Lt. Governor awards for BC wineries

Victoria, B.C.—British Columbia Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon's office announced the twelve wines that earned an Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. The 2014 competition drew 436 different wines submitted from 119 wineries. A panel of wine industry professionals tasted the entries blind. All wines submitted to the contest must be made with 100% British Columbia grapes to be eligible.

The winners are: 8th Generation Vineyard, 2012 Riesling; Bonamici Cellars, 2012 Merlot/Cabernet Franc; Fort Berens Estate Winery, 2012 Riesling; Hester Creek Estate Winery, 2011 Block 2 Reserve Merlot; Howling Bluff Estate Winery, 2013 Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon; Kraze Legs Vineyard & Winery, 2013 Skaha Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay; Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, 2011 Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir; Pentage Wines, 2010 Reserve Syrah; Quails’ Gate Winery, 2012 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay; Ruby Blues Winery, 2013 Viognier; Wayne Gretzky Okanagan, 2011 The Great Red and Laughing Stock Vineyards' 2011 Portfolio. 

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