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Posted November 13, 2009
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InterVin Announces its Top-Scoring Value Wines

Toronto - Thirty wines received the Judge’s Award for Best Value at the 2009 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in September at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The special citation was granted to wines receiving high scores from InterVin judges that retail for less than $15. The 30 best value winners — six of which are priced under $10 per bottle — represent a dynamic array of wines from Canada, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Italy, Spain, South Africa and United States.

“Given that eight out of 10 bottles of wine sold in this country retails for less than $10, it’s clear that Canadian wine lovers embrace value,” says Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “As a result, we thought we would celebrate these exceptional wines that represent true value.”

Internationally acclaimed sommeliers Zoltan Szabo and Jamie Drummond, respected wine writers Margaret Swaine and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Darryl Brooker and Craig McDonald were part of a 15-member judging panel that assessed more than 750 wines during the InterVin International Wine Awards competition.

The lineup includes a gold medal winning Black Currant wine from Moon Shadows Estate Winery in Haliburton, expressive aromatic whites from Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard and Artisan Wine Company, producer of the White Bear and Rigamarole labels, from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and robust red wines from Hardys Bankside and Stamp of Australia labels from Down Under.

Guests at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, which runs Nov. 19-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will have several opportunities to sample and experience InterVin winning wines. A special gala Tutored Tasting session will feature 10 of the top scoring wines on Friday, November 20. Tickets are $80 and available via foodandwineexpo.ca. Additionally the Connoisseur’s Corner Stage will present tastings of some of the top value wines throughout the Expo.

InterVin International Wine Awards Judges Choice Best Value Wines

Argento Wine Co. 2008 Malbec Argentina

Argento Wine Co. 2008 Pinot Grigio Argentina

Artisan Wine Co. 2007 Rigamarole White Okanagan Valley

Artisan Wine Co. 2007 Sonora Ranch Chardonnay Canada

Artisan Wine Co. 2008 White Bear Wines Riesling Okanagan Valley

Artisan Wine Co. 2008 White Bear Wines Sauvignon Blanc Okanagan Valley

Banrock Station 2009 Unwooded Chardonnay Australia

Calona Vineyards 2008 Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2007 Artist Series Merlot Okanagan Valley

Farnese 2007 Casale Vecchio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Italy

Farnese 2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Italy

Farnese 2008 Sangiovese Italy

Gerardo Cesari 2008 Chardonnay Italy

Hardys 2007 Bankside Shiraz Australia

Hardys 2008 Stamp of Australia Shiraz Cabernet Australia

Hernder Estate Wines 2007 Gewurztraminer Niagara Peninsula

Inniskillin Wines 2007 Varietal Series Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula

Inniskillin Wines 2008 Reserve Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Moon Shadows Estate Winery 2008 Black Currant Canada

Mission Hill Family Estate 2008 Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc Okanagan Valley

Nederburg 2007 Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz South Africa

Osborne 2006 Montecillo Crianza Spain

Peller Estates Winery 2007 Heritage Series Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Prospect Winery 2007 Fats Johnson Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley

Reif Estate Winery 2007 Riesling Late Harvest Niagara Peninsula

Sonoma Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay California

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2008 Gewurztraminer Okanagan Valley

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2008 Pinot Gris Okanagan Valley

Viña Santa Rita 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Chile

Wolf Blass 2008 Yellow Label Riesling Australia

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