Cawston winery wins gold

Orofino winery's 2009 syrah beat out 28 other wines.

Orofino’s 2009 Syrah won first place out of 28 other wines.

Orofino’s 2009 Syrah won first place out of 28 other wines.

Cawston’s Orofino winery won first place at a competition between Canada’s best chefs.

The 2009 Orofino syrah beat out 28 other wines at the Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships held in Kelowna from Feb. 10 to 11.

“It is quite an honour for our Similkameen winery to be chosen as the gold medalist at this event, especially now that it was judged by some of the best palates in the country.”

This was their first crop of syrah.

“We are very excited about syrah and its potential here in the Similkameen. These types of accolades bode well for future vintages.”

This is the Orofino’s second win at the Golden Medal Plates. They won top wine for their 2009 Riesling last October.

“We like to think of the Similkameen wine region as a hidden gem,” said Sara Harker, Similkameen Wineries Association present.

“With wines like this, expect this hidden gem to be discovered by a lot more people.”