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Posted October 30, 2009
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Food & Drink

InterVin Announces its Top Scoring, Gold Medal Winning Wines

Toronto - Twenty-six wines struck gold at the 2009 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in September at the stunning White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The gold medal wines were highly praised by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers, educators and winemakers who assessed more than 750 wines from 16 countries during the competition. Judges included 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.

“I’m thrilled that our esteemed judges were able to come together and recognize such a diverse range of exceptional wines,” said Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “Using their keen insight and expansive expertise, they successfully identified a broad selection of wines that each represents excellence in winemaking.”

The top-scoring wines of the competition were the Flat Rock Cellars 2008 Riesling, Niagara Peninsula (Best White), Wyndham Estate 2005 George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve, Australia (Best Red) and Cattail Creek Estate Winery 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling, Niagara Peninsula (Best Sweet Wine).

Watch for the National Post special InterVin feature section “Drinks Quarterly” on Saturday, November 14. Full results will appear online at intervin.ca on the same day.

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.

2009 InterVin International Wine Awards Gold Medalists

Cabernet Franc

Featherstone Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula

Hester Creek Estate Winery 2006 Cabernet Franc Reserve Okanagan Valley

Tawse Winery 2007 Van Bers Vineyard Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau St. Jean 2005 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon California

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2006 SunRock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Okanagan Valley

Jacob’s Creek 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

Lailey Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Niagara Peninsula

Wolf Blass 2005 Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

Wolf Blass 2005 Premium Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

Shiraz / Shiraz Blends

d’Arenberg Wines 2006 d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache Australia

Penfolds 2006 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Australia

Wirra Wirra 2006 Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot Australia

Wyndam Estate 2008 Bin 525 Shiraz Grenache Australia

Wyndham Estate 2005 George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve Shiraz Australia (#1 red)

Other Reds

Bleasdale Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot/Merlot Australia

Creekside Estate Winery 2005 Butler’s Grant Vineyard Merlot Reserve Niagara Peninsula

Aromatic White

Domaine de Chaberton 2008 Siegerrebe Fraser Valley

Flat Rock Cellars 2008 Riesling Niagara Peninsula (#1 white)

Hillebrand Winery 2008 Showcase Ghost Creek Vineyard Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Chardonnay

Beringer Vineyards 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay California

Wente Family Estates 2008 Morning Fog Chardonnay California

Dessert/Fruit Wines

Cattail Creek Estate Winery 2007 Select Late Harvest Riesling Niagara Peninsula

(#1 sweet wine)

Inniskillin Wines 2007 Vidal Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Sparkling Riesling Icewine Okanagan Valley

John Howard Cellars of Distinction 2007 Megalomaniac Coldhearted Riesling Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Moon Shadows Estate Winery 2008 Black Currant Ontario

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