British Columbia wines dominate Los Angeles International Wine Competition

By on June 28, 2016
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.

Wineries using grapes from British Columbia’s picturesque Okanagan Valley won 31 gold medals at the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine Competition in Southern California. (Photo courtesy of BC Wine Institute)

POMONA, Calif. – Forty Pacific Northwest wines earned gold medals or better at the “granddaddy of all American wine competitions.”

The 77th annual Los Angeles International Wine Competition took place in mid-May at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds, drawing more than 3,000 entries from around the world.

Some 17 wines from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon earned best-of-class status, meaning they were the top wine in their category. Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos, British Columbia, won three best-of-class designations, while Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery near Oliver, British Columbia, won two. Gehringer Brothers also won four additional gold medals.

Of the 40 Northwest wines that won gold medals, 31 were from British Columbia.

Here are the complete Northwest results of the Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

Gold/best of class

Abacela 2015 Albariño, Umpqua Valley

Battle Creek Cellars 2014 Unconditional Pinot Noir, Oregon

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2012 Quattro, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2012 The Aristocrat Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Desert Sun, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Ehrenfelser, Okanagan Valley

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Safed, Okanagan Valley

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2015 Skinny Dip Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Carménère, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Tannat, Okanagan Valley

Pacific Oasis NV Riesling, Columbia Valley

Peller Estates Winery 2015 Family Series Pinot Gris, British Columbia

Poplar Grove 2015 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gold

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Bench 1775 2015 Glow Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2012 Collector’s Series Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2014 Lost Inhibitions Red, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Classic Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Old Vines Auxerrois, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Private Reserve Dry Riesling, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2014 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Yakima Valley

Pino 2014 Pinot Gris, Oregon

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2014 Smaragd Grüner Veltliner, Umpqua Valley

Sawtooth Winery 2014 Riesling, Snake River Valley

Spierhead 2014 Club Consensus Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Spierhead 2014 Cuvée Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2014 No. 99 Red, British Columbia

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2014 No. 99 The Great Red, British Columbia

Whistler 2014 Viognier Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Silver

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

50th Parallel Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Abacela 2015 Blanco Dulce, Umpqua Valley

Backyard Winery 2013 Reserve Syrah, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2015 Riesling Rosé, Fraser Valley

Backyard Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2013 Riesling, British Columbia

Bench 1775 2013 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Tribute, Columbia Valley

Browne Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2015 Artist Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2015 Artist Series Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 The Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

Cassini Cellars 2012 The Godfather Red, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2011 The Godfather Red, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2012 Maximus, Okanagan Valley

Cassini Cellars 2013 White Rhône Blend, Okanagan Valley

Charles & Charles 2015 Rosé, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Second Chapter Vineyard Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2015 Lost Inhibitions White, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Vineyard Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Vineyard Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Columbia Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Conviction Wines 2015 The Industrialist Sovereign Opal, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Dedication Ten, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2014 Ruah, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2015 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

Evolve Cellars 2014 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 Red Gold, British Columbia

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Signature Series Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Gravel Bar 2014 Alluvial Red, Columbia Valley

Intrinsic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Kismet Estate Winery 2015 Infinity Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Karma, Okanagan Valley

Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Lopez Island Vineyards 2015 Siegerrebe, Puget Sound

Marchesi Vineyards 2014 Achille Barbera, Columbia Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2014 Emma Sangiovese, Columbia Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2015 Valentino Primitivo, Columbia Valley

Marchesi Vineyards 2014 Bric, Columbia Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Tempranillo, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Petiti Verdot, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2011 The One Brut, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2014 Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Twin Vineyards Gewürztraminer, Yakima Valley

Pacific Rim Winemakers 2014 Spring Creek Vineyard Grüner Veltliner, Yakima Valley

Poplar Grove 2013 Syrah, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2015 Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2012 The Legacy Red, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2013 Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley

Poplar Grove 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Primarius 2014 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Red Lily Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo, Rogue Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Gewürztramer, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2014 Icewine, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2014 Timnah Bloc Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Ross Andrew 2013 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2014 Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2013 Small Lots Two, Okanagan Valley

Shadowland 2014 Riesling, Washington

Shadowland 2013 Red Blend, Washington

Shadowland 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington

Time Estate Winery 2014 White Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Time Estate Winery 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Waterbrook Winery 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Bronze

Abacela 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Backyard Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2013 Nosey Neighbour Red, British Columbia

Backyard Winery 2015 Nosey Neighbour White, British Columbia

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Athene, Okanagan Valley

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Calona Vineyards 2014 Artist Series Bordeaux Blend, Okanagan Valley

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 The Expedition Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills

Charles & Charles 2014 Red Blend, Columbia Valley

Church & State Wines 2012 Quintessential, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley

Church & State Wines 2011 Quintessential, Okanagan Valley

Columbia Crest 2013 Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills

Columbia Winery 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Columbia Winery NV Composition, Columbia Valley

Conviction Wines 2015 The Financier Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2014 Viognier, Walla Walla Valley

Desert Wind Winery 2014 Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Duck Pond Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 White Gold, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 Meritage, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 Chardonnay, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 Pinot Noir, British Columbia

Fort Berens Estate Winey 2014 Cabernet Franc, British Columbia

Gravel Bar 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Hedgeline 2015 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Merlot, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2013 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Semillon, Okanagan Valley

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley

Lopez Island Vineyards 2014 Madeleine Angevine, Puget Sound

McWatters Collection 2012 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Monster Vineyards 2015 Rosie, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Border Vines, Okanagan Valley

Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2013 Meritage, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2013 Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2014 Mingle, Okanagan Valley

Pino 2015 Rosé, Oregon

Pino 2013 Pinot Noir, Oregon

Poplar Grove 2015 Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Raven 2014 Deep Dark Red, Okanagan Valley

Red Lily Vineyards 2013 Life of Riley Tempranillo, Applegate Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 The Coop Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley

Red Rooster Winery 2015 Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2013 Small Lots Barbera, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2013 Small Lots Three, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2015 Rosé, Okanagan Valley

Sandhill Estate Vineyard 2013 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots Malbec, Okanagan Valley

Shadowland 2014 Merlot, Washington

Thorswell 2014 Spouting Horn, Oregon

Waterbrook Winery 2013 Reserve Malbec, Columbia Valley

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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