There are subtle changes to our panel each year but for the most part the judges comprised of some of Canada’s leading wine writers, journalists, sommeliers, buyers and industry professionals. The competition also seeks out new and emerging talent in the industry to be part of the panel. This blend of experience and enthusiasm, brought by judges from many regions across Canada, ensures a comprehensive view of the wine world’s most current state. This year special guest judge and international wine writer Jamie Goode, will also be on hand to help us choose Canada’s top wines.
Our Judging Process
All competition wines are blind-tasted and judged in categories according to varietal or style, not by region, using the same 100-point system as used by WineAlign.
Our panels consists of Canada’s top wine writers, educators and judges who taste wine from around the world and across Canada. There are no Canadian winemakers on the panel.
Each wine earning the requisite points will get a medal.
Exceptional wines. Approximately one percent of the total entries, and among those scoring 90 points or more will be awarded a Platinum medal. Gold medals = 90 – 100 points Silver medals = 88 – 89 points Bronze medals = 87 points
The 2014 Judges (in no particular order)
WineAlign, Vancouver Sun
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WineAlign, Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine
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WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Montreal Gazette, CHOM FM
Follow on Twitter @BillZacharkiw
John Szabo, MS
WineAlign, City Bites
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WineAlign, EAT Magazine, Sip
Follow on Twitter @Treve_Ring
Wine and Spirits Education Trust
Follow on Twitter @djwines
Global Practice Lead – Canadian Wine at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Follow on Twitter @WineTrackMind
WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Cellier (SAQ) , Guide Hachette
Follow on Twitter @MarcChapleau
WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Palate Press, The Wine Case, CJAD 800AM
Follow on Twitter @RemyCharest
Rhys Pender, MW
Follow on Twitter @WinePlus
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Wine Director, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts
Follow on Twitter @BradRoyale
Follow on Twitter @EdmontonWineGuy
Questions or comments? Contact us: Awards@WineAlign.com