VanMag 2015Vancouver Magazine has posted the results to this year’s Wine Awards (2015). It’s one of the most anticipated of the year, and rightfully so…

There really are some phenomenal values here—and I’m truly honoured to have been a part of the amazing team that worked over three days to choose them.

Here’s what head judge(and VanMag wine guru) DJ Kearney has to say, in part, in her intro…

“As always, there is a healthy crop of excellent B.C. wines, with Italy and France virtually tied for winners. Spain, Australia, and California also featured prominently with 16 stunning chardonnays, 15 pinots, seven rieslings, three gamays, two sakes, and one awesome pinotage. In short, a round-the-world trip of vinous delights to keep you stimulated and satisfied until we do it all again next year. Let’s raise our glasses to quality, diversity, consistency, and, best of all, value.”

She has plenty more to say, too, with lead-ins and explanations, plus food pairing ideas for every category.

One really important point to stress, “value” in this context does not constitute “cheap.” Although there are more than a few, true “bargoons” here, the first principal in this judging is to pick out wines at every level that do represent value within their category (style and price)—and often over-deliver.

Pour yourself a glass—how about some Gamay or Riesling?—and settle in for a truly useful and rewarding read