1100 Wines From Across the Country at the National Wine Awards of Canada

This week, in the heart of Wine Country Ontario, seventeen Canadian wine experts are blind judging 1,100 wines from across the country at the first annual WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada (#NWAC13 on Twitter). The competition is 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.

”The National Wine Awards of Canada brings together the best 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.”


Judging Panel

Judging Panel

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).

Volunteers and Wines

Over 3,500 wine bottles

All medal winners will be notified within a few weeks of the awards. The Rosé results will be released in August as a prelude to the early September announcement of all medals and the Canadian Winery of the Year. Those interested in the National Wine Awards of Canada can follow the judges, see their reactions to all the wines, and gain insights into the week’s activities via the Twiiter #NWAC13.

Sponsors and partners in this year’s National Wine Awards of Canada include Host Partner Wine Country Ontario, Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake, ContainerWorld Forwarding Services Inc. and Borderline Systems, photographer Jason Dziver and Fortessa Canada, Inc., providers of the Schott Zwiesel stemware used during judging.

Notes to Editors: Contact [email protected] to coordinate an interview with Anthony Gismondi. A photo for this press release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwired. Additional award photos are available on Dropbox (click here for the link or visit http://sqz.co/Zd39Aio) for new photos being released throughout the week.