This past week, Burning Kiln Winery received some big accolades! A�They’re the winners of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor�s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines.
The honour was given to celebrate their 2012 “Cab Frank” wine. Cab Frank — which is 100% Cabernet Franc — was named after the wineries vineyard manager, Frank Deleebeeck, whose tireless devotion to vineyard health and quality has been a big part of their success.
The Hon. David C. Onley established the Lieutenant Governor�s Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines in 2011 which program promotes VQA Ontario wines � all made from 100% Ontario-grown and processed grapes. In this unique competition, all wines compete against each other regardless of vintage or varietal.
The awards are administered by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in partnership with the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College, with the support of the Grape Growers of Ontario, the Wine Council of Ontario, and the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.
Judged by some of Ontario�s best adjudicators, sommeliers, and wine experts, the competition is fierce. 2014 adjudication panel members included Astrid Brummer, Andrea Fujarczuk, Tristan Bondett, Fred Gamula, Dr. Linda Bramble, David Lawrason, James Cunningham, Shawn McCormick, Sara d�Amato, Rod Phillips, Mike Dicaro, Ms. Jessica Reese, Konrad Ejbich, David Stasiuk, Allison Findlay, and Christopher Waters.
Burning Kiln Winery will be formally recognized by the Lieutenant Governor in a ceremony at Queen�s Park on July 9th. Cab Frank has been granted the privilege of carrying the official heraldic badge of the award.
Want to try it for yourself? A�Why not take a road trip! Burning Kiln Winery is located at 1709 Front Road, St. Williams and is open daily atA�11 amA�seven days a week.
And while not nearly as exciting as a trip down south, all wines, including Cab Frank, can be purchased online atA�burningkilnwinery.ca.