BC Wine named Best Malbec at USA Wine Comp

Church & State Wines is proud to announce its 2012 Coyote Bowl Mablec has been awarded the title of Best Malbec at the San Francisco International Wine Competition – North America’s largest and most influential international wine competition. Fielding over 5000 entries from dozens of countries around the world, the Coyote Bowl Malbec was awarded 96 points and declared the Best Malbec at this years competition.

Celebrating its 35th year in 2015, the San Francisco International Wine Competition – the largest, most influential international wine competition in America – is judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure, ensuring competitive integrity, as it remains the nation’s most respected wine competition.

This tremendous accolade follows the 2011 vintage, also awarded 96 points and Best Canadian Wine at the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, also amongst the most stringently judged competitions on the continent.

This groundbreaking award follows the five Canada’s Best Red Wine awards bestowed upon the winery since 2009, as well as three Canada’s Best White Blend awards since 2012. Other award-winning wines of note include the Bordeaux-style blend Quintessential, Coyote Bowl Syrah, Coyote Bowl Chardonnay, the Rhone-style blend Trebella and and the extremely provocative Lost Inhibitions series.

Church & State Wines was founded by Kim Pullen in 2004, and farms 125 acres of estate vineyard land in the South Okanagan and a further 10 acre estate on Vancouver Island. The winery operates two winery facilities, on the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, BC and in Brentwood Bay, BC.

Explore the 7 Wineries of Langley

When most people think of wine country and rolling vineyards, they immediately think of Napa Valley in California, or Tuscany in Italy.  Not a lot of people know that you can take a quick 45 minute drive outside the city and experience charming wineries full of great stories and delicious BC wine.

Opening up the gates to Langley Wineries

Opening up the gates to Langley Wineries

Explore the 7 Wineries of Langley:

Township 7 Vineyard & Winery is one of two locations in BC. Check out their brand new modern tasting bar, and ask to try their winemaker’s specialty, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Be sure to visit their website, as this winery constantly has special events happening at their Langley location including grape stomps in the fall.

Township 7

Relax with a glass of wine at the fire pit at Township 7

Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery is the oldest and largest winery of them all. If you are looking for a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner, check out Bacchus Bistro which opens up and overlooks the vineyard.

Domaine de Chaberton

Domaine de Chaberton Tasting Room

Vista D’oro Farms & Winery is one of the prettiest wineries I have ever visited. Starting off producing delicious jams, husband and wife duo now make great wines at their family farm. Be sure to taste their flagship D’oro-fortified walnut wine. Bring your empty picnic basket to their wine shop and fill it up with goodies, grab a bottle of wine, then take a seat in their beautiful picnic area, or underneath the walnut tree.

Vista D'oro

Picnic area at Vista D’oro

Backyard Vineyards (formerly known as Neck of the Woods) instantly makes you feel right at home. With friendly staff, a comfortable atmosphere, and delicious, affordable wines, you won’t be disappointed in your visit. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their sparkling wine Blanc de Noir Brut (only $22.99 a bottle!), or noisy neighbor white and/or red blend (only $14.99 a bottle!).

Sparkling wine at Backyard Vineyards

Sparkling wine at Backyard Vineyards

Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery lives by a simple motto “Bonus Vita et Bonus Amici” which means Good Life and Good Friends. Carlos Lee produces chemical-free wines from grapes out of the Okanagan Valley. If you love high quality red wines, this is the place to stock up and get some great bottles for your wine cellar.

A view for miles at Blackwood Lane's picnic area

A view for miles at Blackwood Lane’s picnic area

Krause Berry Farm & Estate Winery started off as a family-run fruit farm, and this year decided to turn that delicious BC fruit into wine. Be sure to “saddle up” at the tasting bar and start off with a glass of strawberry sparkling wine, or try a wine-a-Rita. Allow for extra time at this winery because there are tons of fun activities for everyone around the farm- from U-pick, to a petting farm, to a market with home-made bread and pies.

The picnic area at Krause Berry Farms

The picnic area at Krause Berry Farms

Fort Wine Co. is located just outside of Fort Langley. This winery only produces fruit wines, and is known for their cranberry or blueberry wine. If you call ahead, be sure to ask for a cheese platter or house-made sangria.

Pick up a passport at the winery or participating hotels, receive all 7 stamps from each location, and have a chance to win some incredible prizes.  For more information, check out Langley Passport.   

Langley Passport

Collect all your stamps on the Langley Passport