Thursday, September 15, 2011

Summerland's First Wine Awards

This past weekend at the Summerland Fall Fair, the local RE/MAX agency sponsored the appellation's first homegrown wine awards. The judges for the inaugural event were radio/tv personality and wine guru Terry David Mulligan, author and wine critic John Schreiner, winemaker Kelly Symonds and yours truly. In all we tasted 32 wines in 5 flights: Whites Under 10g/l RS, Whites Over 10g/l RS, Rosé/Sparkling, Red Wines and Desert Wines.

The winners:

Bonitas Winery 2008 Pinot Noir - $35
Sonoran Estate Winery 2008 Ehrenfelser Icewine - $29.90 (200ml)

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer - $13.99
SummerGate Winery 2010 Kerner - $19.90
Thornhaven Estate Winery 2008 Evolution - $26.90

Sonoran Estate Winery 2010 Riesling-Gewurztraminer - $17.90
Thornhaven Estate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer - $17.90
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2007 Steller's Jay - $26.99
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2008 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot - $19.99
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Merlot - $24.90
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Pipe - $19.99 (500ml)

The co-winners of the "People's Choice Award", selected by the patrons of the Fall Fair, went to:

Heaven's Gate Winery 2010 Gewurztraminer
Heaven's Gate Winery 2010 Pinot Gris

- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

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