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May 26, 2010

Windsor and Essex County is award-winning wine country

 

All Canadian Wine Championships a sparkling success

 
 
 
 
Walter Schmoranz (L) of Pelee Island Winery and event organizer Bev Carnahan (R) are pictured at the Annual Wine Tasting Championship's in Windsor, Ontario.
 

Walter Schmoranz (L) of Pelee Island Winery and event organizer Bev Carnahan (R) are pictured at the Annual Wine Tasting Championship's in Windsor, Ontario.

Photograph by: Ben Nelms, The Windsor Star

WINDSOR, Ont. — Some of Canada's best wines come from grapes grown here.

Local winemakers have the national awards prove it, winning 18 medals, as well as bragging rights for their bottles in the recent All Canadian Wine Championships held in Windsor.

Eight of the participating area wineries snagged medals, three of them double gold for both an entry in a wine category and for best of category.

Pelee Island hauled home the biggest batch of medals among area wineries,

winning seven medals with a double gold included. The Black Farms fruit winery, also based in Kingsville, proved a repeat winner from last year, this time with three medals, including a double gold.

"This is the only wine judging competition for the entire country" devoted solely to Canadian wines, said Walter Schmoranz, Pelee Island's president and winemaker.

He's pleased to participate let alone win, and he's especially proud one of his favourite wines, Blanc de Blanc, which won double gold for its category.

He noted it also sells for less than $10.

"It was a shock," William Rondelez, who operates Black Bear Farms with his sister Michelle, said of their win. "It shows we¹re still doing it right," he said.

Less than two years old, the winery continues to impress wine judges, with its fruit wines bringing home 16 medals in all from competitions.

Wineries here show consistent results at the national level, said Bev Carnahan, director of the All Canadian Wine Championships.

The acclaim and awards for area wineries is well deserved, agreed Jim Small, who blogs about wine online for his Essex County Wine Report.

"The quality of wines is really good," he said, adding the competition is considered in the industry as credible.

"It has a cachet or otherwise you just wouldn't see the B.C. wineries here," Small said of the All Canadian Wine Championships.

"This is my first time here, and I¹m absolutely impressed with the quality of wines," said Martin Remillard. A wine sommelier from the Ottawa area, he was one of about 30 judges who participated.

"This is one of the best competitions and it's the best with its focus on Canadian wines," Remillard said.

The crowd seemed to enjoy it, too. More than 900 attended the public reception where they could sniff, sip and sample wines from Canada's west coast to the Maritimes.

The event at the Caboto Club attracted 200 more than last year, and the annual proceeds have grown to $20,000 for Windsor Regional Hospital's foundation.

"I think people are catching on to the uniqueness of the event," said Gisele

Sullens, Windsor Regional's director of public affairs.

Event goers saw cards sprinkled throughout the tables, offering a gentle reminder for next year's celebration, May 19, 2011.

The country's oldest and largest competition devoted solely to Canadian wines, the championships began in 1981 and this year attracted 1,143 entries from 173 wineries in all, Carnahan said.

About two-thirds of the entries came from Ontario and British Columbia wineries, along with entries from Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

To put the this area's medal haul in perspective, wineries here won 18 of about 350 awarded in all for the competition. Read on for the list of local award-winning wineries.

Sidebar #1:

Wines with acclaim. Here are the award-winning wineries. Contact the winery for the availability of their wines.

Aleksander Estate Winery. Silver, Vidal 2008 $10.95; Gold, Baco Noir 2007,

$13.80.

Black Bear Farms Estate Winery. Silver, Golden Plum 2008 $18 Silver; Double

Gold, Elderberry 2008 $18; Bronze, Red Raspberry & Purple Plum 2008, $22.

D'Angelo Estate Winery. Double Gold, Dolce Vita, $20.

Mastronardi Estate Winery. Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $18

Muscedere Vineyards. Bronze, Vidal Blanc 2009, $14.

Pelee Island Winery. Silver, Baco Noir 2008 $10.95; Silver, Cabernet Merlot

2008 $12.95; Gold, Late Harvest Vidal 2008, $11.95; Gold, Chardonnay

Unoaked, $12.95; Double Gold, Blanc de Blanc 2009, $9.95; Bronze, Riesling

Dry 2008, $10.95; Bronze, Cabernet Sauvignon Vinedressers 2008, $24.95.

Sanson Estate Winery. Gold, Syrah 2007, $17.95.

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. Silver, Meritage 2007, $21.95; Bronze,

Riesling 2009, $14.95.

Sidebar #2:

Find the wine and winery

In all there are 14 wineries from Amherstburg to Blenheim. They're on the web and 12 of them also belong to the Southwestern Ontario Vintners Association.

The organization's website http://www.swova.ca lists the member wineries and their

contact information, as well as providing a calendar with event schedules.

Wineries offer an open-house weekend Sip Into Summer June 5-6, with tastings and other special events planned. Contact wineries for information and activities available.

The All Canadian Wine Championships website, http://www.canadianwinetrail.com,

provides more information on the competition as well as the complete list of

award winners.

Sidebar #3

Wine of the year winners from the All Canadian Wine Championships are:

Best Red Wine of the Year. Desert Hill Estate Winery, B.C., 2006 Syrah

Select, $34.90.

Best White Wine of the Year. Lake Breeze Vineyards, B.C., 2009 Pinot Blanc,

$17.90.

Best Sparkling Wine of the Year. Huff Estates Winery, Ontario, 2006 Cuvee

Peter F. Huff, $39.95.

Best Dessert Wine of the Year. Vignoble du Marathonien, Quebec, 2008 Vidal

Vendange Tardives, $28.

Best Fruit Wine of the Year. Applewood Farm Winery, Ontario, Madrigal Meade,

$14.95.

Best Value Wine of the Year. Hernder Estate Winery, Ontario, 2007 Riesling,

$8.95.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Walter Schmoranz (L) of Pelee Island Winery and event organizer Bev Carnahan (R) are pictured at the Annual Wine Tasting Championship's in Windsor, Ontario.
 

Walter Schmoranz (L) of Pelee Island Winery and event organizer Bev Carnahan (R) are pictured at the Annual Wine Tasting Championship's in Windsor, Ontario.

Photograph by: Ben Nelms, The Windsor Star

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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