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B.C. wines take on top dogs

B.C. wines were pitted against some of the best wines in the world Tuesday in Summerland at the second annual Judgment of BC.

The event pitted 12 B.C. wines, six pinot noirs and six reislings, against 12 “international benchmark” wines in a blind taste test.

The wines were judged by 31 wine critics throughout the day, and while none of the B.C. wines came out on top, CedarCreek’s 2012 Platinum Block 3 Riesling came in second to Germany’s 2013 Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett.

“This is not about win or lose, good or better,” said DJ Kearney, curator of the event. “This is about putting B.C. wines up against really stiff competition and what great results.”

“The global wines were all chosen for a reason to challenge, to push and to help us realize that we are in great company.”

Many of the judges commented on how the B.C. wines did not seem out of place amongst the esteemed international wines.

“What was really interesting when I tasted through those 12 wines blind, I couldn’t pick out the B.C. wines which tells me they belong in their peer group which is a ringing endorsement for B.C. wine that we’re on the right track,” said Dr. Jamie Goode, a British wine critic.

In the pinot noir category, France’s 2012 Bouchard Père Premier Cru Beaune Clos de la Mousse Monopole took the top spot, while Summerland’s 2014 Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir was the best of the B.C. Pinots, fourth overall.

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