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2015 Best of Varietal Awards

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2015 Spring Best of Varietal Wine Awards

Brought to you by Grant Thornton, Farm Credit Canada, TricorBraun WinePak and ContainerWorld, this competition recognizes the top British Columbia varietal wines across 32 different categories.

2015 Judges Line-Up Announced:

  1. Allison Markin – Blogger & Wine Writer, Penticton Herald, Penticton
  2. Brad Royale - Sommelier & Wine Director, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, Calgary
  3. Colin Spiekermann - Food & Beverage Manager, Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna
  4. Dennis Dwernychuk – Senior Product Consultant, BC Liquor Stores, Kelowna
  5. Erika Staffanson - ISG certified sommelier, Instructor Food and Wine Pairing, Okanagan College, Penticton
  6. Erin Korpisto - WSET 3 certified, Instructor, Wine Studies, Okanagan College, Penticton
  7. Grant de Montreuil - Executive Chef, Bonfire Grill at The Cove, West Kelowna
  8. Jeannette Montgomery – Wine Writer, Okanagan Writing, Penticton
  9. Jim Martin - Senior Product Consultant, Metro Liquor, Kelowna
  10. Julianna Hayes - Wine Writer, Okanagan Sunday, Kelowna
  11. Luigi Coccaro - Co-Owner & Sommelier, La Bussola and The Curious Artistry & Alchemy, Kelowna
  12. Mark Filatow - Executive Chef and Owner, Waterfront Wines, Kelowna
  13. Simon Gillett - Sommelier & Food & Beverage Manager, Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos
  14. Steve Stinson - Owner, Black Bear Bar and Grill, Mission Tap House, Old Train Station Pub, Kelowna
  15. Tim Pawsey - Wine Writer, HiredBelly.com, Vancouver




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The Complete List of Winners

2015 Best of Varietal Awards


Best Cabernet Franc

Harper's Trail Cabernet Franc, 2013


Inniskillin Okanagan, Dark Horse Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2011

Poplar Grove Winery, Cabernet Franc, 2012

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oldfield Series Cabernet Franc, 2012


Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Cassini Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve, 2011


Desert Hills Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010


Best Chardonnay

Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Series Chardonnay, 2013


50th Parallel Estate Winery Chardonnay, 2013

Intrigue Wines Chardonnay, 2014

Monster Vineyards Skinny Dip Chardonnay, 2014

Deep Roots Winery Chardonnay, 2014

Cassini Cellars Chardonnay Reserve, 2012

Poplar Grove Winery, Chardonnay 2014


Best Dessert Wine/Late Harvest/Port Style

Harper's Trail Late Harvest Riesling, 2013


Deep Roots Winery Frosted Pinot, 2014


Best Gamay

Pentage Winery Gamay Noir Estate Bottled, 2013


Heaven's Gate Estate Winery Gamay Noir, 2012


Best Gewurztraminer

Wild Goose Vineyards Mystic River Gewurztraminer, 2014


Desert Hills Estate Winery Gewurztraminer, 2014

JoieFarm Winery En Famille Reserve Gewurztraminer, 2012

Arrowleaf Cellars Gewurztraminer, 2014

Ruby Blues Winery Commune Gewurztraminer, 2014


Best Icewine

Inniskillin Okanagan, Dark Horse Vineyard Riesling Icewine, 2012


Inniskillin Okanagan Vidal Icewine, 2013

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Riesling Icewine, 2013


Best Malbec

Sandhill Wines Small Lots Malbec Phantom Creek Vineyard, 2012


Road 13 Vineyards Jackpot Malbec, 2013


Best Marechal Foch

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Oak Bay Vineyard Foch, 2013


Celista Estate Winery Oak Barrel Foch Reserve, 2013


Best Merlot

Sandhill Wines Merlot Vanessa Vineyard, 2012


Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Grand Reserve Merlot, 2011

Monster Vineyards Merlot, 2013

Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery Skaha Vineyard Merlot, 2012

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyard Merlot, 2012

Red Rooster Reserve Merlot, 2012


Best Pinot Blanc

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Pinot Blanc, 2014


Gray Monk Estate Winery Pinot Blanc Middle Bench Vineyard, 2013

Wild Goose Vineyards Mystic River Pinot Blanc, 2014


Best Pinot Gris

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris, 2014


Hillside Winery Unoaked Pinot Gris, 2014

Ruby Blues Winery Commune Pinot Gris, 2014

Gray Monk Estate Winery Pinot Gris, 2014

Red Rooster Winery Pinot Gris, 2014

Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris, 2014


Best Pinot Noir

Moraine Estate Winery Pinot Noir, 2012


Arrowleaf Cellars Solstice Pinot Noir, 2012

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Oak Bay Vineyard Gebert Family Reserve Pinot Noir, 2012

Eau Vivre Winery & Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2013

Fort Berens Estate Winery, Pinot Noir 2012

Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2012

Volcanic Hills Winery Pinot Noir, 2012


Best Red Blend Other

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, Alagria, 2009


Heaven's Gate Winery Estate Winery, Merlot Malbec, 2012

Road 13 Vineyards Fifth Element, 2011

Hester Creek Estate Winery Character Red, 2013

Road 13 Vineyards Seventy-Four K, 2012


Best Meritage Blend Cabernet Dominated

Moon Curser Vineyards Cabernet Merlot, 2012


Monster Vineyards Cabs, 2013

Red Rooster Winery Reserve Meritage, 2012


Best Meritage Blend Merlot Dominated

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Family Reserve Summit, 2012


Covert Farms Family Estate Winery Amicitia Red, 2012

Wild Goose Vineyards Red Horizon Meritage, 2012

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Grand Reserve Red Meritage, 2012

Serendipity Winery, Reserve Serenata, 2010

Phasion Estate Winery, Glitterati, 2012


Best Riesling

Wild Goose Vineyards Stoney Slope Riesling, 2013


Arrowleaf Cellars Riesling, 2014

Harper's Trail Silver Mane Black Riesling, 2013

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Ranch Riesling, 2014

Monster Vineyards Riesling, 2014

Red Rooster Winery Riesling, 2013

Monster Vineyards Riesling, 2014


Best Rosé/Blush

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Blanc De Noirs Rosé, 2014


Celista Estate Winery Marg's Rosé, 2014

Silkscarf Winery Saignée, 2014

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Rosé, 2014

Therapy Vineyards Pink Freud, 2014

JoieFarm Winery Rosé, 2014


Best Sauvignon Blanc

Clos Du Soleil Winery Fumé Blanc, 2014


Kismet Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc, 2013



Best Single Red Variety

Sandhill Wines, Small Lots Sangiovese Sandhill Estate Vineyard, 2012


Moon Curser Vineyards Touriga Nacional, 2012

Moon Curser Vineyards Petit Verdot, 2012



Best Single White Variety

Moon Curser Vineyards Arneis, 2014


Road 13 Vineyards Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2014

Road 13 Vineyards Marsanne, 2014


Best Sparkling

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Stellar's Jay Sparkling Pinnacle, 2006


Gray Monk Estate Winery Rosé Brut, 2011



Best Syrah/Shiraz

TIME Estate Winery Syrah, 2012


Daydreamer Wines, Marcus Ansems Shiraz, 2013

Kismet Estate Winery Syrah, 2012

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate, Reserve Shiraz, 2012

Moon Curser Vineyards Syrah, 2012

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate, Sunrock Shiraz, 2011

Moon Curser Vineyards Contraband Syrah, 2012



Best Syrah/Shiraz Based Blends

Daydreamer Wines, Amelia, 2013


Moon Curser Vineyards Dead of Night, 2012

Silkscarf Winery Shiraz Viognier, 2011



Best Unoaked Chardonnay

Blasted Church Vineyards Unorthodox Chardonnay, 2014


Calona Vineyards Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay, 2013

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay, 2014



Best Viognier

Sandhill Wines Viognier Osprey Ridge Vineyard, 2014


Blasted Church Vineyards Mixed Blessings Viognier, 2014

Red Rooster Winery Reserve Viognier, 2014

Silkscarf Winery Viognier, 2014



Best White Blend

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Mingle, 2013


Bench 1775, Chill, 2014

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Desert Sun, 2014

Hester Creek Estate Winery Character White, 2014

Red Rooster Winery Bantam, 2014

Arrowleaf Cellars First Crush White, 2014

Nk'Mip Cellars Winery, Dreamcatcher 2013

Wild Goose Vineyards, Autumn Gold, 2014

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery, Récolte Blanche, 2014







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