Judgement of BC Wraps Up
By: Anthony Gismondi
The Judgement of B.C. wrapped up last week closing out an annual event that has been running for five years, comparing B.C. wines against “benchmark” labels (by price) from around the world. It was never quite best against best but a useful exercise nonetheless to see just where we stand against the competition.
The "Last Judgement of BC": a Watershed Moment
By: Tim Pawsey
I’m pretty sure that Judgment of BC 2019 was one of the largest tastings of its kind ever held in Canada. On October 29th 34 judges sat down at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. We concluded what’s been a worthy exercise for BC wines since the first ‘Judgment’ took place in 2015.
For Immediate Release: The Wines of British Columbia International Recognition at the Final Judgement of BC Wine Tasting
by: BC Wine Institute
PENTICTON, BC - The Wines of British Columbia were put to the ultimate test at the final Judgment of BC on Tuesday, October 29, where special guest and wine expert Steven Spurrier joined 32 top wine professionals from around the world and across the country to take part in a full-day, blind tasting of 24 of BC's celebrated grape varieties; Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah against 16 international benchmarks.
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5th Annual Judgement of BC wines was also the last
by: Chelsea Powrie
The fifth and final Judgment of BC wine competition crowned its winners Tuesday at the Penticton Lakeside resort, and local wines came out on top.
NEWS RELEASE: Great Start to the New Year at Tightrope
BY: Mat Wilcox and Drew Snider
Naramata BC - Not even a month from into 2019, and Tighrope Winery has another honour for its list. The family-owned-and-run operation on the Naramata Bench has received the nod from Robert A. Bell’s Wines of Canada “Wineries to Watch For in 2019”.
WINEALIGN ADDS TO TIGHTROPE'S MEDAL CASE
By: Mat Wilcox and Drew Snider
(Naramata, BC – August 28, 2018) Just six years after its début on the world wine stage, Tightrope Winery of Naramata, BC, is seeing its biggest year yet for international recognition. The most recent honours for the young winery and its owners, Lyndsay and Graham O’Rourke, are seven medals at the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada.
Out of the thousand he tasted in 2017, Andy Perdue picks the best of the bunch.
By: Andy Perdue
Special to the Seattle Times
EACH YEAR, I taste thousands of wines, either as samples that arrive in my office or at competitions in which I participate.
Beginning in January, I taste with this list in mind, seeking out the most interesting offerings from our corner of the wine world. Some of these I tasted early in the year, and they stuck with me as extraordinary, for their clarity, style and purity of fruit.
Our wine expert's annual "best-of" list gets better, with a broader reach and smaller investment.
By: Andy Perdue
Special to the Seattle Times
TWO COMMON COMPLAINTS about my annual lists of Top 50 wines go like this:
1. These wines are too expensive.
2. My favorite wines are missing.
To No. 2, I say: It's time to explore the world of the Pacific Northwest wine beyond your comfort zone.
To No. 1: We offer a new feature: our Top 50 wines under $30.
The wine industry in British Columbia continues to shine, and this year, the judges from across North America have awarded a record number of medals to over 50 different wineries. The following includes the Premier's Award for the Best Wine, Platinum Medals, Gold Medals, Silver Medals, and Bronze Medals. Congratulations to all!
Platinum Medal Winner: Tightrope Winery 2015 Syrah
Bronze Medal Winners: Tightrope Winery 2016 Riesling, 2016 Viognier and 2016 Rose
Former ski bums’ beautiful, fresh wines have amassed 17 gold medals in three years at the Cascadia Wine Competition.
By : Andy Perdue
Special to The Seattle Times
AT ITS CORE, winemaking is a balancing act. Finding the right vineyard; adjusting care of the fruit to the evolving weather; knowing just when to pick to capture all the goodness of the grape; then nurturing the wine until you bottle it, ready to send your creation into the world.
Lyndsay O’Rourke seems to have found all those pieces and put them together with her grape-growing husband, Graham. They are owners of the appropriately named Tightrope Winery on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Together, they are crafting wines of remarkable beauty whose hallmark is fresh fruit with a sense of place and balance.