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Golden Wines  (March 8, 2002)

A short cut to find the best wines Canada has to offer is to watch for announcements of awards. Here are top wines from major competitions in Ontario and BC. And find out what Canada's leading advocate of Canadian wines – the Governor-General – keeps in the cellar at Rideau Hall.


AIR ONTARIO WINE AWARDS

The 2001 event, held in April in Toronto, marked the sixth year of this competition and drew 360 entries from 37 Ontario wineries.

Wine of the Year (highest aggregate score from the judges)
Southbrook Cabernet/Merlot "Triomphe" 1999

Dry Sparkling Wine
Pillitteri Duemila

Sweet Sparkling Wine
Magnotta Sparkling Vidal Icewine

Dry Riesling
Konzelmann Estate Dry Late Harvest Riesling 1999

Off-Dry Riesling
Hernder Estates Millennium 2000

Sauvignon Blanc
Cilento Wines Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2000

Gewurztraminer
Hernder Gewurztraminer 2000

White Vinifera Varietal
Daniel Lenko Estate Viognier 2000

Unoaked Chardonnay
Hernder Chardonnay Musque 2000

Barrel-Aged/Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay
Kacaba Vineyards Chardonnay 1999

Estate/Reserve Chardonnay
Willow Heights Chardonnay Reserve 1999

Rosé
Daniel Lenko Estate Zweigelt/Cabernet Rose 2000

Pinot Noir
Daniel Lenko Estate Pinot Noir 1999

Cabernet Franc
Daniel Lenko Estate Cabernet Franc 1999

Merlot
Southbrook Merlot 1999 Lailey Vineyard

Cabernet Blends 1998
Inniskillin Meritage 1998

Cabernet Blends 1999
Southbrook Cabernet/Merlot Triomphe 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinoteca Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Select Late Harvest
Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal 1999

Vidal Icewine
Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Icewine 1999

Vinifera Icewine
Jackson-Triggs G.R. Gewurztraminer icewine 1999
 

CANADIAN WINE AWARDS
This competition was held for the first time in Toronto in August. Eight judges from across Canada tasted over 500 wines.

Sparkling wine
Lang Vineyards Canadian Maple Brut (BC)

Pinot Blanc -
Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2000 (BC)

Pinot Gris -
Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris 2000 (BC)

Chardonnay
Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Gold Series (BC)

Sauvignon Blanc
Vineland Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2000 (ON)

Riesling
Cave Spring CSV Riesling 1999 (ON)

Gewurztraminer
Gray Monk Cellars Gewurztraminer 2000 (BC)

Aromatic White Wine
Grany Monk Cellars Siegerrebe 2000 (BC)

Rosé
Sumac Ridge Estate Okanagan Blush 2000 (BC)

Gamay
Sandstone Gamay Reserve 1998 (ON)

Pinot Noir
Kacaba Vineyards Pinot Noir 1999 (ON)

Cabernet Franc
Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Reserve 1998 (ON)

Cabernet Sauvignon
Burrowing Owl Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Red Meritage
Jackson-Triggs Meritage Grand Reserve 1998

Red Hybrid
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Baco Noir Reserve 1999

Late Harvest
Quails' Gate Estate Late Harvest Optima 2000

Vidal Icewine
Lakeview Cellars Vidal Icewine 2000

Vinifera Icewine
Chateau des Charmes Riesling Icewine 2000 (ON)
 

OKANAGAN WINE FESTIVAL
There were a total of 156 awards handed out at the International Judging Competition of the 2001 Okanagan Wine Festival, including 17 coveted Gold, 61 Silver and 78 Bronze medals. The five-person judging panel tasted over 200 entries from participating wineries over two days of judging prior to the official announcement of the winners at the Saturday night Consumers' Tasting Event in Penticton. The gold medal award winning wines were:

Calona Vineyards Private Reserve Ehrenfelser Icewine

CedarCreek Gewurztraminer 2000

CedarCreek Pinot Gris 2000

Hawthorne Mountain Ehrenfelser Icewine 2000

Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Bottled Red Meritage 1998

Inniskillin Okanagan Reserve Red Meritage 1999

Inniskillin Okanagan Riesling Icewine 2000

Jackson-Triggs Private Reserve Red Meritage 2000

Jackson-TriggsPrivate Reserve Shiraz 2000

Jackson-Triggs Private Grand Reserve Sparkling Riesling Icewine 2000

Jackson-Triggs Private Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine 2000

Jackson-Triggs Private Reserve Riesling Icewine 2000

Mission Hill Reserve Shiraz 1999

Red Rooster Late Harvest Chardonnay 2000

Stag's Hollow Merlot 1999

Sumac Ridge Pinot Blanc Icewine 1999

Sumac Ridge Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2000

 

 

 

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