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InterVin judges single out the very best wines

A record number 65 wines struck gold at the 2017-18 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in August at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Selected from a pool of more than 1,200 wines from 16 countries by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers, the top-scoring wines of the competition encompass a striking variety of styles.

“The increase in gold medal winners at this year’s InterVin wasn’t a matter of our standards slipping. The overall wine quality surged, thanks to incredibly strong categories of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah," explains Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “InterVin Gold Medals are awarded only those wines judged to be truly exceptional.”

InterVin judges included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Jordan Alessi and Lorie O’Sullivan dwell and respected wine writers Courtney Henderson and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Sue-Ann Staff and Martin Werner.

Our panel saved their highest scores for Two Sisters Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013 (best red), Tantalus Vineyards Blanc de Noir 2015 (best sparkling), Lakeview Wine Co. Cabernet Franc Icewine 2015 (best dessert wine) and Redstone Winery Limestone South Vineyard Riesling 2013 (best in show and best white). That triumphant quartet leads a list of 813 award winners, including 235 silver and 513 bronze medallists.

The results, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners, a selection of top value wines and a spotlight of the Top 10 Wineries of the Year from the competition, are! celebrated in a special edition of VINES Magazine. A selection of winners will also be featured during the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Nov. 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto. For more information, visit intervin.ca.

GOLDS

CABERNET FRANC
Cassini Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc
Pillitteri Estates Winery 2013 Exclamation Cabernet Franc
Trius Winery 2014 Showcase Clark Farm Vineyard Red Shale Cabernet Franc
Two Sisters Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Buena Vista 2013 Château Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon
Cassini Cellars 2013 The Aristocrat Cabernet Sauvignon
Cassini Cellars 2012 The Aristocrat Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis M. Martini 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Painted Rock Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sterling Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

CABERNET MERLOT
Cassini Cellars 2014 Quattro Rosso
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 The Last Word
Church & State Wines 2013 Quintessential
Clos du Soleil 2013 Signature
Fort Berens Estate Winery 2015 Red Gold

CHARDONNAY
Cassini Cellars 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Church & State Wines 2015 Chardonnay
Leaning Post Wines 2014 Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay
Meldville Wines 2016 Chardonnay
NK'Mip Cellars 2015 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay
The Hatch 2015 Black Swift Vineyards Pinecrest Vineyard Chardonnay
Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2015 Signature Series Chardonnay
Wolf Blass 2015 Gold Label Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

DESSERT WINE
Inniskillin Niagara Estate 2015 Oak Aged Vidal Icewine
Inniskillin Niagara Estate 2015 Riesling Icewine
Inniskillin Okanagan 2016 Riesling Icewine
The Lakeview Wine Co. 2015 Lakeview Cellars Cabernet ! Franc Icewine
Peller Estates Winery 2015 Andrew Peller Signature Series Vidal Blanc Icewine

FORTIFIED WINE
La Frenz Liqueur Muscat

MERLOT
Black Sage Vineyard 2014 Merlot
Cassini Cellars 2013 Nobilus Merlot
Church & State Wines 2014 Merlot

OTHER REDS
Adamo Estate Winery 2014 Artist Series Gamay Noir
C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2015 Malbec
Casa Dea Estates Winery 2013 Pinot Noir
La Frenz 2015 Reserve Pinot
Ruffino 2011 Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico

OTHER WHITES
Church & State Wines 2016 Pinot Gris
La Frenz 2016 Viognier

RED BLEND
João Portugal Ramos 2016 Loios Red
Lungarotti 2010 Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio
Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2016 Nostalgia Series Rockabilly Red
Ruffino 2013 Modus
Sandhill Wines 2014 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots One
The Hatch 2015 Screaming Frenzy Meritage
The Prisoner Wine Company 2015 The Prisoner

RIESLING
Charles Smith Wines 2015 Kung Fu Girl Riesling
Red Rooster Winery 2016 Riesling
Redstone Winery 2013 Limestone South Riesling
Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2015 Wild Cask Small Lot Riesling

SHIRAZ/SYRAH
Backyard Vineyards 2015 Syrah
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2014 SunRock Vineyards Shiraz
NK'Mip Cellars 2014 Qwam Qwmt Syrah
Quails' Gate Estate Winery 2015 The Boswell Syrah
Red Rooster Winery 2014 Reserve Syrah
Taylors Wines 2015 Jaraman Shiraz
Taylors Wines 2014 The Pioneer Shiraz
Wolf Blass 2014 Brown Label Classic Shiraz
Wolf Blass 2014 Grey Label McLaren Vale Shiraz
Wolf Blass 2012 Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Shiraz

SPARKLING
Peller Estates Winery Ice Cuvée
Tantalus Vineyards 2014 Blanc de Noir

WHITE BLEND
Cassini Ce! llars 2013 Roussanne Marsanne
Church & State Wines 2015 Trebella




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