October 17, 2016

SOLID GOLD: InterVin announces its top-scoring wines
October 17, 2016. Toronto, ON: Forty-eight wines struck gold at the 2016-17 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day blind tasting competition staged in August at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Selected from a pool of more than 1,300 wines from 16 countries by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers, the top-scoring wines of the competition encompass a striking variety of styles.

“The gold medallists from the 2016-17 InterVin International Wine Awards share little in common. They hail from eight different countries, are produced by wineries of varying size and represent a diversity of grape varieties, styles and expressions," explains Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards. “The thing these singular wines do share, however, is our judges' respect and admiration for being truly exceptional.”

InterVin judges included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Ellen Jakobsmeier and James Treadwell and respected wine writers Erin Henderson and Daenna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Derek Barnett and Sue-Ann Staff.

Our panel saved their highest scores for Wolf Blass Platinum Label Medlands Shiraz 2010 (best red), Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny (best in show and best fortified) and Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Steel Post Vineyard Riesling 2014 (best white). That triumphant trio leads a list of 825 award winners, including 222 silver and 555 bronze medallists.

The results, including Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners, a selection of top value wines and a spotlight of the Top 10 Wineries of the Year from the competition, will be formally announced in a special edition of VINES Magazine. A selection of winners will also be featured during the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Nov. 17-20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto. For more information, visit
2016-17 InterVin International Wine Awards
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2013
Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013
Black Hills Estate Winery Syrah 2014
Bottega S.p.A. Petalo Il Vino dell'Amore Moscato
Cassini Cellars Syrah 2011
Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza 2012
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013
Ego Bodegas Goru 2014
Fielding Estate Winery Riesling Estate Bottled 2015
Hester Creek Estate Winery Syrah-Viognier 2014
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Riesling Icewine 2014
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2014
Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Grand Reserve Gewurtzraminer Icewine 2014
John Howard Cellars of Distinction Megalomaniac Bubblehead Rosé
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Reserve Vidal Icewine 2014
Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Merlot 2014
Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine 2015
Painted Rock Estate Winery Syrah 2013
Peller Estates Niagara-on-the-Lake Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Prince Hubert De Polignac Reynac Pineau des Charente
Quails' Gate Estate Winery The Boswell Syrah 2013
Ridgepoint Wines Inc. Riesling Icewine 2011
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Riserva DOCG 2013
Sandhill Wines Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lots Syrah 2014
Sandhill Wines Soon Series Red 2013
Stag's Hollow Winery Renaissance Syrah 2014
Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny
The Hatch Black Swift Vineyards Long Road Syrah 2014
Thirty Bench Wine Makers Benchmark Red 2012
Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Steel Post Vineyard Riesling 2014
Trius Winery Brut Rosé
Trius Winery Showcase Clean Slate Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Trius Winery Showcase Vidal Blanc Icewine 2014
Two Sisters Vineyards Off-Dry Riesling 2014
Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2012
Velenosi Brecciarolo Gold Rosso Piceno DOC Superiore 2014
Veuve Ambal Cremant de Bourgogne Brut          
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Riesling Icewine 2015
Wakefield/Taylors Wines St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Wakefield/Taylors Wines St. Andrews Shiraz 2014
Wakefield/Taylors Wines The Pioneer Shiraz 2013
Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 2012
Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Syrah 2012
Wolf Blass Platinum Label Medlands Shiraz 2010
Yalumba The Strapper GSM 2013

For more information on the InterVin International Wine Awards, please visit
Media Contacts | Event Managers:
Christopher Waters,, 1.866.474.0454, ext. 545330
Jessica MacDougall, , 1.866.414.0454, ext 545309
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