Big Day for BC Wineries!

Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 red blend takes top spot at the fourth annual Judgement of BC at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna on October 24th.

“Winning such a prestigious award validates what we’re doing in the vineyards, at the winery as well as the dedication and purposeful work of the team which supports the entire process,” says Tony Holler, owner of Poplar Grove Winery.

Inspired by the “Judgement of Paris” (1976), this made-in BC variant pits the best of BC against international benchmark wines.  Blind tastings were performed with judges grading each wine out of 20 points, according to their own criteria. 24 wines were selected, 12 of which were from BC.

The first “Judgment of BC” was hosted in 2015 by the BC Wine Institute in honour of Steven Spurrier’s visit to British Columbia.  Spurrier is the internationally revered British wine expert who organized the so-called “Judgement of Paris” in 1976, which unexpectedly elevated the status of California wine and promoted the expansion of wine production in the New World.

Although the tastings are blind, judges spent four days in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys attending informative masterclasses, regional tastings, industry forums and interactive wine and food pairing experiences.  Here they had the opportunity to learn, taste and celebrate the Wines of British Columbia.

Tony Holler: “Winning this award will bring attention from many angles, resonating strongly with the Canadian consumer who sees a Canadian product on par with some of the best wines in the world.  Prominent awards like this one enhance awareness and interest in the Okanagan Valley, our wineries and their wines”.

Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 is a Bordeaux-inspired blend originating from the following vineyard locations – Osoyoos 65%, Oliver 15%, Penticton 13%, Naramata 7 %.  The blend comprises 44% Cabernet Franc, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot.

DJ Kearney, head judge, wine educator and global wine expert had this to say about the winning 2014 Legacy:

“It has that wonderful crossover character with old-world structure and quality and new-world fruit generosity and weight, and our signature acidity. It is so well made and so well balanced, a worthy winner.”

Adding further credence to the world-class quality of Okanagan red blends, the #2 spot was claimed by another Naramata Bench winery, Laughing Stock, with their 2015 Portfolio. That’s what we call “Bench-strength”!

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