From the fourth annual competition of the Alberta Beverage Awards held in the summer of 2016, these are the best performers in each category.
Domaine Houchart Rose 2015 $19.95 It’s easy to see why this rose is a winner! A family-owned winery in the Cotes de Provence, this is a delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre. Together these grapes create a lively, crisp dry wine full of fresh red currant flavours.
Torres Vina Esmeralda 2015 $14.95 Delicious and refreshing white from Spain at a great price!
Michel Torino Don David Malbec 2013 $16.95 Silky tannins, plush mouthfeel, low acidity and blueberry fruit, Malbecs are always a hit with Alberta beef. If you love Malbec, you’ve got to try this one!
Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Tautavel 2013 $24.95 This has a polished texture, with concentrated flavours of cherry tart, ganache and blackberry preserves. The judge says “this silky, smooth and velvety wine is a sure crowd pleaser and a perfect partner to almost any food and any situation.”
Spirit Hills Saskwatch $22.95 Located in Dewinton, Spirit Hills integrates organic herbs and berries with ancient honey wine fermentation methods to produce high quality wines with a distinct Alberta flavour. Honey wine, also known as mead, is the oldest fermented beverage in the world. This has saskatoon and blueberries in the wine.