Township 7’s winemaker Mary McDermott, left, and general manager Mike Raffan, centre, accepted the award for Best in Class for their Polaris sparkling wine on Monday from Rachel Davey, the director of the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship on Monday. (Submitted Image)

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery win Best Canadian Sparkling Wine at world championships

The 2016 Polaris also took Best in Class Canadian Blanc de Blanc.

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery was awarded the Best Canadian Sparkling Wine at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London England on Monday, Nov 4.

Township 7’s Polaris 2016 sparkling wine earned them the award, and it was not the first recognition from the CSWWC. This summer, it was also honoured with a gold and Best in Class for Canadian Blanc de Blanc on Monday.

Winemaker Mary McDermott, Township 7 Vineyards and Winery said, “this honour demonstrates the incredible terroir of B.C. and its ability to produce distinctive world-class wine. We’re proud to be named not only Best Sparkling in Canada but also to be in such stellar company of global champagne powerhouses. Polaris was a finalist in both the Classic Blanc de Blancs category and in the Supreme World Champion category, with Champagne Palmer and Co and Dom Pérignon ultimately winning those titles.”

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The competing wines are sampled in a blind taste test that pits the best of the world against one another.

“We’re blown away to receive this honour for Polaris at the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world,” said Mike Raffan, general manager for the winery. “Township 7’s sparkling program began two decades ago with our inaugural vintage of Seven Stars 1999 and we’re thrilled with the reception of our cuvées over that time. With Mary’s extensive expertise in traditional method wines we’re excited to continue this sparkling future adding other bubbly to the Seven Stars collection in the coming years.”

Township 7’s Seven Stars collection includes a family of five cuvées. This year the winery released 2016 Seven Stars Polaris, its flagship blanc de blanc; 2016 Seven Stars Eclipse, a chardonnay with a complex dosage, and 2015 Seven Stars Equinox, a sparkling rosé. Polaris is a traditional method wine crafted from chardonnay grapes. Only 598 six bottle cases made. It is available at Township 7 and online.

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