Nk’Mip Cellars Winery has impressive showing at 2014 national wine awards

By on August 13, 2014
Aaron Crey, cellar supervisor, (left) and Randy Picton, head winemaker, show some of the grapes that produce Nk’Mip Cellars’ award winning wines. Nk’Mip Cellars cleaned up at the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards by claiming medals for all 14 varieties of wine submitted and being named one of the top wineries in the country. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Aaron Crey, cellar supervisor, (left) and Randy Picton, head winemaker, show some of the grapes that produce Nk’Mip Cellars’ award winning wines. Nk’Mip Cellars cleaned up at the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards by claiming medals for all 14 varieties of wine submitted and being named one of the top wineries in the country. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Osoyoos-based Nk’Mip Cellars Winery continues to prove it is producing some of the very best wines in this country.

Only 18 months after being named the top winery in British Columbia and second-best in all of Canada by Wine Access Magazine and six months after winning 13 awards in the acclaimed Decanteur Magazine World Wine Awards,  Nk’Mip Cellars made a spectacular finish at WineAlign’s 2014 National Wine Awards bringing in medals for all of the 14 submitted wines.

The winery earned a platinum award for the 2013 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine as well as three gold, five silver and five bronze awards.

Nk’Mip’s senior winemaker Randy Picton was thrilled with the continued accolades.

“We’re excited to maintain our position in the upper echelon of wineries in this country,” said Picton.

It took almost a full decade of hard work by his small team of winemakers employed by Nk’Mip Cellars to produce wines that have gained national and international attention on a regular basis over the past two years, said Picton.

Assistant winemaker Justin Hall and cellar supervisor Aaron Crey have worked with him for more than a decade to help produce the stellar lineup of wines produced, he said.

“We have a great team here,” he said. “We know what it takes and what needs to be done to produce quality grapes and quality wines. The key members of this team have been together for more than a decade now and we’re a very close-knit group that understands the commitment it takes to produce quality wines.”

Having every single one of the 14 entries in this latest competition be recognized is extremely gratifying, said Picton.

The goal of Nk’Mip Cellars for the past several years has been to produce quality wines in all categories and that goal has been achieved, he said.

After being named the top winery in this province and second-best in Canada, Picton said his team is dedicated to continuing to produce world-class wines and hopefully attain the recognition of being named the best winery in Canada in the near future.

“It’s definitely within reach,” he said. “I would be lying if I didn’t say it was a goal to be named the top winery in Canada.

“We believe in what we’re doing and what we’ve accomplished and hope to continue producing quality wines throughout our lineup.”

Picton is renowned for his commitment to making every vintage spectacular.

He was extremely pleased to accept this award on behalf of Nk’Mip Cellars.

“With so many exceptional wineries in B.C. it’s an honour to receive this recognition. It is very gratifying to see  consistency of results across our entire portfolio.  This achievement is based on many hardworking, dedicated and passionate people.”

As the vineyard manager, Sam Baptiste’s careful attention to premium viticulture practices at Inkameep Vineyards, established in 1968, contributes heavily to the success of Nk’Mip Cellars’ wines by ensuring each vine is scrutinized and only the best grapes make it into the winery during crush, said Picton.

Nk’ Mip Cellars was formed by the Osoyoos Indian Band and has been led by Chief Clarence Louie since 1985.

The awards captured by Nk’ Mip Cellars in the WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards include:

Platinum – Nk’Mip Cellars 2013 Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine

Gold – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir

Gold – Nk’Mip Cellars 2010 Qwam Qwmt Syrah

Gold – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver – Nk’Mip Cellars 2013 Winemaker’s Pinot Blanc

Silver – Nk’Mip Cellars 2009 Qwam Qwmt Syrah

Silver – Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver – Nk’Mip Cellars 2010 Mer’r’iym

Silver – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay

Bronze  – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Winemaker’s Pinot Noir

Bronze  – Nk’Mip Cellars 2011 Winemaker’s Merlot

Bronze  – Nk’Mip Cellars 2013 Winemaker’s Rose

Bronze  – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Qwam Qwmt Merlot

Bronze  – Nk’Mip Cellars 2012 Winemaker’s Talon

The goal of the national competition is to expose Canadian wine drinkers to the best in Canadian wines.

There is no restriction on price, leaving each winery the opportunity to compete with and against the best wines in the country.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

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