Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. – After a three-day intensive competition, judges announced the winners of the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards.
The best value award went to wines, which retail for $15 or less, that received high scores from InterVin judges who ranked them as silver or gold medal winners.
The 26 selections, including four that are priced at under $12 per bottle, hailed from all corners of the globe, including strong representation from Australia, Canada and Spain.
“People always want to know which wines are good and good value,” says Christopher Waters, editor of VINES Magazine and head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards.
“Our lineup of red, white, rosé and fruit wines offers a diverse assortment of wines that truly deliver the goods.”
A panel of Canada’s top wine experts tasted more than 1,200 wines from 17 countries during the three-day competition, a record number of entries.
The increase in submissions resulted in the largest judging panel to date for InterVin. The 18-member group included internationally acclaimed sommeliers Lorie O’Sullivan and Sara d’Amato, respected wine writers Rod Phillips and Deanna Van Mulligen and celebrated winemakers Darryl Brooker and Rob Power.
The judges’ selections for Best Value, include:
Aviva Vino 2010 Bodegas Terra Sigilata Filón Garnacha Spain
Boutari 2008 Agiorgitiko Greece
Cantina Clavesana S.C.A. 2011 D’Oh Dolcetto Italy
Casa Montes Bodega & Vinedos 2009 Don Baltazar Cabernet Franc Argentina
d’Arenberg The Stump Jump 2010 Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre Australia
Graffigna 2010 Centenario Reserve Malbec Argentina
ORO Wines 2010 Bodegas Atalaya Laya Spain
Caves du Val de France 2010 Jovly Cabernet Franc Chinon France
Vineland Estates 2010 Kevin O’Leary Wines Cabernet Merlot Canada
Bodega Francois Lurton 2012 Pinot Grigio Argentina
Boekenhoutskloof 2011 The Wolftrap Viognier/Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc South Africa
Boutari 2011 Moschofilero Greece
Grooner 2011 Grüner Veltliner Austria
J. García Carrión 2011 Mayor de Castilla Verdejo Spain
Jacob’s Creek 2010 Barossa Riesling Reserve Australia
Konzelmann Estate Winery 2011 Riesling Canada
Legends Estates Winery 2011 Diva Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Canada
Lindeman’s 2010 Bin 65 Chardonnay Australia
McWilliam’s 2011 JJ McWilliam Pinot Grigio Australia
Mike Weir Wine 2010 Riesling Canada
Mionetto Il Prosecco Italy
Rosewood Estates Winery 2010 Natalie’s Süssreserve Riesling Canada
Strewn 2011 Cottage Block Sauvignon Blanc Riesling Canada
Castello di Gabbiano 2011 Rosé Italy
Cattail Creek Estate Winery Estate 2011 Serendipity Rosé Canada
Casal de Gorchs Fresita Spain