BC wineries storm the All-Canadian Wine Championship
In a show of
either self-confidence or aggressive marketing, British Columbia wineries
entered two-thirds of the wines at the recent All-Canadian Wine Championships.
A total of
1,322 wines were entered in the ACWC, the oldest of the national wine competitions.
British Columbia wineries accounted for 807 of the wines entered. Ontario
wineries entered only 368 wines.
Columbia wineries took two of competition’s five trophies for best wines in
judged to be the best white in the competition was Arrowleaf Cellars Dry Riesling 2015. This wine from a Lake Country
vineyard is a tremendous value, at $16 a bottle, for a wine of this quality.
The best red
wine in the competition was judged to be Deep
Roots Winery Syrah 2014, a $34 wine from a Naramata winery that has begun
to earn a reputation for Syrah.
sparkling wine in the competition was judged to be Archangel Chardonnay Sparkling
2011 from Angels Gate Winery in Ontario.
Icewine was judged to be a 2014 Cabernet France Icewine from Magnotta Winery,
also based in Ontario.
fruit wine was an iced apple wine from a Quebec producer, Cidrerie du Minot.
the list British Columbia producers winning best of show awards – in effect,
double gold medals.
results are at allcanadianwinechampionships.com.
The ACWC is
now in its 36th year. The wines were adjudicated over three days by
17 judges from across the country, including five from British Columbia.
to all the winning producers.
Riesling Icewine 2014
Bench 1775 Winery Bliss Icewine 2014
Bench 1775 Winery Viognier 2015
Black Widow Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Black Widow Winery Hourglass 2014
Blue Grouse Estate Winery Quill Red 2014
Cassini Cellars Nobilus Merlot 2013
CC Jentsch Cellars Small Lots Malbec 2014
CedarCreek Estate Winery Estate Merlot 2014
CedarCreek Estate Winery Meritage 2013
Deep Roots Winery Chardonnay Unoaked 2015
Forbidden Fruit Winery Caught Apricot Mistelle 2014
Forbidden Fruit Winery Flaunt Sparkling Plum 2015
La Frenz Winery Liqueur Muscat NV
Moraine Estate Winery Gewürztraminer 2015
Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2014
Robin Ridge Winery Cabernet Franc 2013
Rocky Creek Winery Wild Blackberry NV
Ruby Blues Winery Commune Pinot Gris 2015.
Silverside Farm & Winery Tayberry Wine 2015
SpierHead Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée 2013
Hollow Winery & Vineyard Syrah 2013
Vineyards Pinot Noir
SummerGate Winery Riesling 2015
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery Mystic River Pinot Blanc 2015