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Penticton winery’s red wine blend deemed best in Canada

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A Penticton winery’s Merlot blend has earned the title of “wine of the year” by a prestigious U.K. publication.

Painted Rock Estate Winery announced that its 2017 Red Icon has been included in Decanter Magazine's January 2021 edition as a "Wine of the Year” and was the only Canadian wine to be selected. Founded in 1975, Decanter is the oldest consumer wine publication in the U.K. and is a world-leading wine media brand, according to the publication’s website.

Decanter asked their experts from around the world, and the Decanter team, to nominate wines that impressed them most in 2020. The trio of judges blind-tasted the wines and the results revealed that the merlot blend was one of their favourites, according to the winery’s Facebook page.

"I was…really excited by the Canadian Merlot blend - an outstanding red with great elegance and intensity," said judge Beth Willard.

Scoring out of 100, judge Andy Howard gave it 96, judge Ronan Sayburn gave it 94 points and Willard gave it 96.

“In addition to the Decanter team, we would like to thank our Painted Rock team whose hard work made this possible: our winemaker Gabriel Reis, winemaking consultant Alain Sutre, and our vineyard team, led by Barry Green,” according to the winery's Facebook post.

A bottle of 2017 Red Icon costs $59.99.

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