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The Taste of Gold: Tightrope Claims More National Wine Honours

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The Taste of Gold: Tightrope Claims More National Wine Honours

The Taste of Gold: Tightrope Claims More National Wine Honours

Aug 7, 2019

Naramata, BC (August 7, 2019) – Tightrope Winery has picked up where it left off in 2018, winning a total of twelve medals at the annual WineAlign National Wine Awards. Blind judging was held in June in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Taking gold were the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Thomas Vineyard, of which judge Michael Godel writes, “may just be one of closest Bordeaux ringers made anywhere in Canada”; and the 2017 Chardonnay, which judge Bruce Wallner describes as “tangerine and peach followed by sourdough bread and riverstone”.

Silvers went to the 2018 Pinot Gris and the 2017 Vertigo. Bronze medals were awarded to the 2016 and 2017 Pinots Noirs, 2017 Syrah, 2018 Rosé, 2016 Equipoise, 2018 Tip-Toe, 2018 Riesling and 2017 Viognier.

As well, Tightrope was rated #10 Small Winery in Canada and #25 on the list of Top Wineries in Canada.

These latest accolades come as Tightrope releases its latest wines from the 2018 vintage: the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Tip-Toe and Riesling.

The WineAlign National Awards come on top of 2018’s amazing success in competitions, in which Tightrope earned 42 medals in five competitions, and received Honourable Mention for Winery of the Year at the Intervin International Wine Awards.

This year, the prestige is even greater, as in May, the Naramata Bench, the benchland region between Penticton Creek and Okanagan Mountain Park, on the east side of Okanagan Lake, was granted sub-appellation status, meeting the requirements of the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation.

"Since its inception, Tightrope Winery has focused on making wine from grapes grown on the Naramata Bench,” says Lyndsay O’Rourke, Tightrope vintner, who owns the winery along with husband and viticulturist Graham. “Now, with the recognition of the Naramata Bench as a sub-GI (sub-Geographical Indication, or sub-appellation), we can finally put that on the bottle. It’s a very exciting time for us.”

It is now six years since Lyndsay and Graham O’Rourke struck out on their own and developed Tightrope Winery. The couple are not just owners, but are hands-on producers, formally educated in viticulture and oenology. They studied first at Okanagan University College (now part of the University of British Columbia) and then at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Now, Graham works the land as the viticulturist, producing the grapes Lyndsay needs as vintner.
Tightrope wines are available in private liquor stores around British Columbia, or shipped direct via the Walk the Wire Wine Club.


About Tightrope Winery: Tightrope Winery sits on 10 acres on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, where the complex soil is ideal for growing Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Barbera, Viognier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Supplementing its own grapes with those from other vineyards on the Naramata Bench, Tightrope produces up to 4,500 cases of wine a year.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact Drew Snider [email protected]

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