TORONTO — Niagara is well represented in this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines.
The 2014 recipients were announced on Friday, with 11 wines picking up top honours for attaining a level of excellence. The winners were selected from the 275 different wines submitted by 77 VQA Ontario wineries. Of those 11 wines, all but one are from Niagara: Peller Estates, Private Reserve Vintage Gamay Noir 2012 (Niagara-on-the-Lake); Trius Winery, Showcase Ghost Creek Riesling 2013 and Trius Brut NV (Niagara-on-the-Lake); Tawse Winery, Robyn’s Block Chardonnay 2011 and Carly’s Block Riesling 2012 (Vineland); Ravine Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2010 (Niagara-on-the-Lake); Big Head Wines, Syrah 2012 (Beamsville); Malivoire Wine Company, Stouck Meritage 2011 (Beamsville); Inniskillin, Discovery Series Botrytis Affected Viognier 2013 (Niagara-on-the-Lake); Domaine Queylus, Pinot Noir Tradition 2011 (West Lincoln).
The other wine to be recognized is the 2012 Cab Frank from Turkey Point-based Burning Kiln Winery.
Lt.-Gov. David C. Onley will present the awards at a ceremony and wine-tasting reception in the vice-regal suite at Queen’s Park on July 9 in the presence of members of the Toronto-based consular corps.
This marks the fourth year the Lieutenant Governor has handed out Awards for Excellence in Ontario Wines.