Gewurztraminer by BC winery wins best white at Canada’s largest judging

By on May 31, 2014
Desert Hills Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley near Oilver, British Columbia, produced the top white at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships earlier this month.

Desert Hills Estate Winery in the Okanagan Valley near Oilver, British Columbia, produced the top white at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of BC Wine Institute)

BLOOMFIELD, Ontario — Desert Hills Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia turned its 2013 Gewürztraminer into the best white wine of the competition at the All Canadian Wine Championships in Windsor, Ontario.

all-canadian-wine-championships-logoThe 34th annual judging, both the oldest and largest in Canada, received 1,304 entries from more than 200 wineries earlier this month at Angeline’s Inn in Bloomfield, Ontario.

The Toor family has a history of recent successes with this Germanic variety, including best of class at the 2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in San Bernardino, Calif.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna produced the other superlative victory by a BC winery when its Cipes Brut from the Okanagan Valley earned the crown of best sparkling.

For a judge’s perspective from within the competition, read Vancouver wine critic Tim Pawsey’s report via his Hired Belly site.

Here are the complete British Columbia results:

Best white

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2013 Gewürztraminer, $19.90

Best sparkling

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut, $26.95

Double gold

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $16.90

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2012 Moon Shine $17.90

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc $33

Cassini Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $39

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2012 Chardonnay $17.90

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Inspired Madness $18.90

Church & State Wines 2011 Coyote Bowl Malbec  $34.90

Gold Hill Winery 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay $19.90

Hester Creek Winery 2012 Character Red $19.95

Isabella Winery 2013 Cranberries $18

Kraze Legz Winery 2011 The Cakewalk $25.85

La Frenz Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir $32

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Riesling Icewine $59.99

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2013 Mingle $18

Quails’ Gate 2012 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay $35

Pentâge Winery 2013 Viognier $22

Sandhill 2012 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots Syrah $40

Silverside Farm & Winery 2013 Tayberry Wine $20

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery 2013 Mystic River Pinot Blanc $19

Gold

Arrowleaf Cellars 2013 First Crush White $15

Arrowleaf Cellars 2013 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal $25

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Riesling $18.99

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc $17.90

Black Hills Estate Winery 2012 Cellar Hand Free Run White $16.00

Black Sage Vineyard 2011 Pipe $24.99

Blasted Church Vineyards 2013 Unorthodox Chardonnay $18.50

Blasted Church Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc $19.50

Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2009 Estate Pinot Noir $23

Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2012 Quill Red $19

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Athene $38.00

B|3 Three Bear Ranch 2012 Pinot Noir $14.95

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $17.95

Chaberton Estate Winery 2010 Valley Cab $15.95

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Merlot Similkameen $34.90

Church & State Wines 2010 Coyote Bowl Petit Verdot Malbec  $34.90

Damali Lavender & Winery 2013 Rhube Lavande $18.25

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc $21.90

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2013 Gamay $17.90

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2012 Not So Knotty Chardonnay $18.99

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2013 Threadbare Vines $18.99

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $18.00

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Noir $32

Forbidden Fruit Winery 2013 Cherysh Cherry Rose $19.95

Forbidden Fruit Winery 2011 Earth Series Merlot $26

Forbidden Fruit Winery 2012 Impearfection Asian Pear $21.95

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Noir $25.99

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer/Schonburger $15.99

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Desert Sun $13.99

Gold Hill Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer $17.90

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2013 Ehrenfelser $19.99

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2010 Odyssey Traditional Brut, $29.99

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Blanc $16.99

Hidden Chapel Winery 2013 St. Vincent $19.90

Hillside Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $21.99

House of Rose Winery 2013 Rosé $17

Isabella Winery 2010 Attribute $40

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2009 Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine $59.99

JoieFarm 2012 En Famille Reserve Gewurztraminer $28

JoieFarm 2013 Pinot Blanc $23.00

Kraze Legz Winery 2013 Skaha Vineyard Pinot Blanc $18.85

Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery 2013 Rhubarb $17

La Frenz Estate Winery 2013 Alexandria $20

La Frenz Estate Winery 2013 Riesling $20

La Frenz Estate Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc $22

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Ehrenfelser $19.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Pinot Blanc $19.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir $27

Lulu Island Winery 2011 Red Icewine $95

Meadow Vista Honey Wines NV Ostara $21.90

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Chardonnay $19.99

Mission Hill Family Estate 2011 Perpetua $34.99

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Afraid of the Dark $22.00

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio $19

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2009 Reserve Meritage $30

Orofino 2011 Red Bridge Merlot $24.90

Orofino 2013 Scout VYD Riesling $21.90

Perseus Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc $30

Perseus Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $50

Perseus Winery 2012 Merlot $19.90

Perseus Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $14.90

Poplar Grove Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $19.90

Quails’ Gate 2012 Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir $24.99

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 2009 Alagria $29.90

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 2009 Obra-Prima $34.90

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir $24.99

River Stone Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc $25.90

River Stone Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $19.90

Ruby Blues Winery 2013 Viognier $25

See Ya Later Ranch 2011 Rover $21.99

Serendipity Winery 2013 Viognier $19.90

SpierHead Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Gentleman Farmer $30

St. Hubertus 2013 Pinot Blanc $14.95

St. Hubertus 2012 Riesling $16.50

St. Hubertus 2011 Rosé $16.95

Stoneboat Vineyards 2012 Chorus $17.90

Stoneboat Vineyards 2012 Pinotage $24.90

Silkscarf Winery 2013 Riesling $24

Silkscarf Winery 2009 Shiraz Reserve $40

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery 2012 Chardonnay, $20.99

Unsworth Vineyards NV Ovation $21.40

Van Westen Vineyards 2012 Vivacious $19.90

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2011 Magma Red $16.90

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer $19.00

Silver

Arrowleaf Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris $17.00

Arrowleaf Cellars 2011 Zweigelt $20.00

Averill Creek Vineyard  2008 Cowichan Tawny $29.95

Backyard Vineyards  2011 Syrah $21.99

Bench 1775 Winery  2013 Gewurztraminer $17.90

Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Glow Rosé $19.90

Black Widow Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $22.00

Black Widow Winery 2013 Rosé $22.00

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2013 Lunacy $21.90

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2012 Sirius $16.90

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $35.00

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Chardonnay, $25

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Syrah $33.00

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $17.95

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Riesling $17.95

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Gewurztraminer $18.90

Chaberton Estate Winery 2008 AC 100 $47.95

Chaberton Estate Winery 2012 Valley Chardonnay, $14.95

Cherry Point Estate Wines 2011 Lagrimas Negras $29.80

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2013 Say Yes Pinot Gris $19.99

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé $18.00

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé $17.99

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery 2012 Ogopogo’s Lair Pinot Grigio $14.99

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay, $14.99

Gold Hill Winery 2012 Family Reserve Meritage $34.90

Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2012 Late Harvest Riesling $20.90

Hillside Winery 2009 Mosaic $39.99

Hillside Winery 2011 Syrah $29.99

Intersection Estate Winery 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $24.90

Intrigue Wines 2013 Pinot Gris $16.90

Isabella Winery 2012 5 in 1 Golden Maple $50.00

Isabella Winery 2011 Merlot Icewine $60.00

Isabella Winery 2013 Raspberry Fruit Wine $18.00

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2011 Reserve Riesling Icewine $52.99

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2013 Reserve Viognier $13.99

JoieFarm 2012 En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir $40.90

Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery,  2013 Tayberry $17.00

Kraze Legz Winery 2013 Skaha Vineyard Mystique $19.85

La Frenz Estate Winery 2011 Amos Pinot Noir $22.00

La Frenz Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, $29.00

La Frenz Estate Winery 2011 Merlot $26.00

La Frenz Estate Winery 2013 Semillon $20.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 The Spice Jar $19.00

Laughing Stock Vineyards 2011 Portfolio $42.00

Lulu Island Winery 2012 Meritage $39.95

Mission Hill Family Estate 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $24.99

Mistaken Identity Vineyards 2013 Bianco $18.00

Monster Vineyards 2011 Merlot $19.90

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Nothing to Declare Rosé $22.00

Oak Bay Estate Winery 2012 Marechal Foch $20.00

Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2013 Patio Passion $18.00

Orofino 2011 Passion Pit Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $28.90

Orofino 2013 Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling $21.90

Pentâge Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon $20.00

Platinum Bench Estate Winery 2011 Meritage $34.90

Quails’ Gate 2012 Chardonnay $19.99

Quails’ Gate 2012 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir $45.00

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 2010 Malbec $29.90

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery 2009 Merlot $24.90

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery 2013 Bacchus $17

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Bantam $14.99

Red Rooster Winery 2011 Cabernet Merlot $18.99

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Chardonnay, $16.99

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Reserve Rosé $21.99

River Stone Estate Winery 2013 Splash $18.90

Sandhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Hidden Terrace Vineyard $18.99

Sandhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Sandhill Estate Vineyard $18.99

Silverside Farm & Winery 2013 Wild Blackberry Wine $20.00

Sonoran Estate Winery 2013 Ehrenfelser $19.90

Sonoran Estate Winery 2013 Oraniensteiner Jazz Series $18.90

SpierHead Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $20.00

SpierHead Winery 2012 Pinot Noir $22.00

Stag’s Hollow Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc $28.00

Stag’s Hollow Winery 2010 Syrah $25.00

Stag’s Hollow Winery 2013 Syrah Grenache Rosé $22.00

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio $13.99

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2011 Baco Noir $24.95

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2013 Ehrenfelser $19.95

Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery 2012 Turner Road $18.00

Tantalus Vineyards 2013 Riesling $22.90

Tightrope Winery 2013 Riesling $22.00

Tightrope Winery 2013 Viognier $27.00

Thornhaven Estates 2012 Rosé $15.90

Topshelf Winery 2011 Over The Top Merlot $20.00

Van Westen Vineyards 2010 Vivre la Vie $29.90

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2010 Pinot Noir $19.90

Westham Island Estate Winery NV Peach $12.95

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery 2012 Stoney Slope Riesling $20.00

Bronze

Arrowleaf Cellars 2011 Merlot $19.00

Arrowleaf Cellars 2013 Snow Tropics Vidal $17.00

Averill Creek Vineyard 2010 Foch-Cab $18.00

Backyard Vineyards 2013 Nosey Neighbor White $13.99

Black Hills Estate Winery 2013 Alibi $25.00

Blasted Church Vineyards 2013 Gewurztraminer $17.50

Blasted Church Vineyards 2013 Mixed Blessings $18.50

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2012 Dusk $17.90

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2013 Moon Light $16.90

Blue Moon Estate Winery 2013 The Big Bang $17.90

Cassini Cellars 2010 Syrah Collector’s Series $29.00

Cassini Cellars 2011 Nobilus Merlot $39.00

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2012 Platinum Block 5 Chardonnay, $29.95

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2011 Merlot $19.95

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2012 Platinum Block 5 Pinot Gris $24.95

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Platinum Block 3 Riesling $24.95

Celista Estate Winery 2012 Ortega $17.90

Clos du Soleil 2013 Pinot Blanc $19.90

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Gris $19.90

Diabolica 2012 Diabolica Red Wine $15.99

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2012 Riesling $18.99

Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2013 Secret Affair $18.99

8th Generation Vineyard 2011 Merlot $22.00

Enrico Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio $13.90

Forbidden Fruit Winery 2013 Caught Apricot Mistelle $26.95

Forbidden Fruit Winery 2013 Speachless $19.95

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc $26.95

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Private Reserve Riesling, $14.99

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2013 Riesling $14.99

Gold Hill Winery 2012 Merlot $24.90

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2011 Odyssey Meritage $34.99

Gray Monk Estate Winery 2012 Riesling $16.99

Hillside Winery 2012 Reserve Pinot Gris $23.99

Hillside Winery 2013 Rosé $19.99

House of Rose Winery 2013 Marechal Foch $20.00

Intersection Estate Winery 2012 Unfiltered Cabernet Franc $24.90

Intersection Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Viognier-Marsanne $24.90

Isabella Winery 2012 Grand Reserve Syrah $25.00

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay, $19.99

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2010 SunRock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $29.99

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc $13.99

JoieFarm Winery 2012 Pinot Noir $24.00

Kraze Legz Winery 2013 Skaha Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, $19.85

La Frenz Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $28.00

La Frenz Estate Winery 2013 Viognier $22.00

La Frenz Estate Winery NV Tawny $22.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2010 Tempest $45.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris $19.00

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Semillon $20.00

Lang Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris $16.90

Larch Hills Winery 2013 Grandview Bench $12.50

Larch Hills Winery 2013 Marechal Foch Reserve $16.90

Mission Hill Family Estate 2011 Reserve Merlot $24.99

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Late Harvest Vidal $29.99

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Pinot Gris $19.99

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir $24.99

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Five Vineyards Rosé $15.99

Mistaken Identity Vineyards 2013 Rosso $20.00

Monster Vineyards 2012 Skinny Dip, $17.90

Moon Curser Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $25.00

Moon Curser Vineyards 2011 Merlot $25.00

Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Contraband Syrah $29.00

Moon Curser Estate Winery 2012 Viognier $28.00

Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery 2012 Riesling $16.00

Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery 2011 Semillon $15.50

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery 2011 Chardonnnay Reserve $24.00

Oak Bay Estate Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $16.75

Orofino 2011 Beleza $34.00

Orofino 2012 Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling $21.90

Orofino 2013 Home Vineyard Riesling $28.90

Perseus Winery 2012 Syrah $19.90

Platinum Bench Estate Winery 2012 Gamay Block 28 $29.90

Poplar Grove Winery 2013 Blanc De Noirs $24.90

Privato Vineyard and Winery  2011 Pinot Noir $34.90

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery 2012 Siegerrebe $19.00

Red Rooster Winery 2012 Pinot Noir $19.99

Red Rooster Winery 2013 Riesling $16.99

Robin Ridge Winery 2012 Gamay $23.90

Rocky Creek Winery 2013 Wild Blackberry $19.90

Ruby Blues Winery 2013 Gewurztraminer $20.00

Ruby Blues Winery NV Red Stiletto $25.00

Ruby Blues Winery 2013 White Stiletto $20.00

Serendipity Winery 2010 Serenata $39.90

Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard 2013 Ortega $16.00

SpierHead Winery 2012 Chardonnay $23.00

Stag’s Hollow Winery 2011 Heritage Block $24.99

Stag’s Hollow Winery 2010 Renaissance Pinot Noir $35.00

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2011 Chardonnay Icewine $80.00

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2011 Syrah Icewine $108.00

Tantalus Vineyards 2013 Rosé $21.90

The View Winery 2012 Pinotage $24.50

Thornhaven Estates 2013 Gewurztraminer $17.90

Thornhaven Estates 2012 Pinot Gris $15.90

Tightrope Winery 2012 Riesling $22

Unsworth Vineyards 2013 Pinot Gris $19.90

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2012 Single Vineyard Gewurztraminer $20.90

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery 2012 Horizon $22

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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