Welcome to the 2017 British Columbia Best of Varietal Awards sponsored by Grant Thornton, Farm Credit Canada, TricorBraun and ContainerWorld. This competition recognizes the top British Columbia Varietal wines across different categories. Experienced and certified wine judges from the trade will select the best wine in each varietal category and award gold and silver medals to the other winners. The British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Competition features a unique judging process that allows each panel of judges to evaluate all of the wines in any given category allowing a direct comparison for selecting the best wines.

 

Hear from last year's Wine of the Year Winner, Andy Gebert from St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery "The Truth is in the Glass".

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Rules & Regulations

Eligibility Requirements for Entry

  1. Must be a winery licensed to operate within the Province of British Columbia.
  2. The wine is labeled, bottled and has a UPC number.
  3. Wines must have an inventory of 25 cases at the time of entry and 2 cases at the start of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.
  4. Wines entered must be made from 100% British Columbia grown grapes or 100% British Columbia grown fruit.
  5. There are no restrictions on the vintage that can be entered.
  6. Previous Best of Varietal award winning wines of the same vintage may not be entered.

Judges

2017 Judges

Dennis Dwernychuk - BC Liquor Stores
Chef Mark Filatow - Waterfront Wines
Martin Lewis - Bad Tattoo Brewing
Audrey Surrao - RauDZ Regional Table
Matt Wentzell - Experience Wine Tours
Jeannette Montgomery - Wine Writer
Julianna Hayes - BC Vine Living
Shanyn Ward - Cask & Barrel
John Schreiner - Author & Wine Critic
Chef Grant de Mountreuil - The Savoy, Nelson
Jason Guyitt - Delta Grand Okanagan
Shelley Boettcher - Uncorked!
Blaine Oaten - Watermark Beach Resort
Samantha Rahn - Araxi
Troy Townsin - CBC Radio
Erika Steffanson - Okanagan College

New This Year

We are taking the opportunity to recognize more outstanding wines at various price points. In large categories, varietal awards may be differentiated by price point. Price points are defined as Over and Under $20 for White Wines, and Over and Under $25 for Red Wines.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Entries Close: April 3rd, 2017
Delivery to ContainerWorld*: March 29th - April 12th, 2017
Judging: April 21st, 2017

*Please see your region's delivery dates below

Delivery Details

INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WINERIES:

  • THREE (3) BOTTLES OF EACH WINE ENTERED MUST BE DELIVERED TO CONTAINERWORLD'S KELOWNA WAREHOUSE: 333 PENNO ROAD, KELOWNA, V1X 7W5 BETWEEN APRIL 3RD AND APRIL 14TH.  ONCE ENTERED, PLEASE CONTACT CONTAINERWORLD AT 250-491-9316 TO CONFIRM YOUR DELIVERY DATE.
  • EVERY ENTRY MUST BE BOXED AND LABELED ON AT LEAST TWO SIDES "BEST OF VARIETAL AWARDS"
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DELIVER THE WINE DURING THESE DELIVERY DATES, YOU MUST CONTACT MARJORIE KING AT MARJORIE@THEWINEFESTIVALS.COM BEFORE APRIL 3RD.

VANCOUVER LOWER MAINLAND WINERIES:

  • THREE (3) BOTTLES OF EACH WINE ENTERED MUST BE DELIVERED TO CONTAINERWORLD'S RICHMOND WAREHOUSE: MAIN RECEPTION - 16133 BLUNDELL ROAD, RICHMOND, BC V6W 0A3 BETWEEN APRIL 3RD AND APRIL 12TH.  ONCE ENTERED, PLEASE CONTACT CONTAINERWORLD AT 604-276-1300 TO CONFIRM YOUR DELIVERY DATE.
  • EVERY ENTRY MUST BE BOXED AND LABELED ON AT LEAST TWO SIDES "BEST OF VARIETAL AWARDS"
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DELIVER THE WINE DURING THESE DELIVERY DATES, YOU MUST CONTACT MARJORIE KING AT MARJORIE@THEWINEFESTIVALS.COM BEFORE APRIL 3RD.

VANCOUVER ISLAND WINERIES:

  • THREE (3) BOTTLES OF EACH WINE ENTERED MUST BE DELIVERED TO CONTAINERWORLD'S VANCOUVER ISLAND AGENT, PACRIM'S VICTORIA WAREHOUSE: 1031 DUNFORD AVE, VICTORIA, BC V9B 2S4 BETWEEN MARCH 29TH TO APRIL 5TH.  ONCE ENTERED, PLEASE CONTACT CONTAINERWORLD AT 250-385-7735 TO CONFIRM YOUR DELIVERY DATE.
  • EVERY ENTRY MUST BE BOXED AND LABELED ON AT LEAST TWO SIDES "BEST OF VARIETAL AWARDS"
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DELIVER THE WINE DURING THESE DELIVERY DATES, YOU MUST CONTACT MARJORIE KING AT MARJORIE@THEWINEFESTIVALS.COM BEFORE MARCH 29TH.

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