, NOffLA again called on the government to reduce excise duty by 7.5% in Budget 2022, to begin to align Irish excise rates with EU levels and to protect the commercial viability of drinks sector businesses post-COVID.

"This is in line with calls from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) as Irish excise on wine remains the highest in the EU; Irish consumers pay €3.19 in excise per standard bottle at 13% ABV."

NOffLA Chairman Statement

Speaking at the Awards, NOffLA chairman Gary O'Donovan congratulated the 2021 winners, saying that "it is great to be able to celebrate some of the finest products sold by our highly-trained members around the country. As independent, specialist retailers NOffLA members are at the heart of their communities and serve as responsible and highly-knowledgeable local retailers who are committed to excellence both in terms of personal service and the high-quality wines that we offer.

"However, this offering continues to be under serious threat as Irish excise levels impede the drinks sector in Ireland and remain the highest among our EU neighbours. A reduction in excise levels of 7.5% in Budget 2022 would help protect the commercial models of businesses within the drinks sector and help provide an optimal trading environment."

Additional Information

NOffLA added, "In excess of 600 wines were submitted to the Star Award adjudication panel of NOffLA judges and independent wine journalists. Points were awarded on the basis of appearance, smell, taste and value for money criteria, and the winning 15 were selected as the best wines from key suppliers across a number of price categories.

"Each of the winning wines will be sold in NOffLA member outlets across the country and will be recognisable by distinctive Award symbols on each bottle. In the pre-Christmas period NOffLA members will promote the Irish Wine Show Star Awards 2021-2022 Collection as ideal Christmas gifts, in a variety of special gift packs."

Gold Star Winners

The full list of Gold Star winners is as follows:

CATEGORY

WINE

VINTAGE

COMPANY

Old World White Under €10

Maximo Blanco

2020

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

Old World White Under €15

Trulli Vermentino IGP

2020

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

Old World White Under €20

Mâcon-Uchizy, Domaine Talmard

2020

Tindal Wine Merchants

New World White Under €10

Antares Sauvignon Blanc

2021

Ampersand Wines

New World White Under €15

Asymmetric Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Ampersand Wines

New World White Under €20

Tokara Premium Sauvignon Blanc

2020

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

Old World Red Under €10

Maximo Tinto

2019

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

Old World Red Under €15

Trulli Salice Salentino DOP

2019

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

Old World Red Under €20

Tuella Douro Red

2019

Tindal Wine Merchants

New World Red Under €10

Coral Reef Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

2019

Ampersand Wines

New World Red Under €15

Fleur du Cap Pinotage

2018

Febvre Wines

New World Red Under €20

Catena Malbec

2019

Cassidy Wines

Rosé Under €15

Domaine La Colombette Rosé

2020

Cassidy Wines

Sparkling Wine Under €25

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava

NV

Findlater & Co.

Sparkling/Champagne Under €60

Ferrari Brut

NV

Cassidy Wines

Old World White Under €20

Mâcon-Uchizy, Domaine Talmard

WHITE WINE OF THE YEAR 2021-2022

2020

Tindal Wine Merchants

Old World Red Under €15

Trulli Salice Salentino DOP

WINE OF THE YEAR 2021-2022

2019

Mackenway Distributors Ltd.

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