2017 Judges

Our judging panels are comprised of some of Canada’s leading wine writers, journalists, sommeliers, buyers and industry professionals. We also like to seek out new and emerging talent in the industry to be part of the judging team. The 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.

For the fourth year in a row, we are pleased to announce that acclaimed UK wine journalist Dr. Jamie Goode will be joining our panel of judges in Wolfville, NS.

Dr. Jamie Goode

Dr. Jamie Goode

You can follow the 2017 NWAC and our judges’ tweets from start to finish on Twitter @WineAlign and look for the hashtag #NWAC17.

Our Judging Process 

The judging is overseen by WineAlign principal critics and partners Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason.

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 on WineAlign.

Each wine earning the requisite points will get a medal.

Wines with the top scores in the entire awards will be awarded a Platinum medal (approximately 1% of the total entries). Gold medals = 90 – 100 points Silver medals = 88 – 89 points Bronze medals = 87 points

The 2017 Judges (in alphabetical order)


Co-Cheif Judges Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason

Michelle Bouffard
British Columbia
EAT, Exquis, My Wine Canada, Vitamin Daily, Curieux Bégin, CAPS-BC President
Follow on Twitter @michellebwine

Rémy Charest
WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Le Devoir, Punch Drink, Coup de Pouce, Wine Enthusiast, Châtelaine, Le Journal de Montréal, Cellier
Follow on Twitter @RemyCharest

Sara d’Amato
WineAlign, Chatelaine
Follow on Twitter @SaradAmato

Dr. Janet Dorozynski
Follow on Twitter @WineTrackMind

Nadia Fournier
WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Guide du Vin, L’actualité
Follow on Twitter @NadiaFournier

Anthony Gismondi
British Columbia
Co-Chief Judge
WineAlign, Vancouver Sun, Gismondi on Wine
Follow on Twitter @TheSpitter

Michael Godel
WineAlign, godello.com, Wine Director at Barque Smokehouse
Follow on Twitter @mgodello

Dr. Jamie Goode
United Kingdom
Author, The Sunday Express, wineanorak.com
Follow on Twitter @JamieGoode

DJ Kearney
British Columbia
Wine and Spirits Education Trust, Vancouver Magazine
Follow on Twitter @djwines

David Lawrason
Co-Chief Judge
WineAlign, Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine
Follow on Twitter @DavidLawrason

Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Winnipeg Free Press
Follow on Twitter @bensigurdson

Sharon McLean
British Columbia
Cru Consultancy
Follow on Twitter @urban_vines

Rhys Pender, MW
British Columbia
Wine Plus+
Follow on Twitter @WinePlus

Moira Peters
Nova Scotia
Local Xpress, Sommelier Society of America, CAPS – Atlantic, Co-Author (Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada)
Follow on Twitter @unwinedwmoira

Craig Pinhey
New Brunswick
Telegraph Journal, East Coast Living, TAPS Magazine, Progress, Co-Author (Wine Lover’s Guide to Atlantic Canada)
Follow on Twitter @frogspadca

Will Predhomme
Sommelier, Educator, Predhomme.ca
Follow on Twitter @WillPredhomme

Heather Rankin
Nova Scotia
Obladee Wine Bar
Follow on Twitter @curlyluddite

Treve Ring
British Columbia
WineAlign, Gismondi On Wine, Meininger’s Wine Business, SIP Northwest, Scout, Quench
Follow on Twitter @Treve_Ring

Brad Royale
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts
Follow on Twitter @BradRoyale

David Scholefield
British Columbia

John Szabo, MS
WineAlign, Author (Volcanic Wines, Salt, Grit and Power)
Follow on Twitter @JohnSzabo

Bill Zacharkiw
WineAlign, Chacun son Vin, Montreal Gazette, CHOM FM
Follow on Twitter @BillZacharkiw

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