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Twelve B.C. wines surpassed grape expectations and were deemed top in the province

Twelve B.C. wines surpassed grape expectations and were deemed top in the province.

Twelve B.C. wines surpassed grape expectations and were deemed top in the province.

By Kamloops This Week

Twelve B.C. wines surpassed grape expectations and were deemed top in the province.

The 2014 Leitenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wines noted this year as the largest competition in the 12-year history of the awards, with 436 submitted from 119 wineries.

All wineries in B.C. were invited to take place.

The winners are:

• 8th Generation Vineyard’s Riesling 2012

• Bonamici Cellars’ Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

• Fort Berens Estate Winery’s Riesling 2012

• Hester Creek Estate Winery’s Block 2 Reserve Merlot 2011

• Howling Bluff Estate Winery’s Summa Quies Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 2013

• Kraze Legz Vineyard & Winery’s Skaha Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

• Laughing Stock Vineyards’ Portfolio 2011

• Okanagan Crush Pad Winery’s Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2011

• Pentâge Winery’s Syrah Reserve 2010

• Quails’ Gate Winery’s Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2012

• Ruby Blues Winery’s Viognier 2013

• Wayne Gretzky Okanagan’s The Great Red 2011

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon visited the wineries from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26 to present the awards.

For more information, go online to ltgov.gc.ca.