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Thursday, May 6, 2010

2010 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival Winners

The 2010 Spring wine festival winners (and finalists) have been announced. Click here to access the full list.

We congratulate the well-deserved winners. Taking nothing away from them, we have compiled a list of alternates that you may want to seek-out in addition to the winning submissions. Below is a list of the winners from the Spring competition with an Icon Wines' (IW) suggestion of a worthy alternate:

Red Meritage Blend
Winner: Nk’Mip Cellars 2007 Qwam Qwmt Meritage
IW Alternate: Fairview Cellars 2007 The Bear

Red Blend
Winner: Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery 2007 Second Crossing
IW Alternate: Sandhill 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah

White Blend
Winner: Road 13 Vineyards 2009 Stemwinder
IW Alternate: Road 13 Vineyards 2008 Viognier Roussanne Marsanne

Syrah/Shiraz
Winner: Sandhill Wines 2008 Small Lots Syrah
IW Alternate: La Frenz Winery 2006 Shiraz

Cabernet Franc
Winner: Peller Estates Winery 2008 Family Series Cabernet Franc
IW Alternate: Poplar Grove 2006 Cabernet Franc

Pinot Noir
Winner: Road 13 Vineyards 2007 Jackpot Pinot Noir
IW Alternate: Tantalus Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir

Pinot Gris
Winner: Pentage Winery 2008 Pinot Gris
IW Alternate: Burrowing Owl 2008 Pinot Gris

Pinot Blanc
Winner: Wild Goose Vineyards 2009 Mystic River Pinot Blanc
IW Alternate: Lake Breeze 2009 Pinot Blanc

Chardonnay
Winner: Sandhill Wines 2008 Small Lots Single Block Chardonnay
IW Alternate: Blackwood Lane 2005 Chardonnay

Unoaked Chardonnay
Winner: Blasted Church Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay Musque
IW Alternate: JoieFarm 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay

Gewurztraminer
Winner: Hillside Estate Winery 2009 Gewurztraminer
IW Alternate: Lake Breeze 2009 Gewurztraminer

Riesling
Winner: Nk’Mip Cellars 2008 Riesling
IW Alternate: La Frenz 2009 Small Lots Riesling

Viognier
Winner: Sandhill Wines 2009 Small Lots Viognier
IW Alternate: Van Westen 2008 Viognier

Sauvignon Blanc
Winner: Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
IW Alternate: Fairview Cellars 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Merlot
Winner: Painted Rock Estate Winery 2007 Merlot
IW Alternate: Blackwood Lane 2007 Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon
Winner: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
IW Alternate: Rollingdale Winery 2007 "La Gauche" Cabernet Sauvignon

Rosé
Winner: Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2009 Syrah Rose
IW Alternate: JoieFarm 2009 Rosé

Mixed Red Varietals
Winner: Hillside Estate Winery 2008 Pinotage
IW Alternate: Dessert Hills 2008 Gamay

Mixed White Varietals
Winner: CedarCreek Estate Winery 2009 Ehrenfelser
IW Alternate: None. Hard to beet the CC Ehrenfelser.

Other Icewine/Late Harvest
Winner: Inniskillin Okanagan Winery 2008 Tempranillo Icewine
IW Alternate: Rollingdale Winery 2007 Pinot Noir Icewine

Sparkling
Winners: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2008 Sparkling Gewurztraminer
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2008 Sparkling Rosé
IW Alternate: Road 13 Vineyards' Sparkling Chenin Blanc

Fruit Wine
Winner: Forbidden Fruit Winery 2009 Plumiscious Plum Mistelle
IW Alternate: Elephant Island 2009 Cassis

By Liam Carrier

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