July 30, 2009 By The Guardian
July 30, 2009 – A 2006 Blackberry Mead, from Rossignol Estate Winery,
in Little Sands, P.E.I. was judged best fruit wine in the best of show
July 30, 2009 – A 2006 Blackberry Mead, from Rossignol Estate Winery, in Little Sands, P.E.I. was judged best fruit wine in the best of show category when the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Atlantic Chapter, released the results of the first Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards on Saturday.
The awards were held as part of the Catch Seafood Festival in Halifax where 13 wineries from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick received medals.
“We felt this competition would help to further promote the unique and characteristic wines of our young winemaking region,” says Drew Curlett, a member of the board of directors for CAPS Atlantic.
“The time was right for a regional competition – more and more local wines are receiving national awards. The numerous participating wineries, both large and small, which received awards reveals the diverse talent and quality of wine Atlantic Canada offers."
In addition to the gold, silver and bronze medals given in 18 categories, the following Best of Show awards were presented:
- Best White Wine – 2008 Limited Edition Muscat Chardonnay, Gaspereau Vineyards, Nova Scotia;
- Best Red Wine – 2006 Marechal Foch, Sainte-Famille Wines, Nova Scotia;
- Best Fruit Wine – 2006 Blackberry Mead, Rossignol Estate Winery, Prince Edward Island;
- Best Dessert Wine – 2007 Muscat Ice Wine, Domaine de Grand Pré, Nova Scotia.
Local wineries submitted 119 wines for the competition. The wines were blind-tasted by a judging panel comprised of CAPS Atlantic members. The awards will be presented annually to showcase the best wine Atlantic Canada has to offer.
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