The 2020 Decanter World Wine Competition announced the results on September 22nd, and the Liaoning Zhang Yu Golden Ice Valley Ice Wine Winery 2017 vintage from China won the gold medal with 95 points, with the commentary describing: aromas of apple peel, peach, marmalade and dried apricot, swirling on the tongue with a honey-like rich and oily texture, long flavors and elegant balance, very beautiful.
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It is understood that this is the fifth time that Liaoning Zhang Yu Golden Ice Valley Ice Wine Winery has won gold in international events so far this year, after the 2017 Blue Diamond Ice Wine won the gold medal at the MUNDUS VINI World Wine Competition Spring Jury in Germany, the 2017 Black Diamond Ice Wine won the gold medal at the Brussels International Wine Competition, and the 2017 Golden Diamond Ice Wine and the 2016 Black Diamond Ice Wine won the gold medal at the Berlin Wine Competition.
Decanter, a wine specialist magazine founded in London, is in its 17th year of hosting the World Wine Competition. According to reports, the 2020 Decanter World Wine Competition was held at the Future Plc office building in London"s Canary Wharf, and judged over a four-week period, with 116 experts on the panel scoring 16,518 wines from 56 countries in blind tastings, with a line-up of 37 Masters of Wine (MW) and 9 Master Sommeliers (MS). To ensure a smooth judging process while adhering to the new crown-proof safety guidelines and maintaining a social distance, the event introduced innovations such as custom-made disposable spit buckets and a safe distance reminder.
Liaoning Zhangyu Golden Ice Valley Ice Wine Winery is located in Huanlong Lake, Huanren County, with a grape base of 5,000 acres, the main variety of grapes planted is Vidal. It has been exported to many countries such as England, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Japan and Korea. In his classic book "Marketing and Service of Wine" (4th edition), Brian K. Julien, founder of the World Council of Master Sommeliers (CMS), wrote that Zhang Yu is known for its high quality ice wines.
With its sweet taste and pleasant acidity, ice wine is suitable for a variety of desserts such as cakes, apple pie, tiramisu, mooncakes, etc. It can also be paired with puddings, fruit plates, chocolates, etc. You can also try it with blue cheese, for example, Bataillard, the Swiss distributor of Zhang Yu Golden Ice Valley Ice Wine Winery in Liaoning, recommends for consumers the preferred pairing of Gold Diamond and Blue Diamond grade ice wine with blue cheese.