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Best wines in B.C. judged for provincial awards

KELOWNA–Local sommeliers and wine industry experts tasted their way through 170 wines from across the province on Sunday for the Best of BC Wine Awards.

The top selections will be listed in Okanagan Life Magazine.

“We think they’ll hang on to this issue much like they hold on to our best restaurants issue, and our best of the Okanangan issue, because¬†it categorizes the wine and it’s a permanent record in their home or office,” says the magazine’s publisher Paul Byrne.

The judges claim wines are not just assessed on taste; that wine is a multi sensory experience adjudicated on colour, clarity, perfume and palatability.

Because it is a blind test, price points are not a consideration.

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“You can find a lot of good wines that are not expensive,” says Best of BC Wine Awards coordinator Michael Botner, “you have to look a little harder for them maybe, but it’s worth it and this helps.”

Okanagan Life’s “Best of BC Wines awards” will be featured in the April 15th edition.