The celebration of Canadian wine, beer and spirits has become an integral part of the success of Gold Medal Plates. The wine, beer and spirits that are presented to the more than 5000 Gold Medal Plates guests gets more comprehensive and more fascinating each year. Gold Medal Plates is now the largest consumer program in Canada to feature and highlight excellent Canadian wines.

The generosity of the Canadian industry continues to be very impressive and in 2016 a record 98 winemakers, brewers, and distillers donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of their products…and most donated their premium labels! At the VIP, guests got to 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 their chosen wine, beer or spirit. And during the Celebration portion of the evening, guests were treated to some of Canada’s finest wines.

The list below contains the ten wineries – indicated with CCC – who earned a spot in the Canadian Culinary Champion Wine of the Year Final in February 2017. The winning wine was Sea Star 2015 Blanc de Noir Rose from Pender Island in British Columbia.

The 2016 Donors

13th Street Winery, Ontario
50th Parallel Wines, British Columbia
Alley Kat Brewery, Alberta
Ancient Hill Winery, British Columbia
Arrowleaf Cellars, British Columbia
Bartier Brothers, British Columbia
Beaumont, British Columbia
Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia CCC
Black Sage, British Columbia
Blind Tiger, British Columbia
Blue Mountain, British Columbia CCC
Burrowing Owl, British Columbia
Calliope (Burrowing Owl), British Columbia
Collingwood Distillers, Ontario
Cave Spring, Ontario
CedarCreek, British Columbia
Chateau des Charmes, Ontario
Crossmount Cider, Saskatchewan
Culmina, British Columbia CCC
Devonian Coast, Nova Scotia
Dirty Laundry, British Columbia
Eau Vivre, British Columbia
Encore, British Columbia
Ex Nihilo, British Columbia
Fallen Timber Saskatoon Mead, Saskatchewan
For the Love of Grimace, Nova Scotia
Garrison Brewing, Nova Scotia
Gaspereau Vineyards, Nova Scotia
Gray Monk, British Columbia
Happy Knight, New Brunswick
Haywire, British Columbia
Hester Creek, British Columbia
Hidden Bench, Ontario CCC
Hinterland Wine Co. Ontario
Huff Estate, Ontario
Indigenous World, British Columbia
Inniskillin Okanagan, British Columbia
Intrigue Wines, British Columbia
Ironworks Gin, Nova Scotia
Jackson-Triggs, Ontario
Jim Cuddy Wines (Tawse)
Kalala Wines, British Columbia
L’Acadie Vineyards, Nova Scotia CCC
Last Mountain Distiller, Saskatchewan
Laughing Stock, British Columbia
Lightfoot & Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Liquidity, British Columbia
Little Staw, British Columbia
Malivoire, Ontario
Meridale Distillers, British Columbia
Meyer Family, British Columbia
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, British Columbia
Moon Curser, British Columbia CCC
Mount Boucherie, British Columbia
Nichol Vineyard, British Columbia
Nighthawk, British Columbia
Nk’Mip, British Columbia
Off the Grid, British Columbia
Orofino, British Columbia  CCC
O’Rourke Family, British Columbia
Pipe Dreams, British Columbia
Pearl Morissette, Ontario
Pillitteri Estates, Ontario
Quails’ Gate, British Columbia*
Ravine (Cider), Ontario
Rebellion Brewing, Saskatchewan
Red Rooster, British Columbia
Rollingdale, British Columbia
Rosehall Run, Ontario
Rosewood Estates, Ontario
Sam Roberts Band Brewery, Ontario
Sandhill, British Columbia
Sea Cider, British Columbia
Sea Star, British Columbia (CCC and winner Wine of the Year)
Southbrook, Ontario
Stag’s Hollow, British Columbia
Stoneboat, British Columbia*
Stratus, Ontario
Sumac Ridge, British Columbia
Summerhill, British Columbia
Tantalus, British Columbia
Tawse, Ontario CCC
The BC Press Cider, British Columbia
The Hatch, British Columbia
The View, British Columbia
Thirty Bench, Ontario
Tightrope, British Columbia
Tinhorn Creek, British Columbia CCC
Toronto Distillers, Ontario
Trius, Ontario
Unsworth Vineyard, British Columbia (Mystery Wine Donor)
Vancouver Island Brewery, British Columbia
Vintage Ink, British Columbia
Volcanic Hills, British Columbia
Wayne Gretzky, Ontario
Wescott Vineyards, Ontario
Wild Life Distillery, Alberta
Wolf Willow Winery, Saskatchewan