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Friday, Sep. 30, 2011

B.C. Wine Awards judging spotlights Riesling, Syrah

KELOWNA, British Columbia — The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival kicked off Thursday night with results from the second annual British Columbia Wine Awards, and several of the Okanagan Valley's most storied wineries received the top honors.

Red Rooster Winery, founded in 1990 on the Naramata Bench and now under the Peller Estates umbrella, won best red for its 2009 Reserve Syrah. The winemaker at Red Rooster is Karen Gillis.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, won best white wine for its 2010 Riesling. Eric von Krosigk, founding winemaker for owner Stephen Cipes, returned to the Kelowna showpiece in 2006.

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate, one of the valley's largest wineries and perhaps its most decorated ice wine producer, received the best dessert award for its 2009 Proprietors Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine. Derek Kontkanen head up both the white and the dessert programs.

The judging featured three Masters of Wine — DC Flynt (Lake George, La.), Rhys Pender (Cawston, B.C.) and Barbara Philip (Vancouver B.C.).

Here are the results of the 2011 British Columbia Wine Awards judging, which was conducted Sept 25-28 at the Manteo Resort in Kelowna:

Best red wine
Red Rooster Winery Reserve Syrah 2009

Best white wine
Summerhill Pryamid Winery Riesling 2010

Best Dessert Wine
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine 2009

Best New Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

2011 gold-medal winners
Ancient Hill Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2009
Arrowleaf Cellars First Crush 2010
Blasted Church Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Syrah 2009
Dunham & Froese Estate Winery Amicitia 2008
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Ogopogo’s Lair Pinot Gris 2010
Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Hillside Estate Winery Old Vines Gamay Noir 2009
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Discovery Series Malbec 2009
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Entourage Gold Series Sparkling Chardonnay 2008
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate SunRock Vineyard Meritage 2007
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Shiraz 2007
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine 2009
Lake Breeze Vineyards Semillon 2010
Lake Breeze Vinyards Pinot Blanc 2010
Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio 2009
Moon Curser Vineyards Viognier 2010
Nk’Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir 2009
Peller Estates Winery Family Series Pinot Blanc 2010
Quails’ Gate Winery Pinot Noir 2009
Red Rooster Winery Reserve Syrah 2009
Road 13 Vineyards Home Vineyard Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2008
Road 13 Vineyards Home Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2010
Road 13 Vineyards Honest John’s White 2010
Road 13 Vineyards Jackpot Chardonnay Castle Vineyard 2009
Robin Ridge Winery Gamay 2009
Sandhill Wines Sauvignon Blanc Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2010
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Malbec Phantom Creek Vineyard 2008
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Petit Verdot Phantom Creek Vineyard 2009
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Riesling 2010
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009

2011 silver-medal winners
Arrowleaf Cellars Solstice Pinot Gris Suncrest Vineyard 2010
Arrowleaf Cellars Merlot 2008
Arrowleaf Cellars Special Select Late Harvest Vidal 2010
Arrrowleaf Cellars Pinot Noir 2009
Arrrowleaf Cellars Solstice Reserve Suncrest Vineyard 2009
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Blanc de Noirs 2010
Blasted Church Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2010
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Syrah 2008
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cassini Cellars Collector’s Series Cabernet Franc 2009
Cassini Cellars Malbec Collector’s Series 2009
CedarCreek Estate Winery Riesling 2010
CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Noir Rosé 2010
CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2010
CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Malbec 2008
Desert Hills Estate Winery Malbec Proprietor’s Reserve 2008
Dirty Laundry Vineyard Hush 2010
Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery Canoe Cove Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007
Fort Berens Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2009
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery The Lost Bars Vidal Icewine 2009
Gray Monk Estate Winery Ehrenfelser 2010
Gray Monk Estate Winery Pinot Auxerrois 2010
Hester Creek Estate Winery Reserve Merlot 2008
Hester Creek Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 2010
Hillside Estate Winery Mosaic 2008
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Discovery Series Zinfandel 2009
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Gold Series Cabernet-Shiraz-Viognier 2008
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Silver Series Viognier 2010
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors’ Grand Reserve White Meritage 2008
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors’ Reserve Riesling Icewine 2007
Kalala Organic Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2009
Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery The Bee’s Knees Pinot Blanc 2010
Lake Breeze Vineyards Bench White 2010
Lake Breeze Vineyards Seven Poplars Chardonnay 2010
Mission Hill Family Estate Select Lot Collection Syrah 2008
Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Estate Collection Gewurztraminer 2010
Nk’Mip Cellars Riesling 2010
Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Peller Estates Winery Family Series Pinot Gris 2010
Quails’ Gate Winery Optima Late Harvest Totally Botrytis Affected 2009
Red Rooster Winery Bantam 2010
Red Rooster Winery Cabernet Merlot 2009
Red Rooster Winery Reserve Meritage 2009
Robin Ridge Winery Reserve Merlot 2009
Ruby Blues Winery Riesling 2010
Rustic Roots Winery Fameuse Frizzante 2010
Sandhill Wines Cabernet Merlot Vanessa Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Gamay Noir Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Malbec Phantom Creek Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Sangiovese Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2008
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Viognier Osprey Ridge Vineyard 2010
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Syrah Phantom Creek Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Rosé Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2010
Sandhill Wines Merlot Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Cabernet Merlot Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2009
See Ya Later Ranch Jimmy My Pal 2010
See Ya Later Ranch Pinot 3 2010
See Ya Later Ranch Chardonnay 2010
Silkscarf Winery Saignée 2010
Silkscarf Winery Cabernet Franc 2008
Silkscarf Winery Viognier 2010
SpierHead Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard Pinot Noir Stag’s Hollow Vineyard 2009
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2009
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Merlot 2009
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2009
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009
The View Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Therapy Vineyards Super Ego 2008
Thornhaven Estates Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Zweigelt Late Harvest 2010
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2010
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2009
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2010
Wild Goose Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Kerry Hill Vineyard 2009
Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Wild Goose Vineyards Riesling 2010

2011 bronze-medal winners
Aces Okanagan Estate Winery Seven Deuce Red 2009
Arrowleaf Cellars Bacchus 2010
Arrowleaf Cellars Solstice Pinot Noir 2009
Arrowleaf Cellars Zweigelt 2009
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2010
Bonitas Winery Artist Series Viognier 2010
Burrowing Owl Vineyards Athene 2008
Burrowing Owl Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2008
Burrowing Owl Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
Burrowing Owl Vineyards Merlot 2008
Burrowing Owl Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009
Calona Vineyards Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay 2010
Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Gris 2010
Cassini Cellars Maximus Collector’s Series 2009
Cassini Cellars Pinot Noir Reserve 2009
Cassini Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 2009
Cassini Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2010
CedarCreek Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2008
CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Chardonnay 2009
CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Pinot Noir 2008
CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Syrah 2008
CedarCreek Estate Winery Merlot 2008
Church & State Wines Cabernet Blanc 2010
Clos du Soleil Winery Saturn 2010
Clos du Soleil Winery Signature 2009
D’Angelo Estate Winery Merlot Cabernet 2007
Desert Hills Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2008
Desert Hills Estate Winery Cactus Series White 2010
Desert Hills Estate Winery Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Dirty Laundry Vineyard Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer 2010
Dirty Laundry Vineyard Pinot Gris 2010
Dunham & Froese Estate Winery MDC 2009
Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage 2009
Fort Berens Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2010
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Larch Tree Hill Riesling 2010
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Major Allan Merlot 2009
Gold Hill Winery Cabernet Franc 2009
Gold Hill Winery Merlot 2009
Gold Hill Winery Syrah 2009
Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey Meritage 2009
Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey White Brut 2008
Heaven’s Gate Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Hester Creek Estate Winery Character Estate Red Blend 2009
Hester Creek Estate Winery Reserve Cabernet Franc 2008
Hidden Chapel Winery Nuns on the Run 2009
Hidden Chapel Winery White Wedding 2010
Hillside Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Hillside Estate Winery Hidden Valley Vineyard Merlot 2009
Hillside Estate Winery Reserve Pinot Gris 2009
Howling Bluff Estate Winery Stone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2010
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Dark Horse Estate Vineyard Meritage 2008
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Discovery Series Chenin Blanc 2009
Intrigue Wines Intrigue 10 2010
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Meritage 2007
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Gold Series Shiraz SunRock Vineyard 2008
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Black Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Silver Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Kalala Organic Estate Winery 3 Cru Nomad 2010
Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery The Charleston Chardonnay Unoaked 2010
Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery Speakeasy Rose 2010
Lake Breeze Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2010
Lake Breeze Vineyards Meritage 2009
Lake Breeze Vineyards Seven Poplars Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 2010
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2009
Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Rose 2010
Moon Curser Vineyards Dead of Night 2009
Moon Curser Vineyards Merlot 2009
Moon Curser Vineyards Tempranillo 2009
Moon Curser Vineyards Syrah 2009
Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Estate Collection Ehrenfelser 2010
Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Family Reserve Zinfandel 2008
Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery Summit Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
Nk’Mip Cellars Pinot Blanc 2009
Nk’Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2009
Nk’Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Syrah 2008
Nk’Mip Cellars Merlot 2009
Noble Ridge Mingle 2010
Painted Rock Estate Winery Estate Grown Chardonnay 2010
Painted Rock Estate Winery Estate Grown Merlot 2008
Painted Rock Estate Winery Estate Grown Red Icon 2008
Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Chardonnay 2010
Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Dry Riesling 2010
Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
Peller Estates Winery Family Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Peller Estates Winery Private Reserve Syrah 2009
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Chardonnay 2009
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Chenin Blanc 2010
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Dry Riesling 2010
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery Obra Prima 2008
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery Marechal Foch 2009
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery Siegerrebe 2010
Red Rooster Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Red Rooster Winery Pinot Blanc 2010
Red Rooster Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2010
Road 13 Vineyards Merlot Syrah 2009
Ruby Blues Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Ruby Blues Winery Merlot Grand Reserve 2009
Ruby Blues Winery White Stiletto 2010
Rustic Roots Winery Santa Rosa 2009
Sandhill Wines Cabernet Franc Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Small Lots One Phantom Creek Vineyard 2009
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Three Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2008
Sandhill Wines Small Lots Two Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2008
Sandhill Wines Pinot Gris King Family Vineyard 2010
See Ya Later Ranch Gewurztraminer 2010
See Ya Later Ranch Ping 2008
See Ya Later Ranch Rover 2009
See Ya Later Ranch Nelly 2009
See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Gris 2010
Silkscarf Winery Ensemble Blanc 2010
Sonoran Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot Jazz Series 2007
SpierHead Winery Cabernet Franc 2009
SpierHead Winery Merlot 2009
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard The Heritage Block Cabernet Merlot 2008
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2010
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Steller’s Jay Brut 2006
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tribute 30th Anniversary Edition N/V
Summerhill Pyramid Winery Small Lot Cabernet Franc 2007
Therapy Vineyards Pinot Gris 2010
Thornhaven Estates Winery Evolution 2009
Thornhaven Estates Winery Merlot 2009
Thornhaven Estates Winery Tortured Grape 2010
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2010
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Merlot 2009
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Oldfield Series Merlot 2008
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Oldfield Series Syrah 2008
Township 7 Vineyards and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Chardonnay Ice Wine 2009
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2010
Wild Goose Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2010
Wild Goose Vineyards Merlot 2008
Wild Goose Vineyards Merlot Reserve 2008