“Farming is often referred to as the 'world’s hardest profession' and as Canadians we have always been incredibly proud of our agricultural history. With the explosion of viticulture in Canada over the last few decades, the Okanagan Wine Festivals are a fantastic way to celebrate the latest of our amazing achievements. I feel honoured and privileged to help celebrate this Canadian tradition of hard work, perseverance and excellence at this year’s Best of Varietal Wine Awards,” said Simon Gillett, Food & Beverage Manager, Watermark Beach Resort and judge Best of Varietal Wine Awards.
“A big thanks to our judges that diligently tasted through the record number of entries for the 2015 Best of Varietal Awards. We are thrilled that our member wineries have embraced this competition and continue to support it year after year. From small beginnings 21 years ago, the 2015 competition boasts a list of 27 spectacular wines that wine buyers can't wait to get their hands on," said Julian Scholefield, Operations Manager, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery and Judging Chair Okanagan Wine Festivals Society.
The Best of Varietal Wine Awards is managed under the professional eye of Marjorie King who has over 20 years of wine competition experience with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. This year’s judging was on April 23, at the Penticton Ramada and featured the following acclaimed wine experts:
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is pleased to announce the 2015 winners:
Best Cabernet Franc
Harper’s Trail - Cabernet Franc 2013
Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Cassini Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 2011
Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Series - Chardonnay 2013
Best Dessert/Late Harvest/Port Style
Harper’s Trail - Late Harvest Riesling 2013
Pentage Winery - Gamay Noir Estate Bottled 2013
Wild Goose Vineyards - Mystic River Gewürztraminer 2014
Inniskillin Okanagan - Dark Horse Vineyard Riesling Icewine 2012
Sandhill Wines - Small Lots Malbec Phantom Creek Vineyard 2012
Best Marechal Foch
St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery - Oak Bay Vineyard Foch 2013
Sandhill Wines - Merlot Vanessa Vineyard 2012
Best Pinot Blanc
St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery – St. Hubertus Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2014
Best Pinot Gris
50th Parallel Estate - Pinot Gris 2014
Best Pinot Noir
Moraine Estate Winery - Pinot Noir 2012
Best Red Meritage Blends Cabernet Dominated
Moon Curser Vineyards - Cabernet Merlot 2012
Best Red Meritage Blends Merlot Dominated
Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery - Family Reserve Summit 2012
Best Red Blends “Other”
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery - Alagria 2009
Best Red Single Variety “Other”
Sandhill Wines - Small Lots Sangiovese Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2012
Wild Goose Vineyards - Stoney Slope Riesling 2013
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery - Blanc De Noirs Rosé 2014
Best Sauvignon Blanc
Clos Du Soleil Winery - Fume Blanc 2014
The Best Sparkling
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery - Steller’s Jay Sparkling Pinnacle 2006
Best Syrah / Shiraz
TIME Estate Winery – Syrah 2012
Best Syrah/Shiraz Based Blends
Daydreamer Wines - Amelia 2013
Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Blasted Church Vineyards - Unorthodox Chardonnay 2014
Sandhill Wines - Viognier Osprey Ridge Vineyard 2014
Best White Blends
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery - Mingle 2013
Best White Single Variety “Other”
Moon Curser Vineyards - Arneis 2014
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About Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is responsible for the development of the wine tourism sector in the interior of British Columbia. It is well known for producing two annual Okanagan Wine Festivals in spring to celebrate the bud break and in fall to celebrate the grape harvest. Its Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is run in partnership with Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops. It is also responsible for Signature Wine Events and two annual wine judging competitions. www.thewinefestivals.com
For media inquiries, please contact:
Lori Pike-Raffan, Public Relations Director, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
[email protected] / 604.808.6655
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British Columbia's oldest and most prestigious wine judging competition that recognizes excellence in winemaking for all British Columbia wineries.
The Okanagan Wine Festival Society is made up of a number of Okanagan wineries and tourism related businesses. Every member is recognized as an outstanding service or product supplier in their related industry.
Every year the Best of Varietal Wine Awards recognizes the best wines in B.C., using a panel of esteemed judges. This year we were privileged to have a diverse group of wine experts from across the country join us and participate in the competition.