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NOTL wines recognized for excellence
Gavin Robertson, winemaker at the Niagara College Teaching Winery, is pictured with a bottle of the award-winning wine, 2017 Gastronomy Chardonnay. (Niagara College/Supplied)

Four NOTL wines have been recognized with the 2019 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence.

Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate was honoured for its 2016 Grand Reserve Merlot while Peller Estates took home the award for its 2016 Andrew Peller Signature Series Riesling.

The Niagara College Teaching Winery stood out with its 2017 Gastronomy Chardonnay while Trius Winery and Restaraunt excelled with its 2016 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc.

A total of 11 Ontario wines were chosen as award recipients for their overall excellence from 542 wines submitted by 78 wineries. 

The awards were presented by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell at George Brown College during the fourth Annual Winetario event, which showcases the best Ontario VQA wines.

The shortlist for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award is sort of an all-star listing compiled from the top wines from the annual Ontario Wine Awards, which took place in June at Niagara College, said Tony Aspler, the competition’s founder.

“Once we have the scores for the wines entered into the Ontario Wine Awards competition, I take the 20 top-scoring wines and have them retasted by a panel of masters of wine and master sommeliers, top Ontario tasters and a guest British judge Jamie Goode,” Aspler said in an email to The Lake Report.

“They are instructed to select the best wines (usually 8 to 12) to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines,” Aspler said.

Gavin Robertson, winemaker and instructor at Niagara College’s Teaching Winery, was pleased with the award.

“It’s always great to see our teaching winery products do well in competitions because it demonstrates to our students – who are very much a part of our everyday winemaking operations – that the lessons that we deliver in lecture and labs hold true when scaled-up in commercial application,” Robertson said in a news release.

NOTL wineries took home 41 medals – 11 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze – at the Ontario Wine Awards.