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Niagara winery wins at 2009 Wine Awards


December 16, 2009
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Niagara winery wins at 2009 Wine Awards

Tawse Winery, a small family
operation located in Vineland, finished this year’s Wine Access Canadian Wine
Awards’ competition in front of all other Ontario wineries and a very close second for the best Canadian Winery.

December 14, 2009 –



Tawse Winery, a small family
operation located in Vineland, finished this year’s Wine Access Canadian Wine
Awards’ competition in front of all other Ontario wineries and a very close second for the best Canadian Winery. This
competition is one of the most important of its kind in the country, with an
impressive 960 Canadian wines entered.

The tasting panel, which is composed of
Canada’s leading sommeliers, wine writers, buyers, industry professionals and journalists,
tasted each wine blind and rated them in 30 different categories. Tawse won a
total of 14 medals; 2 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze. Owner Moray Tawse and Winemaker
Paul Pender are extremely pleased with the results and said that this is a good
indication that Tawse can consistently produce quality wines year in and year
out (Tawse finished 9th at last year’s competition).

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Since its
official opening in 2005, Tawse winery has embraced the principals of organic
and biodynamic viticulture. The impact on the wines has been profound.  In addition to these philosophies, it
has initiated several sustainable practices at the winery including horse drawn
plow to avoid soil compaction, sheep for leaf plucking, blue birds and cover
crops for integrated pest management, chickens for light soil tilling,
geothermal heating, a waste water biofilter and naturally cooled and humidified
cellars.

 

Most of these award winning wines
can be purchased at the retail shop or online at www.tawsewinery.ca.

 

Gold
Medals:

2008
Sketches of Niagara Riesling

2007
Wismer Vineyard Cabernet Franc

Silver
Medals:

2007
Quarry Road Vineyard Chardonnay

2007
Robyn’s Block Chardonnay

2007
Tawse Pinot Noir – Sold out

2007
Seventeenth Street Pinot Noir

2007
Van Bers Vineyard Cabernet Franc

 

Bronze
Medals:

2008
Carly’s Block Riesling – To be released in 2010

2008
Misek Vineyard Riesling – Sold out

2008
Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Riesling

2008
Quarry Road Vineyard Gewurztraminer

2008
Wismer Vineyard Lakeview Block Riesling – To be released in 2010

2007 Grower’s Blend Pinot Noir

2007
David’s Block Merlot – To be released in 2010

           

A number of Tawse wines can also
be purchased at a few LCBO stores in the VINTAGES section:

 

Tawse Sketches of Niagara Merlot Cabernet 2007,
#130252, $19.95

Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay 2007,
#89037, $19.95

Tawse Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Riesling
2008, #160655, $22.20

Tawse Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Franc 2006,
#355079, $38.20

Tawse Robyn’s Block Chardonnay 2005, #662841,
$48.20


Tawse Meritage 2006, #111963, $48. 20

Tawse Quarry Road Estate Vineyard Chardonnay
2007, #111989, $35.20

Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2007,
#130997, $29.95

Tawse Wismer Vineyard Riesling 2007, #119792,
$24.95

Tawse Winery is open 7 days a week from10:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. You are welcome to taste and tour. 

For more information, visit our website at www.tawsewinery.ca or contact us directly
at the winery at info@tawsewinery.ca
or by callin