A: YES!  In fact, in the past five years Conner’s Wine Cellar owners Calvin and Carole Quaite have won 71 medals in local, regional, national, and international amateur wine making and beer making competitions – more than almost any other U-Vin in British Columbia.  We take our beer and wine making extremely seriously, and believe that we must continuously put our product to the test if we want to maintain the loftily high quality that our customers have come to expect.

– Chilliwack Progress readers voted Conner’s Wine Cellar “Chilliwack’s Best U-Vin” in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 A-List Reader’s Choice Awards!

– Conner’s Wine Cellar was awarded RJS Craft Wine Making Academy membership in 2010.  Of over 1000 Brew on Premise and Homebrew Supply shops in Canada, less than 10% were hand picked for Academy membership.

– In August 2011, Conner’s Wine Cellar was awarded an RJS Academy Award for Excellence in Consumer Experience for their dramatic store transformation and commitment to the customer.   This prestigious award has only been bestowed on the top 0.5% of U-Vins in Canada.

We decided early on to only shoot for the stars, which is why we enter our wine in the World’s Largest, most elite and internationally well known wine competition for non-commercial wine makers – The WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition.

Here are our 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008  results:

May 18th, 2013:
WineMaker International – 4,564 Total Entries Judged at Burlington, Vermont
GOLD : 2010 Vineco Kenridge Founder’s Series Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, oak  barrel aged
BRONZE: 2011 RJ Spagnols En Primeur Hightail Okanagan Chardonnay
BRONZE: 2009 RJ Spagnols Cellar classic Winery Series Australian Meritage
BRONZE: 2012 Vineco Legacy Primo Rosso
BRONZE: 2012 Cellar Craft Porto Corinto
BRONZE: 2012 RJ Spagnols Cru Select Toasted Caramel Port
BRONZE: 2010 RJ Spagnols Cru Select Apple Tatin White Port
BRONZE: 2012 RJ Spagnols Cru Select Coffee Port

 

May 5th, 2012:
BCAWA Provincial Competition
Bronze: Other Dry Red Grape Category
Bronze: Malt Focused Beer
Bronze: Belgian & Wheat Beer
Silver: Hop Focused Beer (IPA)
Silver: Hop Focused Beer (ESB)
Silver: Light Beer
Gold: Roasted Smoked Beer 

April 21, 2012:
VAWA 2012 Winemaker and Beermaker competition
Bronze: Aromatic White 2009 100% Riesling grape
Bronze: 2012 American West Coast IPA, All Chinook hopping BJCP=14B
Silver: 2011 English Pale Ale (ESB), All Marris Otter Malt BJCP=8C
Silver: 2012 Peated Scottish/Rauchbier BJCP=22B   Best in Class
Bronze: 2011 Baltic Porter BJCP=12C
Gold: 2011 Traditional Irish Stout BJCP=13A   Best in Class
Awarded VAWA 2012 “Beer Maker of the Year” 

February 2012:
Saanich Sommeliers 2012 Annual Beer and Wine competition
Silver: Czech Pilsner
Silver: Irish Stout
Silver: Baltic Porter
Silver: Belgian Wit

May 22-23, 2011 :
WineMaker International – 4,235 Total Entries Judged at Santa Barbara, California

Silver:Nero D’Avola 2008
Silver:South African Cabernet Franc Merlot 2010
Silver:Okanagan Valley Red Meritage 2009
Silver:White Chocolate White Port 2008
Silver:Apple Tatin White Port 2010
Bronze: German Muller-Thurgau 2010
Bronze: Australian Meritage 2009

February 19th, 2011 :
Calvin Quaite won two BRONZE medals in the Invitational category at the Chilliwack Zymurgy Wine Maker Awards Ceremony for a Marachel Foch that he grows in his back yard, and for a fresh juice Reisling fermented at home.

April 16-18, 2010 :
WineMaker International – 4,508 Total Entries Judged at the Equinox Resort, Manchester, Vermont

GOLD: RJS Cru Select Restricted Quantity Spanish Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
GOLD: RJS Cru Select Specialty Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Style 2008
SILVER: RJS En Primeur High Tail Washington …Pinot Gris 2008
SILVER: RJS Cru Select Orange Blossom Muscat 2008
BRONZE: RJS En Primeur Talagante Chilean Merlot 2007
BRONZE: RJS Cru Select White Chocolate Port 2008
BRONZE: RJS Cru Select Orange Chocolate Port 2008
BRONZE: RJS Cru Select Specialty Cream Style Sherry 2009

April 2009 :
WineMaker International – 4,474 entries from 49 states, 8 provinces, Australia, Italy, and Israel were judged in Vermont

Category: Port Style
GOLD MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select White Chocolate White Port 2008

Category: Other White Vinifera Blends
SILVER MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select RQ Australian Viognier Pinot Gris 2008

Category: Red Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
SILVER MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select RQ Chilean Cabernet Malbec Carmenere 2008

Category: Red or White Vinifera Late Harvest and Ice Wine
GOLD MEDAL: Pat and Terry Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select Orange Blossom Muscat 2007

Category: Red or White Vinifera Late Harvest and Ice Wine
GOLD MEDAL: Pat and Terry Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2007

Category: Port Style
SILVER MEDAL: Pat and Terry Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJ Spagnols Cru Select Orange Chocolate Port 2007

April 18-20, 2008:
WineMaker International – Over 4,300 entries from around the world were judged in Vermont

Category: Red or White Vinifera Late Harvest Ice Wines
SILVER MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJSpagnols Cru Select Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2007

Category: Port Style
SILVER MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJSpagnols Cru Select Orange Chocolate Pot 2007

Category: Other Red Vinifera Varietals
BRONZE MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJSpagnols Cru Select RQ Australian Bush Vine Grenache 2007

Category: Other Red Vinifera Blends
BRONZE MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJSpagnols En Primeur Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007

Category: Red Table Wine Blends
BRONZE MEDAL: Calvin and Carole Quaite – Chilliwack, BC
100% RJSpagnols Cellar Classic Winery Series Rosso Grande Eccellente 2007

 

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