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Penticton wine wins top award at wine festival

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There’s nothing like being the best of the best.

The fresh and crisp 2017 Riesling from Penticton’s Time Winery was judged best in show at Wednesday’s B.C. Best of Varietal Wine Awards, beating out more than 580 other vintages for the honour.

The awards are part of the 12-day, 25th annual Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, underway until May 12.

The top wines in 19 categories, determined by a panel of 11 judges, were announced at the event at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and then attendees had a chance to taste the winners.

Time’s 2017 Riesling is no stranger to accolades. It also won top white at the Cornucopia food and wine festival in Whistler.

The Riesling has aromas and flavours of lemon, lime, apricot and peach wrapped around a balanced and off-dry minerality.

Only 275 cases were made.

Often, award-winning wines are already sold out. However, bottles of the 2017 Riesling were still for sale at Time’s shop in downtown Penticton and some liquor stores.

The 2018 Riesling will be released soon.

Time is owned by the godfather of the B.C. wine industry, Harry McWatters, and the winemakers are Nadine Allander and Graham Pierce, who also craft wines for sister wineries McWatters Collection and Evolve.

Following are the 18 other winners:

— Best Rose: CedarCreek 2018 Estate

— Best Pinot Gris: Mission Hill 2018 Reserve

— Best Pinot Noir: Arrowleaf 2016 Archive

— Best Chardonnay: Upper Bench 2017

— Best Merlot: Mission Hill 2016

— Best sparkling: Arrowleaf 2017 Summerstorm

— Best Gewurztraminer: Wild Goose 2018 Mystic River

— Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Moon Curser 2016

— Best white blend: Baillie-Grohman 2018 Recolt Blanche

— Best Syrah: C.C. Jentsch 2016

— Best Meritage blend: Nk’Mip 2016 Merriym red

— Best Pinot Blanc: Wild Goose 2018 Mystic River

— Best Cabernet Franc: Silkscarf 2015

— Best single white varietal: Bordertown 2016 Gruner Veltliner

— Best single red varietal: Hillside 2016 Reserve Malbec and Moon Curser 2016 Touriga Nacional

— Best hybrid: Monte Creek Ranch 2017 Hands Up White

— Best icewine: Grizzli 2013 Merlot

— Best fruit wine: Northern Lights 2018

The final weekend of the silver anniversary edition of the spring wine festival is coming up with a lot of events still on tap.

Putting & Bubbles from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club features sips of sparkling, white and rosé wines while working on your golf putting and lawn games.

And Sunday’s Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos matches Okanagan wines with sweet and savoury brunch favourites.

For a full list of events, check out TheWineFestivals.com.

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