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12 B.C. wines chosen for Lieutenant Governor’s Awards; all from Okanagan

VICTORIA–The winners for the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wine have been announced, and all of them are from the Okanagan.

The Honourable Judith Guichon made the announcement on Wednesday.

“This year’s winners represent the best of the outstanding wines from our province,” said Guichon. “With so many exceptional wines entered each year, it is becoming increasingly challenging for the judges to select the winners.”

This year, 504 wines were submitted by 135 wineries to be judged by a panel of wine industry professionals.  Wines submitted had to be from 100 per cent B.C. grown grapes and produced in province.

The winners are:

Bordertown Vineyards & Estate Winery – Osoyoos
2013 Living Desert Red

Ex Nihilo Vineyards – Lake Country
2014 Pinot Noir

Gold Hill Winery – Oliver
2013 Meritage Family Reserve

Hester Creek Estate Winery – Oliver
2013 Syrah Viognier

Intersection Estate Winery – Oliver
2013 Cabernet Franc

Kismet Estate Winery – Oliver
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Lunessence Winery & Vineyard – Summerland
2014 Riesling Icewine

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery – Summerland
2014 Haywire The Bub

Quails’ Gate – West Kelowna
2014 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay

Red Rooster Winery – Penticton
2012 Reserve Merlot

Ruby Blues Winery – Penticton
2015 Commune Viognier

St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery – Kelowna
2014 Riesling

The Lieutenant Governor will be visiting the winning wineries in September to present the awards.
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