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Budget supermarket wines win prestigious gold awards

The own-brand sherry has now got a new gold medal to add to its collection of bronze awards. Credit: Aldi

Aldi's own-brand sherry costing £5.25 and Asda's £6 sauvignon blanc have both won gold medals at the prestigious International Wine Challenge.

Judges said the days when consumers were embarrassed to take cheaper labels to a dinner party were "long gone".

Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Morrisons and Aldi all picked up gold medals for wines from their own-brand ranges.

"From delicious champagnes to tremendous sherries, shoppers can find some lovely wines in the aisles. Each year the quality of the supermarket own-brand wines gets better and better," said International Wine Challenge co-chairman Charles Metcalfe.

British wine dealer sued for £15m over fake wine claims

British wine dealer Stephen Williams is being sued for £15 million over claims he sold bottles of fake rare vintages.

They include a Château d'Yquem from 1787, sold in 2006, which at £55,000 is one of the most expensive bottles of wine ever sold. But their American buyer later became suspicious and called in a wine detective.

An expert from one of France's great estates also appeared to back his claim but Mr Williams - and his company The Antique Wine Company - strongly deny the allegations.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports:


Glass of red wine a day 'may halt bowel cancer'

One large glass of wine a day could contain enough of a tumour-fighting compound to prevent bowel cancer, research suggests.

One glass of wine a day could halt bowel cancer, researchers have said Credit: PA Wire

The plant chemical, resveratrol, is found in the skins of grapes and concentrated in red wine.

Scientists have long known that resveratrol has anti-cancer properties, as well as effects that might benefit diabetes and heart disease patients.

But a question mark remains over what dose of the compound it is best to take.

The new research suggests that for fighting bowel cancer it is very small - around five milligrams per day.

That is about the amount of resveratrol typically found in one large glass of red wine, or two small glasses.