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THE 2014 BRITISH COLUMBIA WINE AWARDS


HISTORY & SPONSORS

Welcome to the 2014 British Columbia Wine Awards – the premier British Columbia wine judging competition that recognizes the excellence in winemaking for all British Columbia wineries.  The British Columbia Wine Awards are generously sponsored by Farm Credit Canada, ContainerWorld, Grant Thornton and TricorBraun Winepak.  These awards offer our British Columbia wine industry the opportunity to have their wines judged by 9 of the most respected wine judges from across North America and be awarded medals of excellence and be recognized in a comprehensive public relations and sales campaign organized by the Okanagan Wine Festivals.
 
OUR  JUDGES
 
Our 9 eminent judges this year include the following:

  • Sid Cross, Vancouver
  • Doug Frost, Kansas City
  • DJ Kearney, Vancouver
  • Kurtis  Kolt, Vancouver
  • David Lawrason, Toronto
  • Darren Oleksyn, Calgary
  • Tim Pawsey, Vancouver
  • Troy Townsin, Victoria
  • Stephanie Yuen, Vancouver

Meet the Judges
 
THE AWARDS

The medal structure has been revised for 2014. Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded as has been the traditional practice. This year we are introducing two new awards - Platinum medals and the Premier’s Wine Award. 
 
Platinum medals will be awarded to a wine that is judged unanimously to be good enough to be Gold by all 9 Judges. The Platinum medals will help to showcase the varietals and blends that distinguish our wine region.  Our other new award is the Premier's Wine Award. From all Platinum medals, the judges will meet and based on consensus, the best wine in British Columbia will be named the Premier's Wine and will be presented by our Premier.  All awards will be handed out at the British Columbia Wine Awards Reception & Tasting on Wednesday, October 1 from 7pm-9pm at the Laurel Heritage Packinghouse in Kelowna. This is a public event.  Each Member Winery will receive two tickets to attend and if a member winery wishes to buy more tickets, they may be purchased at www.selectyourtickets.com or call 250 717-5304.

WHY ENTER?

  1. This is the oldest British Columbia wine competition.
  2. It is open to all licensed BC wineries.
  3. Our 9 judges are amongst the highest level of professional wine judges in our key wine markets.
  4. Our judging process is first class and professional. We limit the number of judges and extend the time for judging to allow for proper discussion and consensus.
  5. Results are posted immediately online at www.thewinefestivals.com  - the BC wine industry’s lead website for wine tourism.
  6. Bottle shots, winner’s names, and judge’s comments will be published in our Okanagan Wine Festivals e-flipbook and distributed to our extensive media and consumer base.
  7. Results published in community newspapers in BC including – Okanagan Sunday, Kamloops Daily News, Business in Vancouver, the Victoria Times Columnist and other community newspapers in Vancouver.
  8. Results available in BC Liquor Stores in the Interior.
  9. Electronic posters of winners will be distributed to all BC VQA wine stores and to over 500 BC LRS stores.
  10. A professional media release and public relations campaign.
  11. BC Wine Awards wine bottle labels will be made available to all Platinum and Gold medal winners at cost to promote your wines.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY

  1. Wineries are members in good standing of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society (OWFS) or wineries based in British Columbia and they may enter at the member fee of $89 per entry plus GST. Wineries that have not joined are welcome to register online for the British Columbia Wine Awards at the non member fee of $99 per entry plus GST. Register your wines here.
  2. The wine is labeled and bottled and has a UPC.
  3. Table wines have an inventory of 50 cases at time of entry and 5 cases at time of the start of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival on October 3, 2014.
  4. Specialty wines have an inventory of 25 cases at time of entry & 2 cases at time of the start of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival on October 3, 2014.
  5. Wine must be made from 100% BC grown grapes, or 100% BC grown fruit.
  6. There are no restrictions on the vintage that a winery can enter.
  7. If a wine entered has been awarded a gold medal in a previous British Columbia Wine Awards competition, that particular vintage may not be entered again into this competition.

FEES AND ENTRY DEADLINES

  1. The British Columbia Wine Awards for 2014 will be held in September in Naramata at the Naramata Heritage Inn before the start of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.
  2. Four (4) bottles plus an entry fee of $89.00 + GST per wine entered must accompany each wine entered if you are a winery that is a member of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.  If you are a non member winery, the entry fee per bottle is only $99.00 + GST.  No entries will be allowed without full payment. No cheques accepted.
  3. All Entry forms and payments are to be completed ONLINE at www.thewinefestivals.com. Register your wines here.
  4. All entries MUST BE DONE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2014.

LOCATION AND DEADLINE FOR WINE DELIVERY

  1. Four (4) bottles of each wine entered must be delivered on either, Thursday September 18th ,  or Friday , September 19th, to:  Marjorie King at the Naramata Heritage Inn, 3265 1st St. Naramata, B.C.
  2. Please note that if you will be unable to deliver the wine during these delivery days, you MUST contact Marjorie King at marjorie@thewinefestivals.com  before September 17th.
  3. If you are shipping your wines, address the shipment to BC Wine Awards, Okanagan Wine Festival c/o Marjorie King.  Naramata Heritage Inn, 3625 1st St. Naramata, B.C.  Please make sure your shipment is scheduled to arrive on either the 18th or 19th of September.

We look forward to promoting your wines at the 2014 British Columbia Wine Awards and wish each winery the best of success. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at marjorie@thewinefestivals.com .
 

 

Register Your Wine

 


2013 British Columbia Wine Award Recipients

 

On October 3, 2013 the 2013 British Columbia Wine Awards were handed out to wineries throughout British Columbia. Our local region was very well represented, and the evening itself was a testiment to the excellence of our wine industry. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society congratulates all who were awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold and Best of British Columbia medals.

We look forward to 2014!

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society


2013 BC Wine Awards - Best of British Columbia

WINERY

BRAND

VINTAGE

BEST OF

Road 13 Vineyards

Sparkling Chenin Blanc

2010

Sparkling

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

Reserve Riesling Icewine

2011

Dessert

See Ya Later Ranch

Rover

2010

Red

Clos du Soleil

Capella

2011

White

 

2013 BC Wine Awards - Gold Medals

WINERY

BRAND

VINTAGE

50th Parallel Estate

Rose

2012

8th Generation Vineyard

Integrity

2012

8th Generation Vineyard

Riesling

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

First Crush Red

2010

Clos du Soleil

Capella

2011

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Ehrenfelser

2012

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Pinot Blanc

2012

Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards

Riesling Icewine

2011

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

SunRock Red Meritage

2010

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

Reserve Riesling Icewine

2011

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Seven Poplars Merlot

2010

Liquidity

Viognier

2012

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Gamay

2012

Nk'Mip Cellars

Qwam Qwmt Syrah

2009

Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Chenin Blanc

2012

Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir

2011

Red Rooster Winery

Pinot Noir

2012

Road 13 Vineyards

Sparkling Chenin Blanc

2010

Road 13 Vineyards

Merlot

2011

Road 13 Vineyards

Syrah

2011

Road 13 Vineyards

Jackpot Syrah

2011

Sandhill Wines

Small Lots Syrah Phantom Creek Vineyard

2011

See Ya Later Ranch

Rover

2010

SpierHead Winery

Pinot Gris

2012

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

BlackSage Vineyard Cabernet Franc

2011

Thornhaven Estates Winery

Gewurztraminer

2012

Thornhaven Estates Winery

Syrah

2011

 

 

 

2013 BC Wine Awards - Silver Medals

WINERY

BRAND

VINTAGE

8th Generation Vineyard

Riesling Classic

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

Pinot Gris

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

Solstice Reserve

2011

Arrowleaf Cellars

Bacchus

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

Pinot Noir

2011

Arrowleaf Cellars

First Crush Rose

2012

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Blanc de Noir

2012

Bella Wines

Sparkling Chardonnay - Oliver West Side

2012

Bella Wines

Sparkling Chardonnay - Oliver East Side

2012

Black Hills Estate Winery

Cellar Hand Punch Down Red

2011

Black Hills Estate Winery

Syrah

2011

Blasted Church Vineyards

Big Bang Theory

2012

Blasted Church Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Calona Vineyards

Artist Series Pinot Gris

2012

Cassini Cellars

The Godfather

2010

Cassini Cellars

Syrah Collector's Series

2010

Cassini Cellars

Collectors Series Cabernet Franc

2011

Cassini Cellars

Quattro Collector's Series

2011

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Shiraz Cabernet

2010

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Ehrenfelser

2012

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Gewurztraminer

2012

Church & State Wines

Coyote Bowl Series Petit Verdot Malbec

2010

Church & State Wines

Chardonnay - Gravelbourg

2011

Church & State Wines

Trebella

2012

Clos du Soleil Winery

Celestiale

2011

Clos du Soleil Winery

Fume Blanc

2012

Desert Hills Estate Winery

Syrah

2009

Fort Berens Estate Winery

Meritage

2011

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Private Reserve Riesling

2012

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Gewurztraminer Schonburger

2012

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery

Signature Riesling Icewine

2012

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Siegerrebe

2012

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Odyssey Traditional Brut

2009

Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards

Discovery Series Tempranillo

2011

Intersection Estate Winery

Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Intrigue Wines

Riesling

2012

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

SunRock Shiraz

2010

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

Grand Reserve Cabernet/Shiraz/Viognier

2010

Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Dostana Merlot

2009

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

The Charleston Chardonnay

2012

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

The Bee's Knees Pinot Blanc

2012

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

Shhh.... Icewine Merlot

2012

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Rose

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Late Harvest Vidal

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Reserve Riesling Icewine

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Five Vineyards Chardonnay

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Martin's Lane Viognier

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Martin's Lane Riesling

2012

Montakarn Estate Winery

Tippy Toe-Oaked

2011

Moon Curser Vineyards

Border Vines

2011

Moon Curser Vineyards

Dead of Night

2010

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Estate Collection Semillon

2009

Nk'Mip Cellars

Qwam Qwmt Meritage

2009

Nk'Mip Cellars

Winemaker's Talon

2011

Nk'Mip Cellars

Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir

2010

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Meritage Estate

2011

Poplar Grove Winery

Pinot Gris

2012

Poplar Grove Winery

Merlot

2009

Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Chardonnay

2011

Quails' Gate Estate Winery

Dry Riesling

2012

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery Ltd.

Hawk's Haven

2011

Red Rooster Winery

Riesling Icewine

2012

Road 13 Vineyards

Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne

2012

Ruby Blues Winery

Gewurztraminer

2012

Ruby Blues Winery

Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

Ruby Blues Winery

Commune Pinot Gris

2012

Sandhill Wines

Small Lots two Sandhill Estate Vineyard

2010

Sandhill Wines

Small Lots Merlot Single Block C8 Sandhill Estate Vineyard

2010

Sandhill Wines

Small Lots Chardonnay Block B11 Sandhill Estate Vineyard

2012

See Ya Later Ranch

Gewurztraminer

2012

Silkscarf Winery

Malbec Cabernet

2009

Silkscarf Winery

Viognier

2012

Silkscarf Winery

Shiraz Viognier

2009

Silkscarf Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery

Raspberry Fortified

2012

Stag's Hollow Winery & Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Steller's Jay Pinnacle

2005

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Steller's Jay Brut

2008

Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery

Rose

2012

Thornhaven Estates Winery

Decadence

2012

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Pinot Gris

2012

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Eruption

2009

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Rose

2012

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

Pinot Gris

2012

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

Stoney Slope Riesling

2012

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

Merlot

2011

 

 

2013 BC Wine Awards - Bronze Medals

WINERY

BRAND

VINTAGE

50th Parallel Estate

Pinot Gris

2012

50th Parallel Estate

Riesling

2012

8th Generation Vineyard

Pinot Noir

2011

Ancient Hill Estate Winery

Gewurztraminer

2011

Arrowleaf Cellars

Solstice Pinot Gris

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

Snow Tropics Vidal

2012

Arrowleaf Cellars

Gewurztraminer

2012

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

2011

Bartier Bros.

The Cowboy Red

2011

Bartier Bros.

The Goal

2011

Bartier Bros.

Syrah

2011

Bartier Bros.

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

2012

Bench 1775

Cabernet Merlot

2011

Blasted Church Vineyards

Nothing Sacred

2010

Blasted Church Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2010

Cana Vines Winery

Water to White

2012

Cassini Cellars

Maximus Collector's Series

2010

Cassini Cellars

Unoaked Chardonnay

2012

Church & State Wines

Coyote Bowl Meritage

2009

Church & State Wines

Viognier

2012

Church & State Wines

Coyote Bowl Series Syrah

2010

Covert Farms Family Estate

Amicitia

2009

Day … new

 

 

Desert Hills Estate Winery

Mirage

2009

Desert Hills Estate Winery

Viognier

2012

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Cabernet Merlot

2011

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Kay-Syrah

2011

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Riesling

2012

Fort Berens Estate Winery

Chardonnay

2012

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Pinot Auxerrois

2012

Heaven's Gate Estate Winery

Pinot Gris

2011

Heaven's Gate Estate Winery

Gewurztraminer

2012

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Character Red

2011

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Merlot Block 2 Reserve

2011

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Selected Barrels Cabernet Merlot

2012

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Late Harvest Pinot Blanc

2012

Hillside Estate Winery

Un-oaked Pinot Gris

2012

Intersection Estate Winery

Milepost Red

2011

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

Gold Merlot

2008

Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Pinot Gris

2012

Kalala Organic Estate Winery

3 Cru Traveller

2012

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

The Black Bottom Stomp Merlot Cabernet Franc

2011

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery

All That Jazz Red Blend

2011

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Viognier

2012

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Seven Poplars Pinot Noir

2010

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Meritage

2011

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Fortified Muscat

NV

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Pinot Blanc

2012

Lang Vineyards

Merlot

2011

Lang Vineyards

Farm Reserve Riesling

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Five Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2012

Mission Hill Family Estate

Reserve Pinot Noir

2011

Mission Hill Family Estate

Reserve Chardonnay

2011

Montakarn Estate Winery

Merlot Blend

2011

Moraine Estate Winery

Red Mountain

2011

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Family Reserve Pinot Noir

2009

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Unoaked Chardonnay

2012

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery

Riesling

2011

Nk'Mip Cellars

Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine

2012

Nk'Mip Cellars

Winemaker's Riesling

2012

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Pinot Grigo

2012

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Chardonnay Reserve

2011

Painted Rock Estate Winery

Estate Grown Red Icon

2011

Peller Estates Okanagan

Family Series Pinot Gris

2012

Perseus Winery and Vineyards

Viognier

2012

Perseus Winery and Vineyards

Tempus Syrah

2010

Perseus Winery and Vineyards

Cabernet Shiraz

2011

Perseus Winery and Vineyards

Invictus

2010

Prospect Winery

Origins Map Merlot Icewine

2012

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

Obra-Prima

2009

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

Alagria

2009

Red Rooster Winery

Reserve Pinot Gris

2012

Road 13 Vineyards

Pinot Noir

2011

Road 13 Vineyards

Jackpot Chenin Blanc

2012

Road 13 Vineyards

Fifth Element

2010

Road 13 Vineyards

Honest John's Red

2011

Road 13 Vineyards

Seventy-Four K

2011

Robin Ridge Winery

Chardonnay

2011

Rustic Roots Winery

Santa Rosa Plum

2012

Sandhill Wines

Pinot Gris Hidden Terrace Vineyard

2012

Sandhill Wines

Chardonnay Sandhill Estate Vineyard

2012

See Ya Later Ranch

Pinot Noir

2011

SpierHead Winery

Pinot Noir

2011

Stoneboat Vineyards

Pinot Noir

2011

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Private Reserve Pinot Grigio

2012

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2012

The View Winery

Riesling

2012

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Gewurztraminer

2012

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Oldfield Series 2Bench Red

2010

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Pinot Gris

2012

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Pinot Noir

2010

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Reserve Pinot Noir

2010

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Magma Red

2011

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan

Chardonnay

2012

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah

2012

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery

Mystic River Pinot Gris

2012

 


 

2012 British Columbia Wine Awards Results

 

 

 

 


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