The 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards
The results of the 2018 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards are in, and we are pleased to announce that Monte Creek Ranch Winery took home a medal!
In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership in recognizing the best of British Columbia wines with the creation of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.
The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards replaced the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the B.C. Wine Awards. The new competition is open to all licensed wineries in British Columbia, including fruit wines and mead.
An elite panel of judges tasted over 700 wines, awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum medals, before choosing the Lieutenant Governor’s Wine of the Year.
We are proud to announce that our 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve won Gold!
The vision for this Pinot Noir was to nurture a true British Columbian representation of this elegant grape. We used French oak barrels to age this beauty to create a distinctive wine. Sweet floral notes greet you as you open the bottle and take your first inhale. Its medium body and smooth tannins give way to bright acidity and flavours of baked blueberries, strawberry preserves, cola, and toasted walnuts. The silky presence in the palate allows this wine to drink well now. The structured tannin promises graceful aging through 2028 and beyond. Enjoy with salmon, mushroom dishes, roast duck breast or pink peppercorn steak.
The 2016 vintage started with our earliest budbreak yet, with most varieties budding out in early April. A warm spring had us thinking that we would begin harvesting as early as the beginning of August, but a rainy June and July brought things closer to normal (if there is such a thing). Harvest still began two weeks early, on August 22nd, but was a long and extended one as we didn’t finish bringing in our last fruit until October 28th. Milder temperatures during the heat of summer allowed us to have more gradual ripening than in 2015. This allowed the grapes to accumulate intense flavour without sugars skyrocketing. The result is flavour packed wines that show elegance and moderate alcohol.