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A consumer organisation has attacked the bestselling wines in the UK, according to press reports. The Guardian said today (3 March) that a report from Which? has concluded that more than a quarter of wine sold on the UK high street comes from 11 large companies and nearly all represent bad value for money.

A panel of professional wine tasters and critics was formed to test the bestselling brands, Penfolds, Rosemount, Lindemans, Hardys, Jacob's Creek, Banrock Station, Blossom Hill, Stowells, Kumala, E&J Gallo and Piat d'Or.

"There were some passable wines but, in general, this was a shocking experience," one taster told the Guardian.

"It's worth noting that a lot of these wines aren't cheap, people are shelling out £6 or £7 for wines that are not particularly good," Suzie Atkins, author of the Which? report, told the paper.

Only one wine was awarded a "best buy" score. Lindemans Cawarra Cabernet Merlot 2004 scored 13 out of 20 and came equal third in the reds, but was considered good value as it retails at £4.99.

The top 11 brands were dominated by wines from Australia, California and South Africa, the newspaper noted. As a brand, Lindemans did best, followed closely by Rosemount and Hardys, all from Australia. At the bottom of the brand table were Piat d'Or from France, E&JGallo from California, and Kumala from South Africa.


Sectors: Wine

Companies: E&J Gallo

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