TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - WineAlign, Canada's largest and most
popular online wine site, today announced the complete results of its
annual National wine competition.
The complete results of the National Wine Awards of Canada are now
posted on WineAlign at: http://www.winealign.com/awards. The results include all the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal
winners in several style and grape variety categories. Mission Hill Family Estate Winery has been named Winery of the Year based on a convincing haul of two
platinum, three gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
The National Wine Awards of Canada were judged in June in Niagara.
Sixteen independent wine critics gathered for five days to taste
through 1,081 wines grown and produced by over 150 wineries across
Canada, and released for sale in the calendar year 2013. The wines were
tasted blind, with the top scoring 22% of the entries going on to a
final round for a second evaluation.
The top scoring gold medalists were awarded a Platinum medal - the first
time such a level has been introduced in the judging of Canadian wine.
"I have been judging nationally since 2001" said co-head judge David
Lawrason, "and I've never seen such a high level of quality and so many
gold medals. It was time to raise the bar and reward the real
stand-outs with Platinum. They are the top 1%".
WineAlign was established in 2008 as wine review resource for consumers in
Ontario. It expanded to British Columbia earlier this year and will
launch in Quebec in the weeks ahead, with a French version of the
website called Chacun Son Vin. There are now over 15,000 wines reviewed on WineAlign, many with
multiple opinions from among the dozen professional critics, as well as
from consumers. The majority of wines are linked directly to the
inventories of provincial liquor boards so that consumers can locate
wines at their local wine store. WineAlign has had close to 1.3M
unique visitors in the last year.
In September WineAlign is holding its inaugural World Wine Awards of
Canada - The Worlds - to judge imported and Canadian wines being sold
for under $50 anywhere in the country.
Image with caption: "WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada 2013 logo (CNW Group/WineAlign)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130909_C5456_PHOTO_EN_30525.jpg
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