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Posted November 6, 2009
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Wine Awards

Stunning Silvers: InterVin celebrates an international bounty of beautiful wine

Toronto - The mix of silver medallists from the InterVin International Wine Awards features representatives from seven countries, including Canada, Australia, the United States and Israel.

A total of 131 silver medals were awarded including 29 highly considered wines that retail for less than $15 which received a silver medal as well as a special judge’s citation for best value.

“InterVin silver medals are incredibly meaningful,” explains Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “Since only 26 wines from a pool of more than 750 entries struck gold, there are instances where a silver medal represents the top scoring wines in a given category, such as sparkling wine and Pinot Noir.”

Tasting for the 2009 InterVin International Wine Awards was conducted in September at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. A panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers, educators and winemakers who assessed more than 750 wines from 16 countries during the competition, judged the extensive three-day blind tasting evaluation.

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.

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.

Full results from the competition are available online at intervin.ca.

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 Silver Medallists


Cabernet Franc

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc Okanagan Valley

Tawse Winery 2007 Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula

Tawse Winery 2007 Wismer Vineyard Cabernet Franc Niagara Peninsula


Cabernet Sauvignon

Beringer Vineyards 2006 Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon United States

Beringer Vineyards 2006 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon United States

Bleasdale Vineyards 2006 Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon Australia

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled Okanagan Valley

Frei Brothers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve United States

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2006 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Okanagan Valley

Pelee Island Winery 2005 Vinedressers’ Series Cabernet Sauvignon Pelee Island

Robert Mondavi Winery 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon United States

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Okanagan Valley


Chardonnay

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2007 Chardonnay Estate Bottled Okanagan Valley

Camelot Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay Okanagan Valley

Chateau St. Jean 2007 Sonoma County Chardonnay United States

Flat Rock Cellars 2006 The Rusty Shed Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 SunRock Vineyard Chardonnay Okanagan Valley

Norman Hardie Wines 2007 County Chardonnay Prince Edward County

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2007 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2007 Chardonnay Reserve Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2008 Chardonnay Okanagan Valley

Tawse Winery 2007 Quarry Road Vineyard Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula

Vignavecchia 2007 Chardonnay Italy

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery 2007 Estate Series ChardonnayNiagara Peninsula


Dessert/Fruit Wines

20 Bees Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc Icewine Ontario

Dan Aykroyd Wines 2007 Discovery Series Vidal Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine Niagara Peninsula

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

Konzelmann Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Konzelmann Estate Winery 2007 Vidal Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Konzelmann Estate Winery 2006 Select Late Harvest Vidal Niagara Peninsula

Lailey Vineyard 2007 Vidal Icewine Niagara Peninsula

Peller Estates Winery 2007 Riesling Icewine Niagara Peninsula


Merlot

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2007 Merlot Okanagan Valley

Chateau St. Jean 2006 Sonoma County Merlot United States

Hester Creek Estate Winery 2005 Reserve Merlot Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2007 Delaine Vineyard Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Merlot Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 SunRock Vineyard Merlot Okanagan Valley

John Howard Cellars of Distinction 2006 Megalomaniac Big Mouth Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Lailey Vineyard 2007 Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Louis M. Martini Winery 2006 Ghost Pines Merlot United States

Peller Estates Winery 2007 Signature Series Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Rosewood Winery 2007 Natural Fermentation Merlot Reserve Niagara Peninsula

Sonoma Vineyards 2005 Merlot United States

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot Okanagan Valley

Tawse Winery 2007 David’s Block Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2007 Merlot Okanagan Valley


Sparkling Wines

Adriano Adami 2008 Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Spumante Dry Italy

Peller Estates Ice Cuvee NV Niagara Peninsula

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tribute Okanagan Valley


Pinot Noir

Cassini Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley

Etude 2006 Carneros Pinot Noir United States

Niagara College Teaching Winery 2007 Dean’s List Pinot Noir Niagara Peninsula

Rosewood Estates Winery 2007 Natural Fermentation Pinot Reserve Niagara Peninsula

See Ya Later Ranch 2007 Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley

Stoneleigh 2007 Pinot Noir New Zealand

Tawse Winery 2007 Seventeenth Street Vineyard Pinot Noir Niagara Peninsula


Shiraz/Shiraz Blends

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2007 Syrah Okanagan Valley

Fielding Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet-Syrah Niagara Peninsula

Fielding Estate Winery 2007 Syrah Niagara Peninsula

Hardys 2007 Butcher’s Gold Shiraz Sangiovese Australia

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 SunRock Vineyard Shiraz Okanagan Valley

Kacaba Vineyards 2007 Reserve Syrah Niagara Peninsula

Lailey Vineyard 2007 Impromptu Niagara Peninsula

Mission Hill Family Estate 2006 Legacy Series Quatrain Okanagan Valley

Shingleback 2007 Red Knot Shiraz Australia

Wirra Wirra 2007 Scrubby Rise Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot Australia

Wolf Blass 2005 Grey Label Shiraz Australia

Yalumba 2007 Y Series Shiraz Vioginer Australia


Aromatic/Other White Varietal

Fielding Estate Winery 2008 Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Inniskillin Wines 2008 Winemaker’s Series Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2007 Delaine Vineyard Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula

Nyarai Cellars 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Niagara Peninsula

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2008 Chenin Blanc Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2008 Pinot Gris Reserve Okanagan Valley

Rosewood Estates Winery 2007 Riesling Reserve Niagara Peninsula

Stoneleigh 2008 Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

Tawse Winery 2008 Carly’s Block Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Tawse Winery 2008 Sketches of Niagara Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Tawse Winery 2008 Wismer Foxcroft Vineyard Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Villa Maria Estate 2009 Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand


Other Reds

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2006 Meritage Estate Bottled Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2007 Maximus Okanagan Valley

Featherstone Estate Winery 2007 Onyx Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula

Galil Mountain Winery 2005 Yiron Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Israel

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Cabernet/Shiraz/Viognier Okanagan Valley

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 SunRock Vineyard Meritage Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2007 Reserve Meritage Okanagan Valley

See Ya Later Ranch 2007 Ping Okanagan Valley

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Black Sage Vineyard Meritage Okanagan Valley

Tawse Winery 2007 Sketches of Niagara Merlot Cabernet Niagara Peninsula

Telavi Wine Cellar 2006 Satrapezo Saperavi Georgia

Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery 2007 Estate Series Cabernet Merlot Niagara Peninsula


White Blend

Creekside Estate Winery 2007 Laura White Niagara Peninsula

Fielding Estate Winery 2008 White Conception Niagara Peninsula

Flat Rock Cellars 2008 Seriously Twisted Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve White Meritage Niagara Peninsula

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve White Meritage Okanagan Valley

Wirra Wirra 2008 Scrubby Rise Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon – Viognier Australia

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