Deep Roots Winery 2014 Syrah wins All Canadian Wine Championships

By on July 1, 2016
Deep Roots Winery on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley earned the Red Wine of the Year award from the All Canadian Wine Championships for its 2014 Syrah.

Deep Roots Winery on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley earned the Red Wine of the Year award at this year’s All Canadian Wine Championships for its 2014 Syrah. (Photo courtesy of Bev Carnahan/All Canadian Wine Championships)

PICTON, Ontario – Deep Roots Winery on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench and Arrowleaf Cellars in Lake Country north of Kelowna took top honors as wines from the Okanagan Valley dominated the 36th annual All Canadian Wine Championships.

Bev Carnahan, director of the event, bills the judging as Canada’s oldest and largest wine competition and reported 1,322 entries, with 807 of those coming from British Columbia. The province received 313 awards during the competition, which handed out medals to just 38 percent of the entrants. Ontario’s wine industry won 127 medals.

Bryan and Debra Hardman launched Deep Roots in 2014, and the fourth-generation farmers received the Best Red trophy with its 2014 Syrah. Deep Roots also merited a double gold for their 2015 Chardonnay and amassed four gold medals with its 2015 Gamay, the 2015 Muscat-led Parentage White, 2015 Pinot Gris and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.

Bench 1775, another winery on the Naramata Bench near Penticton, won a trio of double gold medals as a judging panel unanimously voted each of those wines worthy of a gold medal.

CedarCreek Estate Winery, a historic property overlooking Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, received two double golds and five gold medals, ranging from its 2015 Estate Pinot Gris and 2014 Estate Riesling to the 2013 Platinum Desert Ridge Merlot, 2014 Estate Syrah and 2013 Estate Meritage.

Black Widon Winery, another Naramata Bench property learned that it won two double gold medals – including a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – and four gold medals.

Gold Hill Winery in Oliver, a two-generation family of growers who partner with winemaker Philip Soo, won four gold medals – three of them from Bordeaux red varieties.

Five judges from British Columbia – David Hopgood, Judith Lane, Tim Pawsey, John Schreiner and Troy Townsin – were among the panel of 18 at the competition staged June 7-9 at Waring House Inn in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. There were 34 fewer entries from the 2015 competition.

British Columbia results

Best red/double gold

Deep Roots Winery 2014 Syrah, $34

Best white/double gold

Arrowleaf Cellars 2015 Riesling,$16

Double gold

Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Bliss Icewine $55
Bench 1775 Winery 2014 Whistler Riesling Icewine $55
Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Viognier $25
Black Widow Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon $45
Black Widow Winery 2014 Hourglass $42
Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2014 Quill Red $19
Cassini Cellars 2013 Nobilus Merlot, $30
CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 Small Lot Malbec $50
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Estate Meritage $23
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Estate Merlot $18
Deep Roots Winery 2015 Chardonnay, $22
Forbidden Fruit Winery 2014 Caught Apricot Mistelle $25
Forbidden Fruit Winery 2015 Flaunt Sparkling Plum $20
La Frenz Winery NV Liqueur Muscat $22
Moraine Estate Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, $18
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2014 Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, $35
Robin Ridge Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc $22
Rocky Creek Winery NV Wild Blackberry $20
Ruby Blues Winery 2015 Commune Pinot Gris, $20
Silverside Farm & Winery 2015 Tayberry Wine $20
SpierHead 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvee $35
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2013 Syrah $25
Stoneboat Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir $25
SummerGate Winery 2015 Riesling, $23
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Mystic River Pinot Blanc $17

Gold

Arrowleaf Cellars 2015 Snow Tropics $16
Backyard Vineyards 2015 Rosé $18
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery 2013 Pinot Noir $25
Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery 2014 Leon Millot $22
Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Semillon $25
Black Widow Winery 2014 Phobia $27
Black Widow Winery 2014 Syrah $36
Black Widow Winery 2015 Muscat $25
Black Widow Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, $21
Blue Grouse Estate Winery 2014 Quill Pinot Noir $24
Cassini Cellars 2011 The Godfather $70
Cassini Cellars 2013 Cabernet Franc $33
Cassini Cellars 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, $25
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Platinum Desert Ridge Merlot $36
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014 Estate Riesling, $15
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014 Estate Syrah $22
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Gris, $18
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2015 Estate Rosé $17
Church and State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Cabernet Sauvignon $35
Church and State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Merlot $35
Church and State Wines 2015 Lost Inhibitions White $20
Daydreamer Wines 2015 Riesling, $20
Deep Roots Winery 2015 Gamay $24
Deep Roots Winery 2015 Parentage White $22
Deep Roots Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, $19
Deep Roots Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $22
8th Generation Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir $21
8th Generation Vineyard 2015 Riesling, $18Evolve Cellars 2014 Cabernet Merlot $19
50th Parallel Estate 2014 Chardonnay, $32
50th Parallel Estate 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé $19
1st R.O.W. Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon $21
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Signature Riesling Icewine $42
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Gewurztraminer/Schonburger $14
Gold Hill 2012 Merlot $25
Gold Hill 2013 Merlot $25
Gold Hill 2014 Cabernet Merlot $20
Gold Hill 2014 Chardonnay, $21
Gray Monk Estate Winery 2013 Odyssey White Brut, $22
Harper’s Trail 2014 Pioneer Block Dry Riesling, $20
Harper’s Trail 2015 Rosé $19
Hillside Winery & Bistro 2015 Muscat Ottonel $25
Indigenous World Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, $16
Kismet Estate Winery 2013 Moksha $28
Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Mantra $27
La Frenz Winery 2015 Knorr Vineyard Semillon $22
La Frenz Winery 2015 Rattlesnake Vineyard Alexandria $22
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Pinot Blanc $19
Lang Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris, $18
Lang Vineyards 2015 Viognier $20
Little Engine Wines 2014 Merlot $35
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard 2014 Lunessence Merlot $28
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard 2015 Pinot Blanc Oranienstainer $22
Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Chardonnay, $27
Maverick Estate Winery 2014 Pinot Gris, $19
Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, $21
Mission Hill Family Estate 2014 Reserve Riesling, $21
Monster Vineyards 2015 Rosé $16
Montakarn Estate Winery 2014 Tippy Toe Unoaked $20
Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Tannat $43
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Border Vines $27
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Dead of Night $43
Mt Boucherie Winery 2012 Family Reserve Pinot Noir $35
Mt Boucherie Winery 2013 Family Reserve Syrah $25
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2012 King’s Ransom Pinot Noir $55
Ovino Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, $16
Ovino Winery 2015 Pinot Tramino $16
Pentâge Winery 2013 Icewine 5 Blend Frizzante Style $50
Perseus 2015 Pinot Blanc $18
Pipe’Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery 2014 Gamay Noir $29
Poplar Grove Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc $35
Poplar Grove Winery 2015 Blanc de Noirs $25
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2014 Chardonnay, $19
Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery 2013 Ridgeport $21
Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris, $22
Red Rooster Winery 2015 Reserve Viognier $22
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Seventy-Four K $25
Robin Ridge Winery 2013 Pinot Noir $21
Ruby Blues Winery 2014 Black Stiletto $30
Sagewood Winery 2014 Merlot Cabernet Franc $21
Sandhill Wines 2014 Sandhill Estate Vineyard Gamay Noir $20
Silverside Farm & Winery 2015 Raspberry Wine $20
Skimmerhorn 2015 Kootenay Crush White $14
SpierHead 2014 Pinot Noir $25
SpierHead 2014 Pinot Noir GFV Saddle Block $28
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2013 Tempranillo $26
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2015 Tragically Vidal $17
The View Winery and Vineyard 2015 Gewürztraminer, $15
Therapy Vineyards 2014 Freud’s Ego $17
Thornhaven Estates Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer $18
Tightrope Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, $21
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $18
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Seven Directions Kalala Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé $28
Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2014 No. 99 Signature Series Pinot Noir $26
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2013 Merlot $18
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Autumn Gold $17

Silver

8th Generation Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay, $19
Anthony Buchanan Wines via Eau Vivre Winery 2014 Pinot Noir $35
Anthony Buchanan Wines via Eau Vivre Winery 2015 Pinot Blanc $22
Arrowleaf Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir $18
Backyard Vineyards 2015 Gewürztraminer, $20
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc $30
Black Widow Winery 2014 Red Back $32
Black Widow Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, $22
Blasted Church Vineyards 2013 Holy Moly $32
Cana Vines 2013 The First Sign $17
Cassini Cellars 2013 Cabernet Merlot $22
Cassini Cellars 2013 Syrah $22
CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Viognier $23
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2013 Estate Pinot Noir $23
Chaberton Estate Winery 2015 Valley Pink $15
Church and State Wines 2013 Coyote Bowl Second Chapter Vineyard Syrah $40
Church and State Wines 2013 Quintessential $45
Church and State Wines 2014 Trebella $22
Ciao Bella Winery 2014 Pinot Nero $20
Clos du Soleil Winery 2015 Fume Blanc, $20
Daydreamer Wines 2015 Pinot Gris, $20
Desert Hills 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay, $16
Desert Hills Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $26
Desert Hills Estate Winery 2015 Gamay $17
Desert Hills Estate Winery 2015 Helena $17
Desert Hills Estate Winery NV Cactus White $12
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2014 Say Yes Pinot Gris, $21
Enrico Winery 2015 Red Dragon $18
Forbidden Fruit Winery 2015 Flirt Sparkling Peach $20
Fort Berens Estate Winery Ltd 2014 Red Gold $45
Gehringer Brothers Wines 2015 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc, $14
Gehringer Brothers Wines 2015 Private Reserve Pinot Gris, $14
Gold Hill 2012 Meritage Family Reserve $35
Gray Monk Estate Winery 2012 Odyssey Rose Brut, $17
Gray Monk Estate Winery 2013 Riesling, $14
Harper’s Trail 2014 Cabernet Franc $30
Hester Creek Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, $17.95
Hillside Winery & Bistro 2014 K White $19
Hillside Winery & Bistro 2015 Gewürztraminer, $22
Indigenous World Winery 2013 Merlot $30
Intrigue Wines 2015 Pinot Gris  $17
Intrigue Wines 2015 Social White $15
Kraze Legz Winery 2013 Skaha Vineyard Merlot $26
Kraze Legz Winery 2015 Skaha Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, $20
La Frenz Winery 2013 Grand Total Reserve $45
La Frenz Winery 2014 Vintage Port $26
La Frenz Winery 2015 Probyn-Eastman Vineyard Viognier $24
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Semillon $19
Lang Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc $22
Lang Vineyards 2015 Bravo White $16
Little Engine Wines 2014 Chardonnay Reserve, $55
Little Engine Wines 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $28
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard 2014 Riesling Icewine $64
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard 2015 Rosé $18
Maan Farms Estate Winery 2015 Strawberry Dessert $27
Maverick Estate Winery 2013 Syrah $32
Montakarn Estate Winery 2013 Tippy Toe Oaked $22
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2014 Ranch Hand Red $30
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2015 Frontenac Gris $14
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2015 Riesling $17
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Carmenere $43
Moon Curser Vineyards 2015 Contraband Series Arneis $26
Moraine Estate Winery 2013 Red Mountain $25
Moraine Estate Winery 2015 Riesling, $20
Mt Boucherie Winery 2012 Family Reserve Summit $28
Orofino Winery 2013 Scout Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $29
Ovino Winery 2015 Momento $16
Pentâge Winery 2014 Pinot Gris $20
Perseus 2014 Merlot $20
Perseus 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $18
Pipe’Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery 2014 Merlot, $29
Privato Vineyard and Winery 2014 Woodward Collection Chardonnay, $26
Red Rooster Winery 2014 The Coop Merlot $14
Robin Ridge Winery 2013 Gamay $25
Ruby Blues Winery 2013 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon $30
Ruby Blues Winery 2014 Late Harvest Chardonnay $35
Sandhill Wines 2013 Small Lot One Phantom Creek Vineyard $35
Skimmerhorn 2014 Devil’s Chair Red $17
St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery 2013 Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir $20
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2014 Renaissance Pinot Noir $35
SummerGate Winery Ltd., 2015 Kerner $23
SummerGate Winery Ltd., 2015 Muscat Ottonel $23
Summerhill Winery 2013 Merlot $25
The Hatch 2012 ‘hatchchild’ $33
The Hatch 2014 Screaming Frenzy Meritage $23
The Hatch 2014 Talking Stories White $17
Tightrope Winery 2014 Pinot Noir $35
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris $18
Tipsy Hill 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $24
Tipsy Hill 2015 Tip Me Over White $17
Unsworth Vineyards 2015 Sauvignette $23
Van Westen Vineyards 2014 Vivacious $20
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Chardonnay Icewine $30
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Rosé $18
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Seven Directions Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé $25
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer, $22
Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2014 No. 99 The Great Red $18
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 God’s Mountain Riesling $17
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2015 Pinot Gris, $16

Bronze

Adega on 45 2013 Merlot $24
Anarchist Mountain Vineyard 2014 Mayhem $35
Arrowleaf Cellars 2013 Merlot $17
Arrowleaf Cellars 2014 Solstice Pinot Noir $27
Arrowleaf Cellars 2015 Gewürztraminer, $16
Backyard Vineyards 2013 Merlot $21
Backyard Vineyards 2013 Syrah $22
Backyard Vineyards 2015 Riesling, $20
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Gris $20
Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery 2012 Ça Beautage $29
Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery 2014 Shiraz $22
Bench 1775 Winery 2013 Pinot Noir $27
Bench 1775 Winery 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $25
Black Widow Winery 2013 Vintage One $23
Black Widow Winery 2015 Oasis $22
Cana Vines 2014 The Wedding Feast $16
CC Jentsch Cellars 2014 Small Lot Viognier$36
CC Jentsch Cellars 2015 Small Lots Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, $36
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014 Estate Chardonnay, $17
Celista Estate Winery 2014 Oak Barrel Foch Reserve  $20
Celista Estate Winery 2015 Marg’s Rosé $20
Chaberton Estate Winery 2015 Reserve Dry Bacchus, Fraser Valley $15
Church and State Wines 2012 Quintessential $55
Church and State Wines 2014 Lost Inhibitions Red $22
Clos du Soleil Winery 2015 Capella Sauvignon Blanc, $27
Covert Farms Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Blanc $23
Daydreamer Wines 2014 Tay $25
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2014 Hush $21
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2014 Madam’s Vines Gewürztraminer, $21
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2014 Not So Naughty Chardonnay, $21
EauVivre Winery & Vineyards 2012 Buddhafull $27
EauVivre Winery & Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc $23
8th Generation Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Merlot $21
Enrico Winery 2015 Tempest $20
Evolve Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, $16
Evolve Cellars 2014 Pinot Blanc $15
Evolve Cellars 2015 Riesling, $17
50th Parallel Estate 2015 Pinot Gris $19
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2015 Classic Riesling, $13
Gold Hill 2013 Meritage Family Reserve $45
Hester Creek Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Blanc $17
Hillside Winery & Bistro 2012 Pinot Noir $25
Intrigue Wines 2015 Frosted Vines $19
Kismet Estate Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon $30
Kismet Estate Winery 2014 Karma $19
Kraze Legz Winery 2015 Skaha Vineyard Pinot Blanc $19
La Frenz Winery 2014 Desperation Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir $23
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Pinot Gris $20
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Rosé $19
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $22
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2015 The Spice Jar $19
Lunessence Winery & Vineyard 2014 Late Harvest Syrah $24
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2014 Cabernet Merlot $18
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Malbec $32
Moon Curser Vineyards 2013 Contraband Series Syrah $32
Moraine Estate Winery 2015 Cliffhanger White $18
Moraine Estate Winery 2015 Pinot Gris $20
Mt. Boucherie Winery 2013 Family Reserve Chardonnay, $25
Peller Estates Winery Okanagan 2015 Family Series Pinot Gris $13
Pipe’Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery 2014 Kerner $29
Pipe’Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery 2014 Zweigelt $32
Poplar Grove Winery 2013 Merlot $30
Poplar Grove Winery 2015 Chardonnay,$22
Poplar Grove Winery 2015 Pinot Gris $20
Privato Vineyard and Winery 2012 Woodward Collection – Grande Reserve Pinot Noir $43
Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2014 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir $39
Red Rooster Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer, $17
Red Rooster Winery 2015 Riesling, $17
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Honest John’s Red $20
Robin Ridge Winery 2013 Chardonnay, $18
Ruby Blues Winery NV Red Stiletto $25
Sagewood Winery 2015 Pinot Gris $16
Sandhill Wines 2013 Small Lot Phantom Creek Vineyard Petit Verdot $30
Sandhill Wines 2015 Hidden Terrace Vineyard Pinot Gris $19
Skimmerhorn 2015 Ortega $14
St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery 2013 Oak Bay Vineyard Gamay Noir $18
Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, $17
Stoneboat Vineyards 2013 Rock Opera $25
Summerhill Winery, NV Cipes Brut, $27
The View Winery and Vineyard 2015 Ehrenfelser $20
The View Winery and Vineyard 2015 White Pinotage $20
Therapy Vineyards 2015 Gewürztraminer, $18
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2012 Oldfield Series Merlot $27
Van Westen Vineyards 2013 Vivre la Vie $30
Van Westen Vineyards 2013 Vulture $40
Van Westen Vineyards 2014 Viognier $25
Vanessa Vineyard Estate Winery Inc., 2012 Syrah $39
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery 2015 Zweigelt Icewine $30
Wayne Gretzky Estates 2014 No.99 Estate Series Chardonnay, $25
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Gewürztraminer, $17
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2014 Stoney Slope Riesling, $17

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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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