LG Awards like no other – July 12, 2014


By Anthony Gismondi

When in 2003 then-British Columbia lieutenant governor Iona Campagnolo a�� in a rare instance of government working for wine producers instead of against them a�� consulted with industry professionals to establish awards that would a�?recognize and honour excellence in British Columbia wine,a�? a competition like no other was created.

After all is said and tasted, the LG Award judges are asked to choose only their top or preferred wines in each flight. Therea��s no gold, no silver, no bronze, simply the best wines on the day. When everything has been tasted, the best wines are brought back for a final look and the top dozen make the LGa��s coveted yearly list.

Although at this point the awards seem more important to the wineries than the pubc, any awards take time to become established in the marketplace, especially one with little or no marketing. The annual competition is supported and primarily administered under the Government House Foundation. There is no fee to enter but all entries must be 100-per-cent British Columbian grown and produced, and wineries are limited to four entries each.

This yeara��s competition attracted a record 436 wines from 119 wineries and the a�?winnersa�? were announced recently by the office of current Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon.

Herea��s my take on the list, with the proviso that I havena��t yet tasted every winner.

Please keep in mind the scarcity of production and the tangled web of distribution of local wines. There is no single store where you might locate all the winners. The only dependable route is to order directly from the winery websites. From there, you can usually follow its distribution stream, be it private wine shops, government stores (rare) or restaurants. Visiting the winery is likely the surest bet, but dona��t wait long because these wines will disappear quicky. Good hunting.

It was great to see 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling 2012 ($21) on the list. In spite some 24 grams of residual sugar, there is enough acidity to keep it all fresh. It is a perfect match with spicy barbecued ribs. In a similar vein, the Fort Berens Estate Winery Riesling 2012 ($18), with its juicy, somewhat sweet palate manages to balance it all with fresh citrus notes, Granny Smith apples and green peach flavours. A Lillooet pioneer and impressive at that.

Kudos to winemaker Rob Summers for his job at Hester Creek and the success of the Hester Creek Reserve Merlot Block 2 2011 ($28.90). At Naramataa��s Howling Bluff Winery, winemaker and co-owner Luke Smith hit the jackpot with his Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc SA�millon 2013 ($20). The mix is 74/26 sauvignon blanc/sA�millon often blended to meet the critical palate of his wife Jennifer.

I tasted the Kaleden-based Kraze Legz Vineyard Skaha Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2013 ($20) just last week and was blown away by the freshness and complexity of this delicious chardonnay. Across the lake on the Skaha Bench, PentA?ge Syrah Reserve 2010 ($29) is one of several syrah offerings etching a place among the variety we may do best. Back in Naramata, David and Cynthia Enns hit pay dirt with their Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio 2011 ($42). Year 10 for this red blend is the charm.

Across the lake in Summerland, upstart Okanagan Crush Pad broke through with its less-is-more, juicy, pinot noir statement Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2011 ($35). Congratulations to winemaker Matt Dumayne and Michel Bartier. Farther north in West Kelowna the latest Quailsa�� Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2012 ($35) remains consistently fine.

Other top choices not yet tasted are Bonamici Cellars Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012 ($28), Wayne Gretzky Okanagan The Great Red 2011 ($19) produced at Peller Wines, and Ruby Blues Winery Viognier 2013 ($25), all from the Okanagan Valley.

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