Award-Winning Best Value Wines

By / Magazine / September 19th, 2011 / 1

Thirty-three wines received the Judges’ Award for Best Value at the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards, an intensive three-day competition conducted last month at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The value citation was bestowed on wines receiving high scores from InterVin judges — ranking as silver or gold medal winners — and retail for $15 or less. The 33 selections, including four that are priced at $10 or under per bottle, hail from all corners of the globe, including strong representation from Australia, Canada and Italy. These wines offer everyone the opportunity to learn about different grape varieties and styles without investing too much money right at the beginning. For more experienced wine lovers, they are the perfect foil for that meal where you don’t necessarily want to pull out one of your more cherished bottles. Just because these wines are low in price does not mean that they’re low in quality or taste. In fact, these are all gems.

Competing wines were grouped by varietal or style to ensure each was fairly evaluated alongside its international peers.

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Blends

  • Barefoot Winery Cabernet Sauvignon United States
  • Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 South Africa
  • McWilliams Winery Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Australia
  • Rosemount Diamond Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2009 Australia
  • Southbrook Vineyards Connect Organic Red 2008 Canada
  • Wine Inc Pty Ltd. Wine Men of Gotham Cabernet 2008 Australia

Other Red Blends

  • Aya Charming 2008 Portugal
  • Marchesi de Frescobaldi Rèmole 2009 Italy
  • Ogier Heritages Côte du Rhône 2009 France
  • Tormaresca Paiara Rosso 2009 Italy

Other Reds

  • Castillo de Monseran Old Vines Garnacha 2007 Spain
  • Henry’s Drive Vignerons Morse Code Shiraz 2009 Australia
  • Nicosia SpA Fondo Filara Nerello Mascalese 2008 Italy
  • Rigal The Original Malbec 2009 France
  • Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Warren Classic Pinot Noir 2010 Canada

White Wines


  • Calona Vineyards Artist Series Chardonnay 2010 Canada
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 Canada
  • Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Hob Nob Chardonnay 2009 France
  • Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Charlotte’s Chardonnay 2010 Canada


  • Angels Gate Winery Sussreserve Riesling 2009 Canada
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate Riesling 2008 Canada
  • Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
  • Barefoot Winery Pinot Grigio United States
  • Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2010 Canada
  • Montevina Winery Pinot Grigio 2010 United States
  • Peller Estates Okanagan Family Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada

Sauvignon Blanc

  • Legends Estates Winery Diva Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010 Canada
  • Rossendale Wines Cottesbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2011 New Zealand
  • Misiones de Rengo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Chile

Other Whites

  • Azienda Agricola Torre Varano Falanghina 2009 Italy
    Limnos Wines Muscat of Alexandria 2010 Greece
    Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2010 Canada
    Southbrook Vineyards Connect White 2010 Canada

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