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Mat Wilcox
 
August 28, 2018 | Mat Wilcox

NEWS RELEASE - National Wine Awards

WINEALIGN ADDS TO TIGHTROPE'S MEDAL CASE
BY: MAT WILCOX

(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.

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Time Posted: Aug 28, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Andy Perdue
 
November 17, 2017 | Andy Perdue

The Northwest Top 50 wines

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.

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Andy Perdue
 
November 10, 2017 | Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue tries something new: the Top 50 Northwest Wines under $30

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.

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Tightrope Winery
 
November 5, 2017 | Tightrope Winery

2017 BCWA Results

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

Full list of award winners:

Andy Perdue
 
May 26, 2017 | Andy Perdue

BC's Tightrope Winery finds a Balance of Power

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.

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Time Posted: May 26, 2017 at 2:24 PM
Tightrope Winery
 
December 9, 2016 | Tightrope Winery

The Seattle Times 2016 Top 50 Regional Wines

From the thousands of contenders he tasted this year he ranks the standouts, many of which sell for less than $30 a bottle - November 11, 2016

By: Andy Perdue

THROUGH THE COURSE of 2016, I’ve tasted thousands of wines from throughout the Pacific Northwest (and around the globe, for that matter).

Knowing I’ll be producing this year-end list, I think about wines that really stand out. I tasted the No. 4 and 5 wines on this year’s list in the first quarter, and each stood out in my mind for the entire year, both for their clarity as well as purity of fruit.

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Tightrope Winery
 
October 6, 2016 | Tightrope Winery

2016 Great Northwest Invitational Competition

The judging, held at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, began Wednesday and concluded Thursday afternoon. The Invite, as it’s known, is unique in the United States, as it is the only wine judging in the country in which the judges nominate the wines they want to have judged. - October 6, 2016

By: Great Northwest Wine

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Time Posted: Oct 6, 2016 at 3:52 PM
Tightrope Winery
 
July 14, 2016 | Tightrope Winery

2016 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada

This is the 16th Anniversay of the Awards. And the status of the year's judging is record-breaking. Over 1500 wines were entered from 230  wineries, a testament to the growing number of wineries in the country, and the faith in these awards as being a way to showcase and benchmark our wines. - July 16, 2016

Results of the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada

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Time Posted: Jul 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM
Tightrope Winery
 
March 16, 2016 | Tightrope Winery

2016 Cascadia Wine Competition

Our highlights include: Tightrope Winery in Naramata, B.C., won six gold medals. The winery also won six gold medals in last year’s competition. - March 16, 2017

By: Great Northwest wine

“Wow, 2015 was not an easy year for making white wines,” Palencia told Great Northwest Wine. “This award speaks to the quality of the vineyards.”

Palencia used grapes from Spanish Castle and Evergreen Vineyard, both owned by the Milbrandt brothers. Ryan Flanagan is the vineyard manager for both.

Albariño is a relatively obscure grape from the Galicia region of northwestern Spain. It is known for its clean flavors and, thanks to naturally bright acidity, it pairs beautifully with food. Palencia said he enjoys pairing Albariño with such foods as shellfish, ceviche and a variety of Mexican foods.

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Time Posted: Mar 16, 2016 at 3:28 PM