Results of the 2019 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (The Nationals)


Category Overview by Judge Treve Ring

Once again based on this year’s stellar showing for sparkling, it’s obvious that we do fizz very well. Think about it: we do share the 49th parallel with Champagne, after all.

(Jump straight to the medal winners.)

While Ontario nabbed the pole, and sole, Platinum position this year with the striking and memorable Two Sisters 2016 Blanc de Franc from Niagara River, the Gold medals were sprinkled between BC, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Styles ranged widely, with golds struck for Blanc de Blancs (like the precise Lightfoot & Wolfville 2014) through to Blanc de Noirs (as in the structural Fitzpatrick 2015 Fitz Blanc de Noir), and ranging from Extra Brut up to traditional Brut levels.

The Silvers and Bronzes spread even more, showing the full diversity of what our 200+ sparkling producers from coast to coast can achieve. What’s becoming crystalline when tasting through these wines is just how much of a stamp the regions imprint onto the wines. Though we’re tasting all blind of course, it’s increasingly easy to read when a wine is from BC (pure, fruit-forward, and fresh); Ontario (sharp, leaner fruit, with more toast and edges); and Nova Scotia (screeching acidity, high tones, sleek and energetic fruit). This is an exciting category, and future, for Canadian wine. Cheers.

And the winners are…

Two Sisters Vineyards 2016 Blanc de Franc, Niagara River, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

13th Street 2013 Premier Cuvee, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Blomidon 2015 Cuvée L’Acadie, Nova Scotia
Fitzpatrick 2015 Fitz Blanc de Noir, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards 2014 Blanc de Blancs Brut, Nova Scotia
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards 2014 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut , Nova Scotia
Malivoire Bisous Brut, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Megalomaniac Bubblehead, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Niagara College Teaching Winery 2014 Balance Blanc de Blanc Brut, St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Valegro 2015 Traditional Method, Ontario

Adamo 2016 Blanc de Blanc, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Arrowleaf 2017 Summerstorm, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Blomidon 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Nova Scotia
Casa Dea 2017 Dea’s Cuvee, Ontario
Cipes 2008 Blanc de Noirs, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Colio Lily Sparkling, Ontario
Fitzpatrick 2015 Fitz Brut, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Henry of Pelham 2014 Cuvée Catharine Estate Blanc de Blanc Carte Blanche, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Hidden Bench 2013 Blanc de Blanc Zero Dosage, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Intrigue Wines 2018 Social, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Kacaba 2017 Effervescence, Ontario
Kew 2016 Pinot Meunier Natural Brüt , Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Lundy Manor Brut, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Noble Ridge 2015 The One Sparkling, Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Queenston Mile 2015 Blanc De Noirs Queenston Road Vineyard, St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Redstone 2016 Sparkling Limestone Vineyard, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Singletree 2016 Merryfield, Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Tawse 2014 Sparkling Blanc de Noirs Laundry Vineyard, Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Tawse 2016 Spark, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Tawse 2017 Riesling Sparkling Limestone Ridge Spark, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Thirty Bench Sparkling Riesling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Trius N/V Showcase Blanc de Blancs, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Arrowleaf 2018 Wildblume, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Blomidon 2017 Crémant, Nova Scotia
Cipes 2012 Blanc de Blanc, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Enrico Winery 2018 Celebration, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Evolve Cellars Pink Effervescence, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Fielding Brut Traditional Method, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Fitzpatrick 2016 Fitz Brut, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
G.Marquis Ice Rosé The Silver Line, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Huff Estates 2016 Cuvee Peter F Huff, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Intrigue Wines I Do, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan 2015 Entourage, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
LaStella 2018 Moscato d’Osoyoos , Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Legacy 2018 Pet-Nat Pinot Blanc, Niagara Lakeshore, Ontario
Lighthall Vineyards 2018 Progression, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Magnotta Venture Series Starlight, Ontario
Megalomaniac 2018 Sparkling Personality, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Monte Creek Ranch 2018 Sparkling Reserve, British Columbia
Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance Brut, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Queenston Mile 2017 Mile High , Ontario
Redstone 2017 Rosé Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Steller’s Jay 2015 Mountain Jay Brut, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Stoneboat Piano Brut, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
The Roost Wine Company 2017 Silk Purse, Ontario
Trius Brut, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Unsworth Charme De L’ile Rosé, Vancouver Island, British Columbia