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2012 Gold

A record 52 wines brought home gold medals from the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition held at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The winners were selected from a lineup of more than 1,200 wines from 17 countries by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers.

"In a competition where nearly 50 percent of the entries didn't reach the podium, winning an InterVin gold medal isn't an easy feat," explains Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. "Our judges looked for wines that showcased outstanding character and complexity with impeccable integration and harmony."

Judges included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Lindsay Groves and Lorie O'Sullivan, respected wine writers Rod Phillips and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Darryl Brooker and David Paterson.

Our panel of experts saved their highest scores for Southbrook Vineyards Framboise (best sweet wine and top-scoring overall), Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2010 Syrah (best red wine) and Niagara College Teaching Winery 2010 Dean's List Chardonnay (best white). Those stellar selections led a list of 657 award winners that includes 52 gold, 159 silver and 446 bronze medallists. In addition, 27 top-scoring wines that retail for less than $15 also received a Judges' Choice for Value citation.

2012 InterVin International Wine Awards

Gold Medallists
Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon
Kacaba Vineyards 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc Canada
Southbrook Vineyards 2009 Whimsy! Renewed Vows Cabernet Franc Estate Bottled Canada
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2009 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc Canada
Nk'Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon Canada
Southbrook Vineyards 2010 Whimsy! Lot A Cabernet Sauvignon Canada
Southbrook Vineyards 2010 Whimsy! Lot I Cabernet Sauvignon Canada
Stags' Leap Winery 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon United States
Viña y Cava Valle Secreto 2009 First Edition Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

Niagara College Teaching Winery 2010 Dean's List Chardonnay Canada
Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard 2008 Cuvée L Chardonnay Unfiltered Canada

Fortified/Fruit Wine

Karlo Estates 2011 Van Alstine White Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Framboise Canada

Alsace Willm 2010 Reserve Gewurztraminer France
Konzelmann Estate Winery 2010 Winemaster's Collection Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Canada

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Peller Estates Winery Okanagan 2011 Family Series Pinot Gris Canada
Therapy Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris Canada

Pinot Noir
Chateau St. Jean 2009 Sonoma Pinot Noir United States
Nk'Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir Canada
Rennie Estate Winery 2010 Paradox Pinot Noir Canada
Trius Winery at Hillebrand Showcase Clark Farm 2010 Pinot Noir Canada

Red Blends
19 Crimes 2010 Shiraz Durif Australia
Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus Canada
Konzelmann Estate Winery 2010 Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot Canada
Lailey Vineyard Winery 2010 Impromptu Canada
Mission Hill Family Estate 2009 Quatrain Canada
River Stone Estate Winery 2009 Corner Stone Canada
Wolf Blass 2009 Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet Australia
Zenato 2009 Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore Italy

Other Reds
Aviva Vino Bodegas Terra Sigilata 2010 Filón Garnacha Spain
Aviva Vino Dominio Mano A Mano, S.L. 2009 Ribota Tempranillo Spain
Azienda Agricola Masciarelli Marina Cvetic 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Italy
Boroli 2006 Barolo Italy
Casale dello Sparviero 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva Italy
Cassini Cellars 2008 Nobilus Merlot Canada
Gauchezco Vineyard & Winery 2008 Malbec Oro Argentina
Moon Curser Vineyards 2010 Malbec Canada

Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2009 Speck Family Reserve Riesling Canada
Rosewood Estates Winery 2010 Natalie's Süssreserve Riesling Canada
Tawse Winery 2010 Sketches Riesling Canada

Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc Blends
Brancott Estate 2011 Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand
Fifth Leg 2011 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Australia
Peller Estates Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake 2011 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Canada

Casa-Dea Estates Winery 2011 Dea's Rosé Sparkling Canada
Henry of Pelham Family Estate NV Cuvée Catharine Brut Canada
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2008 Entourage Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Canada
Piera Martellozzo NV Blu Giovello Prosecco Italy
See Ya Later Ranch NV Brut Canada

Cassini Cellars 2009 Syrah Canada
Henry's Drive Vignerons 2009 Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz Australia
Oliver Twist Estate Winery 2010 Syrah Canada
Riverview Cellars Estate Winery 2010 Syrah Canada
Sandhill Wines 2010 Small Lots Phantom Creek Vineyard Syrah Canada