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Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 31, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Thompson Okanagan wines dominated the recent All Canadian Wine Championships, which were held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards were handed out in 51 categories, and the Thompson Okanagan region accounted for 32 double gold winners. That works out to a sparkling 63% of all double gold winners.

A total of 130 wineries across the country entered 805 wines to be judged this year, including 545 from B.C. Eleven people comprised the judging panel.

Two of those 32 double gold winners were Oliver’s Nk’Mip Cellars and Monte Creek Ranch Winery, which were also named the competition’s best red and white wines, respectively.

The Thompson Okanagan’s other 30 double gold recipients, with their category in parentheses, were:

• Thornhaven Estates Winery, Summerland (sparkling wine, frizzante method)
• Deep Roots Winery, Naramata (chardonnay, unoaked)
• CedarCreek Estate Winery, Kelowna (riesling dry)
• Four Shadows Vineyard and Winery, Penticton (chardonnay, $20.01-$30)
• Gehringer Bros. Estate Winery, Oliver (riesling off dry)
• Ruby Blues Winery, Penticton (Gewürztraminer)
• Deep Roots Winery, Naramata (pinot gris style)
• Kismet Estate Winery, Oliver (pinot grigio style)
• Road 13 Vineyards, Oliver (viognier)
• Nk’Mip Cellars, Oliver (other single vitis vinifera whites)
• Celista Estate Winery, Celista (white vitis vinifera blends)
• Black Widow Winery, Penticton (rosé blush and blanc de noir)
• Black Sage Vineyard, Summerland (cabernet sauvignon under $30)
• Moon Curser Vineyards, Osoyoos (cabernet sauvignon over $30)
• Black Sage Vineyard, Summerland (merlot under $30)
• La Frenz Winery, Penticton (pinot noir under $30)
• La Frenz Winery, Penticton (pinot noir over $30)
• Bordertown Vineyards, Osoyoos (cabernet franc over $30)
• Clos du Soleil Winery, Keremeos (Bordeaux blends under $30)
• Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Okanagan Falls (Bordeaux blends over $30)
• Kismet Estate Winery, Oliver (syrah/shiraz under $30)
• Moon Curser Vineyards, Osoyoos (other single red vitis vinifera)
• Maverick Estate Winery, Oliver (other red vitis vinifera blends)
• Forbidden Fruit Winery, Cawston (tree fruit dry)
• La Casa Bianca Winery, Oliver (tree fruit dessert)
• Forbidden Fruit Winery, Cawston (fruit sparkling)
• Gehringer Bros. Estate Winery, Oliver (riesling icewine)
• Gehringer Bros. Estate Winery, Oliver (other icewine)
• Privato Vineyard & Winery, Kamloops (ciders)
• La Frenz Winery, Penticton (grape fortifieds)

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