Wine judges prepare for Best of BC Wine Awards

Wine judges prepare for Best of BC Wine Awards

Discover Wines store owner Tracy Gray is hoping for a bit of excitement in her glass when she joins her fellow judges for a blind tasting wine competition set at Laurel Packinghouse on March 8.

“I usually sign up for some of the more unusual categories to judge as I like a challenge,” says Gray, who will join the Okanagan’s top wine judges assembled for Okanagan Life magazine’s inaugural Best of BC Wine Awards. Among the judges are wine writers, wine educators, product consultants and leaders in the growing Okanagan wine industry.

bc-wine-awards-judge-tracy-gray

“The judges we have selected for Okanagan Life 'Best of BC' Wine Awards are commensurate with the stature of the wines submitted, which represent some of the best wine from many of the top wineries in B.C.,” says chair Michael Botner. “This will be a world class wine competition highlighting the best of B.C. in consumer-friendly wine type, variety and price categories.”

Gray has worked in the wine industry for 25 years including 10 wineries, hosted a weekly wine feature for two years on CHBC TV, and her team at Discover Wines in Orchard Plaza has won numerous business awards.

"When I am accessing a product the most important quality I look for is balance," says Gray. "The balance between acids and sugar, the layering of flavours and aromas, and the mouthfeel all go into the scoring."

When asked how she prepares, "A full day ahead I stay away from eating spicy hot or temperature hot foods and don't wear scented products."

Magazine publisher Paul Byrne is excited to showcase the Valley’s best. “We have a growing Okanagan wine industry and this prestigious wine competition will provide exceptional exposure for the finest wines in the Valley,” he says.

Also on the panel is Jim Martin, senior product consultant at Metro Liquor Kelowna. The well-known voice on AM 1150 radio, Martin has been involved with the wine and spirits industry for more than three decades. Originally from Vancouver, Jim started with the BCLDB, where he was placed in charge of the wine selection at one of the top specialty wine stores in the province and helped with the specialty wine store at the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

BC Signature Liquor Stores product consultants Holly Nixon from Orchard Park and Dean Anderson (retired) from Mission Park, as well as Stefan Struk manager at the Wine Museum VQA Store also join the judges' panel. Judges Judie Steeves, wine writer and author, and Lisa Olsen, publisher of Orchard & Vine magazine, are looking forward to tasting some of B.C.'s finest.

In the stringent competition, judges will be divided into groups and served wines in flights according to category. Pouring is done is a separate area behind screens or curtains. Scores are picked up and entered immediately by assistants assigned to this task.

For more on the awards, see okanaganlife.com/bc-wine-awards.

Related Post

About The Author

Editor

Okanagan Life captures the essence of life in the Okanagan Valley with informative and entertaining features on issues that matter to people who live or vacation in this great region, plus stories on Okanagan destinations, personalities, wine, food, history, outdoor recreation and more. We're now in our 30th year of publishing. Subscribe

30,000 giveaway for small business okanagan

Current Issue

Current Issue

June 2018 Okanagan Life

Purchase

yearly-subscribeDigital Edition - Yearly Subscription

Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet.

Upcoming Events

Aug
21
Tue
6:30 pm Parks Alive! Kelowna
Parks Alive! Kelowna
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm
Parks Alive! Kelowna @ Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Parks Alive! presents live concerts throughout July and August in many of Kelowna’s most unique outdoor venues from North Glenmore, to Rutland, East Kelowna, downtown, the Mission, Kettle Valley, and Black Mountain. Check back for[...]
Aug
22
Wed
6:30 pm Parks Alive! Kelowna
Parks Alive! Kelowna
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm
Parks Alive! Kelowna @ Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Parks Alive! presents live concerts throughout July and August in many of Kelowna’s most unique outdoor venues from North Glenmore, to Rutland, East Kelowna, downtown, the Mission, Kettle Valley, and Black Mountain. Check back for[...]
Aug
23
Thu
6:30 pm Parks Alive! Kelowna
Parks Alive! Kelowna
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm
Parks Alive! Kelowna @ Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Parks Alive! presents live concerts throughout July and August in many of Kelowna’s most unique outdoor venues from North Glenmore, to Rutland, East Kelowna, downtown, the Mission, Kettle Valley, and Black Mountain. Check back for[...]
Aug
24
Fri
6:30 pm Parks Alive! Kelowna
Parks Alive! Kelowna
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm
Parks Alive! Kelowna @ Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Parks Alive! presents live concerts throughout July and August in many of Kelowna’s most unique outdoor venues from North Glenmore, to Rutland, East Kelowna, downtown, the Mission, Kettle Valley, and Black Mountain. Check back for[...]

TWITTER

Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match