Thirty-three wines received the Judges’ Award for Best Value at the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day competition conducted last month at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The value citation was bestowed on wines receiving high scores from InterVin judges — ranking as silver or gold medal winners — and retail for $15 or less. The 33 selections, including four that are priced at $10 or under per bottle, hail from all corners of the globe, including strong representation from Australia, Canada and Italy.
“Whether they are casual consumers or collectors, wine lovers want to know about wines that offer exceptional character and excellent value,” says Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “With a record number of selections, this year’s Best Value award winners are bound to attract attention.”
Internationally acclaimed sommeliers Lorie O’Sullivan and Zoltan Szabo, respected wine critics Jamie Drummond and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Craig McDonald and Paul Pender were part of a 16-member judging panel that tasted through more than 1,000 submissions during the competition.
InterVin is a collaboration between VINES Magazine, Canada’s most influential wine magazine, and the producers of the annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto and the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. Competing wines were grouped by varietal or style to ensure each was fairly evaluated alongside its international peers.
Award winners will be featured in a special edition of VINES Magazine, which will be launched in late October. They will also be included in a special report in The National Post in November. Full results will be available online at intervin.ca. 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards Judges’ Selections for Best Value Red Wines Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Blends Barefoot Winery Cabernet Sauvignon United States Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 South Africa McWilliams Winery Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Australia Rosemount Diamond Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2009 Australia Southbrook Vineyards Connect Organic Red 2008 Canada Wineinc Pty Ltd. Wine Men of Gotham Cabernet 2008 Australia Other Red Blends Aya Charming 2008 Portugal Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Rèmole 2009 Italy Ogier Heritages Côtes du Rhône 2009 France Tormaresca Paiara Rosso 2009 Italy Other Reds Castillo de Monseran Old Vines Garnacha 2007 Spain Henry's Drive Vignerons Morse Code Shiraz 2009 Australia Nicosia SpA Fondo Filara Nerello Mascalese 2008 Italy Rigal The Original Malbec 2009 France Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Warren Classic Pinot Noir 2010 Canada White Wines Chardonnay Calona Vineyards Artist Series Chardonnay 2010 Canada Coyote's Run Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 Canada Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Hob Nob Chardonnay 2009 France Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Charlotte's Chardonnay 2010 Canada Riesling Angels Gate Winery Sussreserve Riesling 2009 Canada Henry of Pelham Family Estate Riesling 2008 Canada Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Barefoot Winery Pinot Grigio United States Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2010 Canada Montevina Winery Pinot Grigio 2010 United States Peller Estates Okanagan Family Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada Sauvignon Blanc Legends Estates Winery Diva Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010 Canada Rossendale Wines Cottesbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2011 New Zealand Viña Misiones de Rengo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Chile Other Whites Azienda Agricola Torre Varano Falanghina 2009 Italy Limnos Wines Muscat of Alexandria 2010 Greece Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2010 Canada Southbrook Vineyards Connect White 2010 Canada