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C.C. Jentsch Syrah Tops Reds in “Judgement of BC” 

2013 Syrah beats out internationals to take top red wine. 


Oliver, BC (August 27th, 2015) The 2013 Syrah from C.C. Jentsch Cellars was the top scoring red in a blind tasting dubbed the “Judgement of BC” held in Vancouver on August 25th. 12 wines (6 Syrah and 6 Chardonnay) from B.C. and 12 “acknowledged global benchmark” wines were tasted blind by a professional tasting panel that included famed British wine critic and consulting editor of Decanter Magazine Steven Spurrier along with a group of esteemed Canadian wine experts including John Schreiner, Barbara Philip MW, David Scholefield, Kurtis Kolt, and Treve Ring. C.C. Jentsch’s 2013 Syrah came out in first place in the Syrah category, beating out syrahs from Australia’s Barossa Valley and France’s Cornas in the northern Rhone Valley – the traditional home of Syrah.  

The 2013 Syrah has had an amazing year in attracting accolades after finishing in the top one percent of wines nationally by taking a Platinum Award at the National Wine Awards less than a month ago in July. Winery owner Chris Jentsch is thrilled with the performance of Syrah as well as the other varieties in his Golden Mile vineyard. “I am very pleased that British Columbia has the world’s attention and that we are a region that produces first class wines. We live in the most beautiful and diverse place on the planet.” Jentsch credits the skills of the production team for the recognition that his wines are now attracting. “Betty and I are extremely proud of our team. From the vineyard guys - Jose, Dennis, David and myself to our winemaker, Amber Pratt. And let us not forget Michael and Gord in the wineshop.” 

In 1976 Spurrier organized what became a famous tasting which pitted American wines against French wines in a blind tasting. Judged by French wine critics and industry personnel, it became known as the “Judgement of Paris”, after the title of the article in the June 7, 1976 issue of Time magazine by George Taber that detailed the results of the tasting. Taber’s book of the same name later loosely inspired the Hollywood movie “Bottle Shock”. The results of the Judgment of Paris revolutionized the wine world and brought California’s wine industry acceptance as a quality wine-producing region on par with classic European regions.  


About C.C. Jentsch Cellars 

Growing up in the Okanagan, Chris Jentsch continued the fruit-growing tradition of his family by growing apples and cherries before planting his first grapevines in 1999. The current 63–acre vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench was planted beginning in 2005. After the 2010 Testalinden Creek debris flow destroyed his house, Chris began to get into the wine industry. He converted his packing house, which had been spared from the debris flow by mere inches, into a winery and began making wine in the 2012 vintage. Winemaker Amber Pratt, also a native of BC, joined Chris soon after right in time to work on the 2013 vintage. 


Media Contact: Chris Jentsch 

(250) 498-7873 or jentsch@eastlink.ca 


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4522 Hwy 97, Oliver, BC 



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