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Oxley, North 42 Degrees Win Best Local Wines Of The Year

Saturday August 2nd, 2014, 11:00am

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The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is gearing up for its tenth festival season and two local wineries have landed their wines as the best red and white.

The 2014 Shores of Erie Wine Awards named Oxley Estate Winery’s 2013 Chardonnay as the best local white wine, and 42 Degrees Estate Winery’s 2012 Pinot Noir as the best local red wine. The wines retail for $18.95 and $22.95, respectively.

The competition had entries from 11 different local wineries.

Wines were judged by the Wine Judges of Canada using a double blind system and awards were granted based on standards defined for Gold, Silver and Bronze in each submission wine category.

There were also two double gold’s: the Pinot Noir from North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and the Syrah from Mastronardi Estate Winery, a feat attained by a score of 90 points or greater from all judges.

Viewpointe Estate Winery was named Winery of the Year, based on average of top 4 scores.

“The Lake Erie North Shore wine region continues to show improvement in not only the variety of wine being made but more importantly the quality of wine being made,” said Wine Judges chairman Steve Gunning. “I am impressed by the ripeness and fruit forwardness of these wines and by how well some of the younger wines are drinking.”

“It is clear the winemakers in the LENS region are continuing to improve their skills as this region evolves.”

The Shores of Erie Wine Festival takes place from September 4th to the 7th. Tickets are still available online at http://www.soewinefestival.com/the-festival/tickets/

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