Wednesday, October 15, 2008

BC Wine Lists Wow Judges

A restaurant from the tiny coastal island of Galiano won two gold medals and a bronze in the British Columbia Wine List Competition held during the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.

Atrevida Restaurant, part of the Galiano Inn, took the top honours in the Small Restaurant and Best BC Wines by the Glass category. It also won a bronze in the Best First Time Entry division.

Cobblestones Wine Bar in Naramata, the gold winner in the Best All BC Wine List category, was the Grand Prize Winner of the competition and received a prize package courtesy of EAT Magazine and WestJet, the official airline of the Okanagan Wine Festivals. EAT Magazine is a food and drink publication based out of Victoria and will feature Cobblestones Wine Bar in its winter issue. (http://www.eatmagazine.ca/)

The Best Overall Wine List gold went to Kelowna’s La Bussola.

Eleven restaurants in total from across the province received medals in the competition. There were ninety entries in total, evaluated by a panel of judges - Dennis Dwernychuk, Senior Product Consultant for the Orchard Park Signature Liquor Store in Kelowna; Julianna Hayes, an Okanagan Valley-based wine writer; and Suzanne Mick, co-founder and co-owner of Discover Wines in Kelowna.

Awards were handed out in five different categories. The complete set of winners are:

Best First Time Entry

GOLD
Cin Cin Restaurant (Vancouver)

SILVER
The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino)

BRONZE
Atrevida Restaurant (Galiano Island)


Best Small Restaurant Wine List

GOLD
Atrevida Restaurant (Galiano Island)

SILVER
Haus Uropa Restaurant (Gibsons)

BRONZE
The Mark at the Hotel Grand Pacific (Victoria)


Best BC Wines-by-the-Glass

GOLD

Atrevida Restaurant (Galiano Island)

SILVER
Aurora Bistro (Vancouver)

BRONZE
Hotel Eldorado (Kelowna)


Best Overall Wine List


GOLD

La Bussola (Kelowna)

SILVER
C Restaurant (Vancouver)

BRONZE
Front Street Bar & Bistro (Penticton)


Best All BC Wine List

GOLD
Cobblestones Wine Bar (Naramata)

SILVER
Aurora Bistro (Vancouver)

BRONZE
Front Street Bar & Bistro (Penticton)

The BC Wine List Competition is presented by the BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop in partnership with the British Columbia Restaurant & Foodservices Association and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. This provincial competition, which was founded in 1997, will run biennially, with the BC Wine Label Awards occurring on alternate years. Registration for the 2009 BC Wine Label Awards will begin in August of next year.

The BC Wine Museum and its partners gratefully acknowledge event sponsors EAT Magazine and WestJet and extend their congratulations to all the winners.

For more information on the BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop and its programs, please visit http://www.kelownamuseums.ca/.

2 comments:

das said...

Roland Kruger of Wild Goose Vineyard in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia (our B.C. Winery of the Year), reports this morning that wine grape harvest could begin as soon as next week.He and his brother, winemaker Hagen Kruger, will begin to harvest around Sept. 15. Roland reports that this has been one of the finest growing seasons in recent memory, with perfect weather conditions throughout the valley.
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Bijou Living said...

Thanks for the list! Off to the market I go...