Canadian barrel price sets record

A barrel of Nota Bene wine from the Black Hills Estate Winery in British Columbia fetched $19,000 at auction.

The wine was sold to an anonymous bidder at the recent "Going Once, Going Twice" wine auction in Penticton, BC, which raised $58,000 for the oenology and viticulture program at Okanagan College.

The $19,000 is believed to be a Canadian record. One barrel is approximately the equivalent of 25 cases, or 300 bottles, of wine. Nota Bene is a blend of 47% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot and 16% cabernet franc. It is 14.7% alcohol by volume.

Black Hills was founded in 1996 by Bob and Senka Tennant and Peter and Susan McCarrell who purchased 34 acres south of Oliver, BC. They then imported and planted 36,000 vines from Europe -- cab sauvignon, cab franc, merlot, pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

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