1,100 Wines From Across the Country Compete in the National Wine Awards of Canada
This week, in the heart of Wine Country Ontario, seventeen Canadian wine experts are blind juding 1,100 wines from across the country at the first annual National Wine Awards of Canada (#NWAC13 on Twitter). Hosted by WineAlign.com – Canada’s largest online wine site – the awards are running through June 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Wines from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia are entered in the competition.
”The National Wine Awards of Canada brings together the best collection of Canadian wines and Canadian wine critics under one roof,” says Anthony Gismondi, co-head judge and a WineAlign principal critic. “The competition presents an annual snapshot of the state of Canadian wine. The results are an invaluable guide for consumers and producers when it comes to finding out who is making the best wine in the country.”
The panel of judges consists of respected Canadian wine critics, writers, educators and judges from six provinces, known for their extensive experience tasting wines both on the international stage and across the country. Judging is overseen by co-head judges and WineAlign principal critics, Anthony Gismondi – Vancouver (WineAlign, Vancouver Sun) and David Lawrason – Toronto (WineAlign, Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine).
Judges include John Szabo – Toronto Master Sommelier (WineAlign, City Bites); Margaret Swaine – Toronto (WineAlign, National Post, Gault Millau); Bill Zacharkiw – Montreal (WineAlign, Montreal Gazette); Steve Thurlow – Toronto (WineAlign, Wine for Life); Sara d’Amato – Toronto (WineAlign); Janet Dorozynski – Ottawa (WineAlign, Global Practice Lead – Canadian Wine at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada); Nadia Fournier – Montreal (Le Guide du Vin Montreal, L’actualité); Rémy Charest – Quebec City (Palate Press, The Wine Case); Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson – Winnipeg (Winnipeg Free Press); DJ Kearney – Vancouver (Vancouver Magazine, Educator – Wine and Spirits Education Trust); Treve Ring (EAT Magazine); Rhys Pender MW – Cawston (Wine Plus+); Craig Piney (CBC Radio, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal); Tom Firth (Cowtown Wine, City Palate Magazine, Avenue Calgary); Gurvinder Bhatia (Edmonton Journal); and, Jessica Bryans – Vancouver (Beverage Purchasing Manager for the Joey Restaurant Group).
WineAlign is a free community-based service that enables consumers to review, share and discover wine. Launched in December 2008 in collaboration with several top wine critics, WineAlign is a rapidly growing resource that serves the needs of over 1.1 million unique annual visitors looking to find the best wines at the LCBO and BCLDB. WineAlign answers the question, “What wine do I buy?” It combines reviews from top-critics and community members to create an objective resource to help users find great wine. For wine lovers outside of Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, WineAlign provides the most comprehensive wine resource, including reviews of the latest wines and vintages from some of the country’s top sommeliers and wine critics. WineAlign is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WineAlign and on Twitter @WineAlign.