LYME Bay Winery was chosen alongside Waitrose’s Leckford Estate Brut 2013 as the nation’s favourite fizz at the recent People’s Choice Wine Awards (PCWA) ceremony at The Comedy Store, Manchester.
The competition, which is only in its second year, is growing rapidly, with triple the number of entries this year than last, as an increasing number of high-profile companies rally behind the PCWA’s vision to see consumers included at the heart of the judging process.
Unlike other national wine competitions, the PCWA gives the consumer the opportunity to be involved in all stages of the judging and vote for the wines they love.
It’s a shake-up that James Lambert, MD at Lyme Bay Winery, wholeheartedly endorses. He says: “It’s very easy in the wine world to find yourself in a bit of an echo chamber which is why I love what the PCWA are doing to bring the customer right into the middle of the conversation around what makes a great wine.”
Lyme Bay’s Sparkling Rosé had previously been named “Best English Wine” at the Great British Food Awards in 2017 with judge Grace Dent commenting: “I was a sucker for a rosé brut anyway, and then this absolute gem came along from Axminster. A pretty pale pink hue with gorgeous notes of apple and raspberry. Sweet and charming enough to win over even the hardest of hearts. Perfect with fish. Actually, perfect with almost anything!”