September 29, 2016 - The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced the results of the British Columbia Wine Awards™ tonight, marking the official launch of the 36thannual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. The competition featured a record 624 wine entries from over 90 British Columbia wineries. Ten well respected wine judges worked for 4 days to determine which wines were worthy of recognition for bronze, silver, gold, and platinum medals as well as the overall best wine of 2016 named the Premier’s Award.
The oldest B.C. wine competition, the British Columbia Wine Awards™ is also the province’s largest. Open to all B.C. wineries that use 100% fruit grown in the province, this year’s judging was held on September 15th through 18th at the Sensory Lab at Okanagan College and featured the following judges:
Amongst the winners, the judges singled out from the Gold honourees, six Platinum medals determined to be the top 1% of the entries. The Platinum medals help showcase the varietals and blends that distinguish British Columbia’s wine region. This year’s platinum winners are:
The Premier’s Award was selected from all Platinum medals, and based on the judges’ consensus, naming the Best Wine in British Columbia. The Premier’s Award was introduced in 2014 as a legacy for the sitting Premier to present annually given the stature of British Columbia’s wine industry across the world. The Premiers Award for Best Wine in 2016 was awarded to SpeirHead Winery in Kelowna for its Pinot Noir Cuvee, 2014.
The full list of finalists is available on the Okanagan Wine Festivals website at www.thewinefestivals.com
The annual British Columbia Wine Awards™ Reception in Kelowna is the official kickoff for the 10 day 100 plus event Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, and is followed by two nights of the “Fall WestJet Wine Tastings,” and wraps up Thanksgiving weekend with “Cropped” – Canada’s largest public tasting of BC wines and authentic farmer’s market in Penticton.
About The 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 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 including Mile High Wine & Music at Silver Star and two annual wine judging competitions including the British Columbia Wine Awards™ and the British Columbia Best of Varietal Awards. www.thewinefestivals.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Katia Plotnikoff, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator Okanagan Wine Festivals Society
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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.