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.
You can follow the 2014 NWAC and our judges tweets from start to finish on Twitter @WineAlign and look for the hashtag #NWAC14 .
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)
The full list of judges will be announced soon.
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Questions or comments? Contact us: Awards@WineAlign.com