HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards.

According to competition organizer Mark DeWolf, national president of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS), “it was another stellar performance by local vintners. The bar year in and year out continues to be raised. At the top end our best wines are reaching quality levels on par with the best in the country, and in the case of Traditional Method sparkling wines the equal of some of the world’s best.”

The annual awards hosted by CAPS Atlantic brings together several of the region’s top sommeliers and other wine experts to judge the wines in a blind format. Judges are given only basic information, including the varietal (grape) used to make the wines, the vintage and in the case of Tidal Bay the parameters of the style.

According to DeWolf, “Traditional Method sparkling wines continue to prove to be the province’s best wines, but Riesling and Tidal Bay also were top candidates. Red wines, while not receiving the top scores, were strong with the quality of production this year very high. I was glad to see a red wine from New Brunswick achieve a top score, as it proves quality wine production is possible throughout the Maritimes. We also can’t forget fruit wines. We had some very solid results from the likes of Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick and Lunenburg County Winery in the South Shore.”

Instead of awarding multiple awards in each category, the Atlantic Wine Awards only recognizes the top wine in each, making the award of Best of Class a truly prestigious title. The Annapolis Valley’s Lightfoot & Wolfville, which practices organic and biodynamic viticulture, took home the title of Winery of the Year for the third consecutive year. Joining them on the top of the podium for title of Wine of the Year was Blomidon Estate. A unanimous decision by the judging panel bestowed the competition’s top award of Wine of the Year and Best of Class Traditional Method Sparkling Wine to both the 2014 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blanc Brut and the 2011 Blomidon Estate Brut Reserve. Both wines are crafted from 100 per cent Chardonnay, made using the traditional method, and aged on their lees for years. DeWolf describes Nova Scotia Traditional Method sparkling wines “as having an enviable ability to delivery vibrant fruit flavours, back-end richness and a certain nerve and verve that is almost unparalleled in the sparkling wine world. Year in and year out these wines show themselves as our province’s best.”

 

Top Awards:

Winery of the Year - Lightfoot & Wolfville

Wine of the Year (tie) - 2014 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (tie)

Wine of the Year (tie) - 2011 Blomidon Estate Brut Reserve

Tidal Bay of the Year (tie) - 2018 Domaine de Grand Pré Tidal Bay

Tidal Bay of the Year (tie) - 2018 Lightfoot & Wolfville Tidal Bay (tie)

White Wine of the Year - 2018 Domaine de Grand Pré Riesling

Red Wine of the Year - 2016 Lightfoot & Wolfville Ancienne Pinot Noir

Dessert Wine of the Year - 2016 Lightfoot & Wolfville Terroir Series Vidal Icewine

 

Other Awards:

Best of Class Traditional Method Sparkling Wine (tie) - 2014 Lightfoot & Wolfville Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Best of Class Traditional Method Sparkling Wine (tie) - 2011 Blomidon Estate Brut Reserve (tie)

Best of Class Non-Traditional Sparkling Wine - 2017 Luckett Vineyards Phone Box Fizz

Best of Class Tidal Bay - 2018 Domaine de Grand Pré Tidal Bay (tie)

Best of Class Tidal Bay - 2018 Lightfoot & Wolfville Tidal Bay (tie)

Best of Class White Single Hybrid - 2018 Gaspereau Vineyards Muscat

Best of Class White Single Vinifera - 2018 Domaine de Grand Pré Riesling

Best of Class White Blend - 2017 Gaspereau Vineyards White Rock

Best of Class Red Blend - NV Luckett Vineyards Old Bill

Best of Class Single Hybrid - 2017 Magnetic Hill Mascaret

Best of Class Red Single Vinifera - 2016 Lightfoot & Wolfville Ancienne Pinot Noir

Best of Class Rose - 2018 Mercator Vineyards Compass Rosé

Best of Class Dessert Wine - 2016 Lightfoot & Wolfville Terroir Series Vidal Icewine

Best of Class Fruit Wine (blue fruit) - NV Magnetic Hill Bay of Fundy Blue

Best of Class Fruit Wine (red fruit) - NV Magnetic Hill Mystique

Best of Class Fruit Wine (overall) - NV Magnetic Hill Bay of Fundy Blue

Best of Class Natural & Orange Wines - 2017 Lightfoot & Wolfville Small Lots Skin Ferment Vidal

 


 

The Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards are operated by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers — Atlantic Chapter and managed on their behalf by With Zest, a wine and food tour and event management business based in Halifax.

For more information:
Cheryl Doherty, CAPS-Atlantic President
(902) 221-6672
president@atlantic.sommelierscanada.ca