Best of Varietal and Inaugural Best of Show awarded to Riesling 2017 in Okanagan Wine Festivals
The team at Penticton’s TIME Winery is celebrating today (May 9) and checking stock levels, after capturing the inaugural Best of Show award at the Okanagan Wine Festivals BC Best of Varietal competition.
TIME Winery CEO Harry McWatters and winemakers Graham Pierce and Nadine Allander attended the awards ceremony, and the trio was thrilled when it was announced that TIME Winery won Best of Varietal for the 2017 Riesling, but when the presenters announced that for the first time ever, the competition is awarding a Best of Show, and it was for the same wine, the team was shocked.
“I have been to this festival since its inception,” notes the 51-year industry veteran and CEO of TIME Winery Harry McWatters. “To receive the first Best in Show award is such an honour. I am so proud of our winemaking team of Graham Pierce, Nadine Allander, and Darrien McWatters.”
The 2017 Riesling is nearly sold out, and the team is in the edge of releasing the 2018 vintage. “We are so flattered with the response to our wines,” notes winemaker Graham Pierce. “We are pleased with our house style on the Riesling, and are just blown away that we captured the first-ever Best of Show! And if people like the 2017,” he continues, “I can’t wait to see what people think of the 2018.”
The TIME Winery Riesling offers delicious aromas of lime, lemon zest and stone fruit which are echoed on the palate. Fresh, crisp acidity is perfectly balanced with a mineral streak and natural residual sugar.
The winery is checking inventory levels in other areas, too. In addition to the award for the Riesling, the winery took home a Gold award for the 2018 TIME Rosé.
The winery team also offers a label in the McWatters family name, the McWatters Collection: small batch wines that provide a legacy to the pioneering BC wine family. Judges awarded a Silver medal to the 2017 McWatters Chardonnay.
Accolades for the Whole Family
The sister winery to TIME Winery is Summerland’s Evolve Cellars (as the two wineries share ownership and a winemaking team). The talent of the team remains apparent as Evolve Cellars won at the competition too, with a Gold for the 2018 Evolve Ehrenfelser, and Silver medals for both the 2017 Evolve Riesling and 2017 Evolve Pink Effervescence.
To order these wines its best to go online or call TIME Winery at 236-422-2556 and Evolve Cellars at 250-494-8828.
Trade orders are to contact the Drinks List – call 604-630-3076 or Toll Free 1-888-630-3076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About TIME Winery:
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, TIME Winery & Kitchen offers a tasting bar, lounge and intimate outdoor patio for guests to enjoy. This is the latest innovation from BC wine industry pioneer Harry McWatters as he continues to define the next generation of BC wine and winemaking. The wines are made by renowned BC winemaker Graham Pierce, supported by winemaker Nadine Allander. Together they are committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country. Learn more at timewinery.com