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Local winemaker wins gold medal

Glen Ogren receives award at international amateur wine competition
Glen Ogren holds a bottle of his award-winning 2012 Liebfraumilch white wine.

Hope is growing a reputation worldwide for craft winemaking.

Glen Ogren of Hope Brewing Company recently won a gold medal at the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. He received recognition for his 2012 Liebfraumilch in a White Vinifera Blends category which had 141 entries.

“This is the largest competition in the world for craft winemakers,” said Ogren, who also won a 2011 bronze medal for his 2010 Cellar Craft Showcase Chilean Carménère.

“They get entries from all over the world. To be recognized by them is quite an honour and it adds to the knowledge that you’re doing things right.”

From April 19-21, a record 4,564 different wines were judged at the 2013 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition in Burlington, Vermont. Judging panels worked through 923 flights, examining each wine using the UC-Davis 20-point wine scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression.

“Our wine was sent about four months after we made it, and it was consumed two months after that,” said Ogren. “This was the perfect aging for that wine.”

This year was the largest WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition in its 11-year history. Entries arrived from hobby winemakers throughout North America and as far away as Italy and Australia.

For more information on Hope Brewing Company wines, visit or call 604-869-7582.