Wine & Spirits

WineThe celebration of Canadian wine, beer and spirits has become an integral part of the success of Gold Medal Plates.  With over 5000 guests in eleven cities across the country Gold Medal Plates is now the largest consumer showcase in Canada for Canadian wines.

The generosity of the Canadian industry continues to be very impressive, with over 100 winemakers, brewers, and distillers donating tens of thousands of dollars worth of their products…and most donated their premium labels! At the VIP Receptions guests sample a wide range of wines, beers and spirits, including some crafted just for the event. During the culinary competition, the chefs pair their dish with a wine, beer or spirit of their choice. And during the Celebration portion of the evening, guests were treated to some of Canada’s finest wines.

 

Feature Sponsors 2017

Many thanks to the very generous Gold, Silver and Bronze wine sponsors for our VIP Receptions and Grand Finale events in 2017

Best in Show 2017

Best in Show

Below are the eleven wines awarded the Best of Show in each city in the fall of 2017, each earning a spot in a final judging at the Canadian Culinary Championship in February 2018. The Wine of the Year winner announced in February was the Tantalus 2015 Riesling from East Kelowna.

  • Victoria – Sea Star Estate 2016 Ortega, Pender Island, BC
  • Kelowna CCC – Harper’s Trail 2016 Riesling, Thompson Valley, BC
  • Edmonton –  Tantalus 2015 Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Calgary – Nichol Vineyard 2014 Syrah Old Vines, Naramata Bench, BC
  • Saskatoon –  Osoyoos Larose 2014 Le Grand Vin, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Regina – Cave Spring 2015 CSV Riesling, Beamsville Bench ON
  • Winnipeg – Tantalus 2015 Riesling, Okanagan Valley
  • Toronto – Flat Rock 2016 Riesling Nadja’s Vineyard, Twenty Mile Bench, ON
  • Ottawa – Mission Hill 2012 Compendium, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Halifax – L’Acadie Vineyards 2015 Prestige Brut. Nova Scotia
  • St. John’s – Norman Hardie 2015 Riesling, Niagara Peninsula, ON

The 2017 Donors

  • 50th Parallel, British Columbia
  • Arterra Wines, Ontario
  • Avondale Sky, Nova Scotia
  • Barn Hammer Brewing, Manitoba
  • Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia
  • Black Bridge, Saskatchewan
  • Black Sage, British Columbia
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery, Ontario
  • Caldera Distillery, Nova Scotia
  • Compass Distillery, Nova Scotia
  • Casa-Dea, Ontario
  • Cave Spring, Ontario
  • CedarCreek, British Columbia
  • Closson Chase, Ontario
  • Culmina, British Columbia
  • Devonian Coast, Nova Scotia
  • Fielding Winery, Ontario
  • Flat Rock, Ontario
  • Hoity Toity, Ontario
  • Four Shadows, British Columbia
  • Garrison Brewing, Nova Scotia
  • Gaspereau Vineyards, Nova Scotia
  • Harpers Trail, British Columbia
  • Haywire, British Columbia
  • Henry of Pelham, Ontario
  • Inniskillin, Ontario
  • Inniskillin Okanagan, British Columbia
  • Jackson-Triggs, British Columbia
  • Jost Vineyards, Nova Scotia
  • Jumani Nagori Sake
    British Columbia
  • L’Acadie Vineyards, Nova Scotia
  • Lake Breeze, British Columbia
  • La Stella, British Columbia
  • Le Vieux Pin, British Columbia
  • Little Farm, British Columbia
  • Lock & Worth, British Columbia
  • Lunessence, British Columbia
  • Marionette, British Columbia
  • Malivoire, Ontario
  • Mercator,  Nova Scotia
  • No Boats on Sunday, Nova Scotia
  • Noble Ridge,  British Columbia
  • Norman Hardie, Ontario
  • Nichol Vineyard, British Columbia
  • Nighthawk, British Columbia
  • Nk’Mip, British Columbia
  • O’Rourke Family/The Chase, British Columbia
  • Osoyoos-Larose, British Columbia
  • Pelee Island, Ontario
  • Peninsula Ridge, Ontario
  • Privato,  British Columbia
  • Quails’ Gate, British Columbia
  • Robin Ridge, British Columbia
  • Rosehall Run, Ontario
  • Rosewood Estates, Ontario
  • Sage Hills, British Columbia
  • Sandhill, British Columbia
  • Sea Star, British Columbia
  • See Ya Later Ranch, British Columbia
  • Southbrook, Ontario
  • Split Rock Brewing, Nova Scotia
  • Sumac Ridge, British Columbia
  • Summerhill, British Columbia
  • Tantalus, British Columbia
  • Tawse Winery, Ontario
  • Terravista, British Columbia
  • TH Wines, British Columbia
  • Tightrope, British Columbia
  • Tinhorn Creek, British Columbia
  • Tooth & Nail, Ontario
  • Vintage Ink, British Columbia

Gold Medal Pints

Gold Medal Pints

For 2018, Gold Medal Pints will be transformed into an open-access, cross-Canada beer competition! While details are still being finalized, the contest will divide the entries into a half-dozen categories based upon general flavour attributes, rather than the more cumbersome beer styles approach, and segment the country into six regions –  British Columbia, Alberta, Prairies & Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Following a successful 2017 introduction that saw Dageraad Blonde, a beer from Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby, BC, inch out its competitors to win Gold – followed by Silver medalist Nectarous from fellow British Columbian Four Winds Brewing and Péché Mortel from Quebec’s Dieu du Ciel with the Bronze – we are pleased to announce that Gold Medal Pints will be back in 2018, much bigger and even better!

In our inaugural year, Gold Medal Pints was an invitational beer competition highlighting the very best in Canadian lagers and ales as hand-selected by international beer authority and GMP National Beer Advisor, Stephen Beaumont, working in consultation with a crack cross-Canada team of local beer experts. In total, 50 breweries were invited and all but three wound up pouring one beer apiece at their local Gold Medal Plates event. The breweries were also invited to enter that same beer into a nation-wide competition to decide the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal beers for Canada.

For 2018, Gold Medal Pints will be transformed into an open-access, cross-Canada beer competition! While details are still being finalized, the contest will divide the entries into a half-dozen categories based upon general flavour attributes, rather than the more cumbersome beer styles approach, and segment the country into six regions –  British Columbia, Alberta, Prairies & Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Judging is expected to take place in both Calgary (British Columbia, Alberta, Prairies & Territories) and Toronto (Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada) and will again be overseen by veteran beer writer, co-author of The World Atlas of Beer and THE Beer Guy in Canada, Stephen Beaumont.

The top five beers in each region, irrespective of style, will be invited to pour at their region’s Gold Medal Plates events, and the top ten beers overall – five from the west and five from the east – will compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kamloops to determine Canada’s Gold, Silver and Bronze medal beers!

We look forward in 2018 to bringing to Canada the beer competition it deserves, and bringing the best in Canadian beer to Gold Medal Plates supporters!