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InterVin 2011 announces top scoring wines


October 18, 2011
By Canadian Pizza

October 18, 2011, Toronto – A record 47 wines struck gold at the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

The top-scoring wines were selected by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers from a pool of nearly 1,100 wines from 15 countries. They encompassed a striking variety of styles.

"The gold medallists from the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards share little in common. They are the product of six different countries, produced by wineries of varying size and represent a wide array of styles and expressions," explained Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. "The one thing that these singular wines do share, however, is our judges' respect and admiration for being truly exceptional."

Judges included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Lindsay Groves and Zoltan Szabo, respected wine writers Linda Bramble and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Darryl Brooker and Craig McDonald.

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The panel saved their highest scores for Castello di Gabbiano 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (best red), Inniskillin Wines 2008 Riesling Icewine (best sweet wine) and Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Gewürztraminer (best white). That triumphant trio leads a list of 580 award winners, which include 47 gold, 123 silver and 410 bronze medallists. In addition, 33 top-scoring wines that retail for less than $15 also received a Judges' Choice for Value citation.

The complete list of gold medalists is as follows:

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2008 Meritage British Columbia
  • Calona Vineyards 2010 Artist Series Pinot Gris British Columbia
  • Castello di Gabbiano 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Italy
  • Castillo de Monseran 2007 Old Vines Garnacha Italy
  • Chateau St. Jean 2009 Sonoma Chardonnay California
  • Chateau St. Jean 2008 Sonoma Pinot Noir California
  • Colaneri Estate Winery 2010 Cavallone Pinot Grigio Ontario
  • Coyote's Run Estate Winery 2009 Black Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir Ontario
  • Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery 2008 Syrah British Columbia
  • Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Gewürztraminer Ontario
  • Ghost Pines Winery 2008 Winemaker's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon California
  • Henry's Drive Vignerons 2008 Morse Code Red Blend Australia
  • Hillebrand Winery 2006 Showcase Sparkling Ontario
  • Huff Estates 2008 Cuvée Peter F. Huff Ontario
  • Inniskillin Wines 2008 Riesling Icewine Ontario
  • Inniskillin Wines 2010 Winemaker's Series Barrel Aged Pinot Gris Ontario
  • Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2009 Gold Series White Meritage Ontario
  • Kacaba Vineyards 2007 Reserve Merlot Ontario
  • Konzelmann Estate Winery 2008 Vidal Icewine Ontario
  • Marchesi de' Frescobaldi 2009 Rèmole Italy
  • Mike Weir Wine 2006 Vidal Icewine Ontario
  • Mission Hill Family Estate 2007 Legacy Series Compendium British Columbia
  • Mission Hill Family Estate 2007 Legacy Series Quatrain British Columbia
  • Mission Hill Family Estate 2010 Five Vineyards Rosé British Columbia
  • Mission Hill Family Estate 2010 Reserve Vidal Icewine British Columbia
  • Pacific Breeze Urban Winery 2009 Big Red British Columbia
  • Palatine Hills Estate Winery 2010 Neufeld Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Ontario
  • Peller Estates Niagara-on-the-Lake 2010 Private Reserve Vidal Icewine Ontario
  • Red Rooster Winery 2009 Reserve Malbec British Columbia
  • Rosewood Estates Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc Barrel #86 Ontario
  • Rossendale Wines 2011 Cottesbrook Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand
  • Sandhill Wines 2009 Sandhill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc British Columbia
  • Sogivenus Fine Wines Dacosta 'Of the Coast' 10 Years Old Porto Portugal
  • Southbrook Vineyards 2008 Connect Organic Red Ontario
  • Southbrook Vineyards Framboise Ontario
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2009 Black Sage Vineyard Merlot British Columbia
  • Tawse Winery 2010 Riesling Ontario
  • Tawse Winery 2009 Robyn's Block Vineyard Chardonnay Ontario
  • The Foreign Affair Winery 2009 Pinot Noir Ontario
  • Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Gewürztraminer Ontario
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc British Columbia
  • Viña Misiones de Rengo 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Argentina
  • Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Autumn Gold British Columbia
  • Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris British Columbia
  • Wineinc Pty Ltd. 2008 Wine Men of Gotham Cabernet Australia
  • Wineinc Pty Ltd. 2008 Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz Grenache Australia
  • Wolf Blass Wines 2009 Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet Australia


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