(10 Oct 2017)

10th October: The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has awarded its annual Irish Wine Show Star Awards to 45 wines at SIP 2017. Now in its seventeenth year, the winning wines from the Irish Wine Show Star Awards will be available to consumers all over the country from NOffLA outlets. At the event, NOffLA called on the Government to reduce excise duty on alcohol, specifically wine which is currently taxed on average 624% higher in Ireland than other EU countries.

Speaking at the awards, Cathal McHugh, Vice-Chairman of NOffLA congratulated the winners and commented on the current trading environment, noting “this annual event allows us to celebrate some of the finest products sold by our highly trained members around the country. NOffLA members are committed to excellence both in terms of personal service and the high-quality wines that we offer”.

“However, this offering is under serious threat due to the soaring cross-border trade following on from Brexit and the 25% reduction in the value of the Sterling since the 23 June 2016 referendum. Our members who are locked out of the recovery due to the punitive excise rates, are under significant financial pressure because as much as 50% of the cost of a bottle of wine is excise & VAT. However, in our recent members’ survey, 67% of surveyed off-licence retailers believe that a 15% reduction in excise on alcohol will mitigate against the likely impacts of Brexit.

“Currently, Ireland has the highest taxation on wine in the European Union, while in terms of alcohol generally, Irish consumers pay 175% more than the average EU citizen. Excise duty and employment are intertwined with our members reporting that they have had to reduce staff due to duty increases, while 68% indicated they would either hire more staff, or increase the salaries of existing staff were excise to be decreased by 15%”.

NOffLA members are highly trained and responsible local retailers that contribute to their communities through direct investment and local employment. We are calling on the Government to protect these local businesses that underpin communities all across Ireland.”

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, of which there are more than 315 nationwide. The chosen wines 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 2017-2018 Collection as ideal Christmas gifts, in a variety of special gift pack

Old World White Under €10    

Cramele Recas, Legendary Sauvignon Blanc Feteasca Regalá  2015            Febvre Wines

Old World White Under €15    

Marquis de Goulaine Sauvignon Blanc                                     2016            Cassidy Wines

Old World White Under €20    

San Marzano Estella Fiano (Salento) IGP                                2016           Taserra Wine Merchants

New World White Under €10   

Tierra Antica Sauvignon Blanc                                                2016             Taserra Wine Merchants

New World White Under €15   

Château Los Boldos Tradition Reservé Chardonnay                  2017              Liberty Wines

New World White Under €20    

Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay                                     2015             Febvre Wines

Old World Red Under €10        

Casa Santos Lima Azulejo Tinto                                             2015             Taserra Wine Merchants

Old World Red Under €15        

Pasqua Lapaccio Primitivo Salento IGT                                    2016             Ampersand Wines

Old World Red Under €20        

Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Reserva                            2010              Febvre Wines

New World Red Under €10       

Saddle Creek Shiraz Cabernet                                                 2015               Taserra Wine Merchants

New World Red Under €15       

Andean Vineyards Reserve Malbec                                           2015               Findlater & Co.

New World Red Under €20       

De Martino Gallardía Cinsault                                                     2016               Febvre Wines

Rose Under €15                      

Castaño Monastrell Rosado                                                      2016                Liberty Wines

Sparkling Wine Under €25         

Cecilia B. Spumante Rosé                                                         NV                 Ampersand Wines

Champagne Under €60              

Champagne Deutz Brut Classic                                                 NV                  Febvre Wines

New World White Under €20        
Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay                                      2015                 Febvre Wines
WINE OF THE YEAR 2017-2018          
Old World Red Under €20           
Bodegas Valdemar, Conde Valdemar Reserva                             2010               Febvre Wines
RED WINE OF THE YEAR 2017-2018                                                                                                                                                             



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