Sip, savour, evaluate

B.C. wines are once again getting renowned attention as esteemed wine connoisseurs gather to judge which is the best of the best.

A record-breaking number of entries have been placed for the 2016 British Columbia Wine Awards and 10 judges from Canada and the United States are set to evaluate them. Judges range from wine writers to wine educators.

Starting Sept. 15, the judges will take four days to sip, swirl, and assess more than 620 wines to determine which wines from 90 wineries in the province deserve bronze, silver, gold or platinum, as well as the Premier’s Award for Best Wine in British Columbia.

The wine awards are not only B.C.’s oldest wine competition but also the largest in the province. The awards are open to all B.C. wineries that use 100 per cent fruit grown locally.

The judging is set to take place at the Sensory Centre at Okanagan College in Penticton. The winners will be announced at the British Columbia Wine Awards Reception, Sept. 29, in Kelowna.

This event will also be the kickoff to the 36th Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.

Tickets for the event are available at thewinefestivals.com for $50, which includes a safe ride home.

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