THE WINES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA STAND UP TO THE WORLD AT THE SECOND ANNUAL JUDGMENT OF BC WINE TASTING

Steven Spurrier

SUMMERLAND, BC - The Wines of British Columbia were put to the ultimate test at the second annual Judgment of BC on Tuesday, June 21, pitting 12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. We are proud to announce BC's CedarCreek Platinum Block 3 Riesling 2014 from the Okanagan Valley placed second closely behind Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2013 from the Mosel Valley, Germany which came first in the Riesling flight. Bouchard Père Premier Cru Beaune Clos de la Mousse Monopole 2012 from Burgundy, France came out on top for the flight of Pinot Noir, with BC placing fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.
 
Hosted by the BC Wine Institute, and curated by celebrated Vancouver wine educator and writer DJ Kearney, the Judgment of BC second edition event took place yesterday in Summerland, during which 31 international and national wine judges tasted and ranked 24 wines.
 
The event was a blind tasting of 12 Pinot Noir wines and 12 Rieslings; 6 were from BC and 6 were international benchmarks. Acclaimed British wine critic Dr. Jamie Goode, and American wine writer Elaine Chukan-Brown currently the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com and a contributing writer for Wine & Spirits, scored the wines along with 29 expert Canadian wine judges including Anthony Gismondi, Rhys Pender MW, Marcus Ansems MW, Barbara Philip MW,John Szabo MS, David Lawrason, Brad Royale, Craig Pinhey, Treve Ring and Kurtis Kolt, to name a few.
 
"I am so pleased with the results. This is not about win or lose, good or better. This is about putting BC Wines up against really stiff competition and what great results." noted DJ Kearney curator of the event. "The global wines were all chosen for a reason to challenge, to push, and to help us realize that we are in great company. This should be a tough competitive set, and it was. It had to be. And BC did well. What this shows is that we can hold our own among acknowledged classics."
 
"What was really interesting when I tasted through those 12 wines blind, I couldn't pick out the BC Wines which tells me they belong in their peer group which is a ringing endorsement for BC Wine that we're on the right track," noted Dr. Jamie Goode. "I think BC Riesling really put in a strong performance. The key aspect was the purity and beautifully integrated acidity in these wines. I thought it was a well chosen set of wines, if I saw the lineup before tasting, I wouldn't have expected to see the BC Wines do so well. I was pleasantly surprised with the results."
 
"I was pleased we were doing a tasting with Pinot Noir and Riesling, they are two varieties that BC is doing very well and they should be celebrated." said Sid Cross. "I thought the results were very pleasing to see BC Pinot Noir right in the midst of the pack. The top three Pinot Noirs are classic wines from the top recognized regions in the world for Pinot Noir, a Premium Cru from Burgundy, Oregon and Central Otago. To come in right behind those wines shows that BC is right there for Pinot Noir. Very impressive."
 
"BC showed very well. I was more interested in being able to identify BC characteristics within the wines. I was able to pick out five of the six Pinot Noirs and four of the six BC Rieslings. It had to do with the energy of the wines. The bright fruit energy presence. Not so much elegance, finesse and depth, more that upbeat intensity. And my first place Pinot Noir was a BC!" remarked David Lawrason.
 
"It was an absolute honour to have the 29 top paletes from across Canada including the Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada judging panel, acclaimed BC wine critics and our international judges participate in this monumental event for the BC Wine Industry. The excitement and energy from this group was inspiring especially the remarks on the calibre of wines included in the tasting. To see BC Wines do so well amongst these classic benchmarks is enormously rewarding for our industry." noted Maggie Anderson marketing director of the BC Wine Institute. 
 
Hosted last year in Vancouver for the first time in honour of Steven Spurrier's inaugural visit to British Columbia, the goal of this tasting is to honestly assess the current state of grapegrowing and winemaking in BC in order to provide a clear perspective of the distinct characteristics of British Columbia wine in relation to global standards, and to achieve a focused vision for the continued evolution of the BC Wine Industry.
 
"Someone told me a few years ago what a new wine region needs are focus and confidence. That's what is next for BC, confidence. And aren't we looking confident." said Kearney.
 

RIESLING RESULTS ORDER

1. Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2013 Mosel Valley, Germany 9% |$42.99

2. CedarCreek Platinum Block 3 Riesling 2014 BC VQA Okanagan Valley, BC 12.2% $22.99

3. Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling 2013 BC VQA Okanagan Falls, BC 13.3% | $20

4. Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling 2013 Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State 12% | $29.49

5. Leeuwin Art Series Riesling 2012 Margaret River, Australia 12% | $42.49

6. Synchromesh Storm Haven Vineyard Riesling 2015 Okanagan Falls, BC 8.9% $35

7. Culmina Decora Riesling 2015 BC VQA Okanagan Valley, BC 13.5% $26.99

8. Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2014 South Australia 12% | $19.99

9. Robert Weil Kiedricher Riesling Trocken 2012 Rheingau, Germany 11.5% $47.99

10. Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2013 BC VQA Okanagan Valley, BC 13.1% $30.35

11. Orofino Hendsbee Vineyard Riesling 2013 BC VQA | Similkameen Valley, BC 12% $22

12. Trimbach Riesling 2012 Alsace, France 12.5% $35.99

 

PINOT NOIR RESULT ORDER

1.    Bouchard Père Premier Cru Beaune Clos de la Mousse Monopole 2012 Burgundy, France |13% $66.99

2.    Bachelder Oregon Pinot Noir 2012 Willamette Valley AVA Oregon, USA 14% $49.99

3.    Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014 | Central Otago, New Zealand 14% | $67.99

4.   Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2014 BC VQA Summerland, Okanagan Valley, BC 13% |$39.90

5.    Meyer Family Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 BC VQA | Okanagan Valley, BC 13.5% | $40

6.    Quails' Gate Richard's Block Pinot Noir 2013 BC VQA Okanagan Valley, BC 14% | $55.17

7.    Blue Mountain Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 BC VQA | Okanagan Falls, BC 12.5% $39.90

8.    Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2012 | Burgundy, France 13% | $65.99

8.  JoieFarm Reserve En Famille Pinot Noir 2012 BC VQA | Naramata, Okanagan Valley, BC 13.6% |$29.90

10. BK Wines Skin n'Bones Pinot Noir 2013 Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 12.5% |$39.99

11. Moraine Pinot Noir 2013 BC VQA | Naramata, Okanagan Valley, BC 13.1% $28.90

12. Meomi Pinot Noir 2014 California, USA 13.7% $25.99

 

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL JUDGES:

Alistair Veen
Anthony Gismondi
Barbara Philip MW
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Bill Zacharkiw
Brad Royale
Brent Muller
Craig Pinhey
Daenna Van Mulligan
David Lawrason
Dr. Jamie Goode
Dr. Janet Dorozynski
Elaine Chukan Brown
Iain Philip
John Szabo MS
Kurtis Kolt
Marcus Ansems MW
Mark Filatow
Michael Godel
Michaela Morris
Michelle Bouffard
Rhys Pender MW
Sara d'Amato
Sebastien Le Goff
Sharon McLean
Sid Cross
Steve Thurlow
Tim Pawsey
Treve Ring