Besides myself, because she said yes, big winners included Tawse with three golds (Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir), Creekside three golds (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) along with Malivoire and Gretzky taking home a couple of pieces of golden hardware. Wine of the Year honours were broken down into White and Red – sparing us from another year of an Icewine taking top prize. Vineland’s 2005 Reserve Cabernet Merlot was the red with a score of 91.5 and Thirty Bench 2007 Riesling took home the white prize, with a score of 90.5. Winemaker of the Year, and rightly so, went to Thomas Bachelder from Le Clos Jordanne. The Wine Journalism Award went to John Szabo for his article in The Globe and Mail “Napa North”.
And the Gold Medal winning wines are …
Wines highlighted in blue are linked back to www.ontariowinereview.com for a full review (many are so new they have yet to be reviewed) … the rest of the winners, in the silver and bronze categories, can be found at www.ontariowineawards.ca.
Maleta Estate 2006 View Old Vines Brut
Dry Riesling –
Thirty Bench 2007 Riesling
*winner of the White Wine of the Year Award.
Semi-Dry Riesling –
Tawse 2008 Misek Vineyard Riesling
Dry White Varietal –
Fielding Estate 2007 Viognier
*last year Fielding won for their 2006 version of this wine.
Tawse 2008 Quarry Road Vineyard Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer
Pinot Gris –
Pelee Island Winery 2008 Pinot Grigio
Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon –
Creekside Estate 2007 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Oaked Chardonnay (under $20) -
Mike Weir Estate 2007 Chardonnay
Oaked Chardonnay (over $20) -
Peninsula Ridge Estates 2007 Reserve Chardonnay
Unoaked Chardonnay –
Vineland Estates 2007 Chardonnay Non-Oaked
Rosé / Blanc de Noir -
Legends Estates 2008 Malbec Rosé
Malivoire Wine Company 2007 Gamay
Pinot Noir –
Tawse 2007 Cherry Avenue Vineyard Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Red Hybrid –
Malivoire Wine Company 2007 Old Vines Foch
Cabernet Franc –
Colio Estate 2005 Reserve Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon –
Creekside Estate 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Creekside Estate 2005 Butler’s Grant Vineyard Reserve Merlot
Stonechurch Vineyards 2007 Reserve Syrah
Meritage and Cabernet/Merlot Blends –
Vineland Estates 2005 Reserve Cabernet Merlot
*winner of the Red Wine of the Year Award.
Late Harvest –
Chateau des Charmes 2007 Estate Bottled Late Harvest Riesling
Vidal Icewine –
Wayne Gretzky Estates 2005 Vidal Icewine
Vinifera Icewine –
Riverview Cellars Estate 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine
Sparkling Icewine Award –
Inniskillin 2006 Sparkling Vidal Icewine
Blended Red Award –
Wayne Gretzky Estates 2006 Estate Series Shiraz Cabernet
Blended White Award –
Caroline Cellars 2006 Momentum Enchantment
Best Label Design Award –
Fielding Estate 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
These and many other award winning VQA Ontario wines will be poured during the consumer tasting event (now known as Sip & Savour Ontario – which will include culinary pairings of regional cuisine), held in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto on Tuesday June 16, 2009 … tickets are on sale now. To find out more check out www.ontariowineawards.ca.
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