Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards 2009

The Process

Wines were tasted blind on a like-with-like basis. Our judges were divided into three mini-panels. Flights of wine were organized by style and price. Winners were chosen by consensus among the judges, who collectively decided which wines represented the best values. The mini-panels then united for the final playoff among all the category winners, at which the Pikes Traditionale Clare Valley Riesling 2007 was voted Best in Show.


The Winners


Best Sparkling Wines

Best Light White Wines

Best Medium White Wines

Best Rich White Wines

Best Rosé Wine

Best Light Red Wines

Best Medium Red Wines

Best Rich Red Wines

Best Dessert / Fortified Wines


The Judges

2009 Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition Judges

Brian Berry Food and beverage manager, The Vancouver Club
Michelle Bouffard Co-owner, House Wine
Christina Burridge Drink editor, Vancouver magazine
Sid Cross Taster, educator, journalist, Western Living magazine
Mark Davidson VinFX Communications
Jurgen Gothe Wine journalist and broadcaster
Park Heffelfinger Co-owner, Memphis Blues BBQ House
David Hopgood Portfolio manager, Table Wines of Europe, B.C. LDB
DJ Kearney Sommelier, instructor, and consultant
Sebastien le Goff General manager/sommelier, Uva Wine Bar
Tim Pawsey Food and wine journalist
Barbara Philip MW, Barbariain Wine Consulting
David Scholefield Chief judge and wine consultant
Mark Taylor Owner/sommelier, Cru Restaurant

Back Room Staff
Dee Anand, Christine Coletta, Mauro Coimbra, Steve Dimond, Pat Hake, Roger Maniwa, Jesse McMillan, Keith Nicholson, Cyndy Pellegrin, Julian Scholefield, Samantha Scholefield