Gold Medal Plates 2016 Results

Chefs

  • Chef: Jinhee Lee
  • Restaurant: Vintage Chophouse
  • Pairing: Bartier Bros. 2014 Gewürztraminer

Best of Show

Blue Mountain 2014 Pinot Noir

Chefs

  • Chef: John Michael MacNeil
  • Restaurant: The Belvedere
  • Pairing: Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Shiraz

Best of Show

Meyer Family 2014 Pinot Noir

Chefs

  • Chef: Michael Nop
  • Restaurant: Redwater Grille
  • Pairing: Benjamin Bridge 2014 NOVA 7

Best of Show

TIE
Quailsgate 2014 Merlot
TH Wines 2014 Pinot Noir

James-Chatto-by-George-Whiteside-high-resCulinary Report
by James Chatto by National Culinary Advisor

What an evening in Calgary! We knew it might be. Calgary was the first city this year to sell out – there were 700 people in the room, the biggest crowd we’ve ever had there – and we sold more auction trips than ever before. The place was giddy with excitement, whipped up by our Rio athletes and our terrific emcee, Scott Russell. Then the energy ante was taken even higher by the band – Jim Cuddy and Alan Doyle both in fine voice, Anne Lindsay playing incandescent violin and Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley adding their talents to the general merriment.

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david-new-2014Wine Report
by David Lawrason, National Wine Advisor

It was the strongest line up of Canadian pinot noirs that I have ever tasted at a Gold Medal Plates competition – six in all, and all very fine efforts from some of B.C.s top producers.  Five of them earned a top five ranking among the wine judges, and three of them finished one-two-three in the Best of Show Award.

At the head of the list was Blue Mountain 2014 Pinot Noir, repeating a first-place finish earned in 2015. It is a wine of impeccable fruit purity and depth with very fine structure and length. The Runner Up was Meyer Family 2014 Pinot Noir, a very bright, zesty and juicy example. And in third spot TH Wines 2014 Pinot Noir, a more voluminous ripe and spicy rendition.

The Best of Show Wine Award was created to gain exposure for the dozens of wines donated to Gold Medal Plates by Canadian wineries.  Not only does the program highlight the wines it gives them exposure to some of the leading wine writers, judges, educators, sommeliers and retailers in the country

This day I was joined by four leading Calgary wine authorities to taste and talk through the wines, and rank our favourites.   Brad Royale is the wine director for the Rocky Mountain Resorts group of properties and a judge at the National Wine Awards of Canada.  Tom Firth is a respected wine writer and consultant. Jackie Cooke is a wine educator and manager of Avec Bistro. And Shelley Boettcher is a freelance wine and food writer who authored a subsequent article in the Calgary Herald.

As well as tasting the wines paired with the chef’s dishes, we also tasted wines donated to the  Celebration auction and entertainment portion of the evening.   Burrowing Owl kindly donated their Calliope Figure 8 Red and White which offer fine value, and scored well with judge Brad Royale.  Chateau des Charmes of Niagara ventured to Calgary with their delicious, well balanced 2015 Gamay Droit.  And guests at the VIP tables enjoyed the newly minted 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Merlot by Gold Medal Plates National Entertainment Director and headliner Jim Cuddy.  The wines are made by Tawse Winery in Niagara.

To see which wines were paired with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal chefs please see the accompanying report by National Culinary Advisor James Chatto.

Here are all the wines donated to Calgary this year ordered as they were tasted by the judges

Summerhill Cipes Brut
Okanagan Valley, BC

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7
Nova Scotia

Jim Cuddy 2013 Chardonnay
Niagara Peninsula, ON

Quails Gate 2014 Chardonnay
Okanagan Valley, BC

Calliope 2014 White
Okanagan Valley, BC

Sandhill 2014 Viognier Osprey
Okanagan Valley, BC

Bartier Bros. 2014 Gewurztraminer
Okanagan Valley, BC

Tinhorn Creek 2015 Gewurztraminer
Okanagan Valley, BC

Chateau des Charmes 2014 Gamay Droit
Niagara Peninsula, ON

TH Wines 2014 Pinot Noir
Okanagan Valley, BC

Meyer Family 2014 Pinot Noir
Okanagan Valley, BC

Blue Mountain 2014 Pinot Noir
Okanagan Valley, BC

Stoneboat 2013 Pinot Noir
Okanagan Valley, BC

Liquidity 2013 Pinot Noir
Okanagan Valley, BC

Jim Cuddy 2013 Cabernet Merlot
Niagara Peninsula, ON

Quails Gate 2014 Merlot
Okanagan Valley, BC

Tinhorn Creek 2013 Cabernet Franc
Okanagan Valley, BC

Calliope 2015 Figure Eight Red
Okanagan Valley, BC

Mission Hill 2013 Reserve Shiraz
Okanagan Valley, BC

Alley Kat Scona Gold Kolsch
Alberta

Alley Kat Amber
Alberta

Eau Claire Distillery Smoked Spruce Collins
Alberta

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