These 21 Local Essex County Wines Won Big At Canada-wide Competition

Saturday May 30th, 2015

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Local wineries were big winners at the the All Canadian Wine Championships this week.

Essex County and Chatham-Kent wineries brought home 21 medals from the event, which organizers say is Canada’s oldest wine competition.

The competition had 1356 entries from 237 wineries, meaderies and cideries across Canada and was critiqued by a panel of 19 judges over three full days in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

The final medal tally for local wineries was 7 Gold, 8 Silver, and 6 bronze for a total of 21 from 10 different wineries.

“We have made some great strides in building a brand for our Wine Country and bringing awareness to the quality of our wines and the beauty of our Region,” said Essex Pelee Island Coast Winegrower’s Association President Steve Mitchell. “These recent awards represent the progress that our local industry has made in being recognized as an established grape growing region in Ontario”.

The winning wines were:

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery took home a gold medal for their 2013 Riesling in the Riesling Off Dry category, along with another gold for their 2013 POSH Cuvê in the White Vitus Vinifera Blends category. (photo from their website)

Colio Estate Wines brought home a bronze medal for its non-vintage Lily Sparkling in the competition’s Sparkling Wine category.

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards won a silver for their 2010 Cabernet Merlot Reserve in the Bordeaux Blends Under $25 category. (photo from their website)

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Early Acres Estate Winery in Chatham was the biggest winner with three gold medals and two bronze medals. Early Acres won gold for their 2013 Swirl It in the White Hybrid Blends category, for their 2009 Dark Quarters in the Red Hybrid Blends category and for their 2013 Sweet Nothing in the Grape Fortifieds & Other Dessert category. They also took home a bronze medal for 2013 Worth The Wait in the Riesling Off Dry category, and 2010 Red Affair in the Red Hybrid Blends category.

Mastronardi Estate Winery won a gold for their 2013 Chardonnay in the Chardonnay Under $20 category.

Mastronardi Estate Winery won a gold for their 2013 Chardonnay in the Chardonnay Under $20 category.

Black Bear Farms Estate Winery took home a gold medal for their 2010 Black Currant in the Soft Fruit Off Dry category.

Muscedere Vineyards won a silver for their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Cabernet Sauvignon Over $25, along with a bronze in the Baco Noir category for their 2011 Baco Noir.

Oxley Estate Winery won two silver medals. One for their 2013 Ripper Red in the Red Hybrid Blends category and another for their 2013 Pinot Noir in the Pinot Noir Under $25 category.

Pelee Island Winery was a big winner with four medals: a gold for their 2013 Baco Noir Reserve, 2013 Blanc De Blanc, another silver for their 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve and a bronze for their 2012 Vinedressers Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot.

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery won a silver for their 2013 Lady in Red in the Bordeaux Blends Under $25 category, another silver for their 2014 Riesling in the Riesling Off Dry category and a bronze for their 2012 Meritage in the Bordeaux Blends Under $25 category.

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