Monday, April 23, 2007

Report from: Ontario Wine Awards Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony – April 21, 2007

Having just attended the Ontario Wine Awards Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony (held at the beautiful Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake), as well as being on the panel of judges for this event, I must tell you that there are some great wines being made in Ontario and some wonderful emerging wineries (new players and old guards alike). Below is a list of the Gold Medal winning wines.

A hearty congratulations goes out to Paul Bosc Sr. for winning Winemaker of the Year honours; at last one of the most glaring oversights on this prestigious list has been rectified.

And to Maleta Estate who took home Wine of the Year honours with their 2002 First Frost Last Grape American Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine.

And the Gold Medal winners are:

Sparkling Wine – (tie for Gold)
Thirteenth Street Winery 2002 Premier Cuvee
Hillebrand Estates NV Trius Brut

Dry Riesling
Calamus Estate 2005 Riesling

Sweet Riesling
Hillebrand Estates 2005 Trius Riesling Dry

Dry White Varietal
Reif Estate 2006 Chenin Blanc

Fielding Estate 2006 Gewurztraminer Reserve

Pinot Gris
Calamus Estate 2006 Pinot Gris

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
Peninsula Ridge Estates 2005 Fume Blanc

Oaked Chardonnay (under $20) -
Peller Estates 2004 Private Reserve Chardonnay

Oaked Chardonnay (over $20) -
Mountain Road 2003 Reserve Chardonnay

Unoaked Chardonnay
Angels Gate Winery 2005 Chardonnay

Thirteenth Street Winery 2005 Gamay Noir Reserve

Pinot Noir
Flat Rock Cellars 2005 Gravity Pinot Noir

Red Hybrid
Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2005 Baco Noir Reserve

Cabernet Franc
Marynissen Estates 2004 Cabernet Franc, Estate Bottled

Cabernet Sauvignon
Reif Estate 2002 First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon

Reif Estate 2002 First Growth Merlot

Creekside Estate 2004 Reserve Shiraz, St. David’s Bench

Cabernet/Merlot Blend - (tie for Gold)
Creekside Estate 2002 Reserve Meritage
Stoney Ridge Estate 2003 Founder’s Signature Collection Meritage

Late Harvest
Chateau des Charmes 2005 Late Harvest Riesling, Estate Bottles

Select & Special Select Late Harvest
Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2005 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal

Vidal Icewine
Maleta Estate 2002 First Frost Last Grape American Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine

Vinifera Icewine
Magnotta Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc Icewine Limited Edition

Small Crush, Dry White Award
Creekside Estate 2005 Laura White

Best Label Design
Flat Rock Cellars 2005 The Rusty Shed Chardonnay

These and many other award winning VQA Ontario wines will be poured during the Consumer Tasting Event (now known as Sip Ontario), held in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto on Tuesday June 12 … tickets are on sale now. To find out more check out, as well you can see the full list of award winners which include the Silver and Bronze winning wines.

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