CedarCreek Estate Winery celebrated its 25th anniversary this year by bringing two gold medals home to the Central Okanagan in this year’s B.C. Wine Awards, which kicked off the 32nd annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival last night.
The 2010 Platinum Chardonnay and 2009 Platinum Meritage were singled out by the nine judges who toiled for four days here in Kelowna this week, swirling, sniffing, sipping and then spitting a record number of entries.
CedarCreek wines also received two silver medals and five bronze medals.
Three other local wineries also picked up gold medals: Gray Monk Estate Winery with its 2011 Ehrenfelser; Peller Estates with its 2011 Private Reserve Dry Riesling; and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery with its 2010 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay.
Gray Monk also received silver and bronze medals, as did Peller Estates and Quails’ Gate.
Gray Monk Estate Winery owners Trudy and George Heiss also presented the B.C. Wine Museum with a collection of their archived material from their 40 years in the industry, growing grapes and making wine in B.C.
Kelowna’s Spierhead Winery was selected as the best new winery by judges, who also awarded the young winery a silver medal for its 2010 Pinot Noir, and bronze for its 2010 Pursuit and its 2010 Chardonnay.
Last year, Volcanic Hills of West Kelowna was chosen the best new winery, and this year, that winery brought home four silver medals for its 2011 Pinot Gris; 2011 Magma Rose, 2010 Magma Red and 2011 Late Harvest Zweigelt. It also picked up three bronze medals for its 2011 Magma White; 2008 Syrah and its 2009 Eruption.
Mission Hill Family Estate brought home five silver medals and one bronze in the competition while Sandhill landed one silver and eight bronze medals this fall.
Silver medals were also awarded to Arrowleaf Cellars, Intrigue Wines, Calona Vineyards and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.
Bronze medals went to a number of local wineries as well, including: Ancient Hill, The View, Arrowleaf Cellars and Summerhill.
About half of the more than 500 wines entered this year were selected by judges for medals, slightly down from previous years.