The ninth annual Platinum Judging for at WINE PRESS NORTHWEST Magazine just ended. This well known wine competition attempts to identify some of the best of the best in the Great Northwest region. By far, this was the largest judging so far, as a total of 329 entries were entered in this by-invitation-only competition. This surpassed last year’s record number of 259.
All wines in the Platinum earned their way in by winning a gold medal or equivalent in any of about 30 regional, national and international competitions that are tracked track.
So the winners of this competition represents really the “creme de la creme” in the wine world…
I am glad to report that a fortified plum wine made by “Forbidden Fruit Winery” won a “Double Gold” in this esteemed competition. The only fruit wine to classify at this level…
Here is the write up from the judges:
Forbidden Fruit Winery 2007 Plumiscuous Plum Mistelle, Similkameen Valley, $30
This winery in B.C.’s Similkameen Valley is dedicated to producing seriously delicious fruit wines from the estate’s certified organic 147-acre tree fruit farm. The results are usually spectacular, and the names are often amusing. This is a fortified wine made from plums and is a beauty. It smells and tastes like cherries and red plums and is smooth and rich from first sip through the lengthy finish. All-Canadian Wine Championships (gold). (17% alc.)
If you are ever lucky enough to be able to get a bottle of this elixir, you’ll be drinking one of the best wines made in the Pacific Northwest.