My List of Wineries to Watch in 2014
Well It happen someone kindly took me to task on my list of Wineries to Watch in 2014. He was rather upset that I did not consider any of the Prince Edward County wineries worthy enough to be on the list.
Kindly remember that I have a personal website I’ do not make a living writing about the wineries or critiquing the wines of our great nation. In fact I run a personal non profit website. I don’t even know if the wineries care if they make my list or not.
For the sake of argument lets just review who and how a winery may make this list. First off every winery in Canada is eligible for this list. You might say “ It’s the Squeaky Wheel that gets the Grease that makes the list. In other words if I hear a great deal of chatter about a winery it has a very good chance of making the list.
If a winery has a good reputation and zooms along with quality wines year after year very one knows about them and they most likely are not going to make the list. Everyone is already watching them. A good example of this would be Tawse or Inniskillin. An elite winery would have to do something pretty special to make my list of Wineries to Watch
Such was the case of Mission Hill in West Kelowna. Mission Hill Family Estate stunned the Wine World by Winning 'World's Best Pinot Noir' at Decanter World Wine Awards 2013. I had a feeling we would be hearing from Mission Hill in 2014 and it did not take long . In January the Elite winery CedarCreek Estate Winery was purchased by von Mandl Family Estates, the new holding company of Anthony von Mandl, the owner of Mission Hill Family Estates.
Now getting back to our PEC ambassador. He must remember I live in British Columbia. Its hard to track the Ontario wineries. In fact there are now over 700 wineries. Once again I repeat the phrase The Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease. I just did not hear that much about the PEC wineries.
In 2013 we listed Karlo Estates and ten other Ontario wineries . Some wineries never answer our repeated request for information That would include eighteen wineries from Prince Edward county.
So in response to my friend in PEC let the wineries inform me about WHAT IS HAPPING. Send me info on the wineries as does Fred Couch for the Niagara Regions and Robert Murray in Nova Scotia and Dee Newman in the Okanagan and Leanne Frosese of Townhall Brands.