All Canadian Wine Championships - Regional Diversity in all Canadian Wine Regions Shines Through at the 2009 ACWC

    WINDSOR, ON, May 15 /CNW/ - Over the past week, thirty wine writers,
sommeliers, and industry professionals from across Canada and the U.S.,
including such talents as Shari Darling, Larry Paterson, Will Predhomme,
Michael Pinkus, Sheila Swerling-Puritt and Adam Dial, met in Windsor, Ontario
to judge the 28th annual All Canadian Wine Championships. A total of 1071
wines were submitted from 173 wineries covering Ontario, British Columbia,
Quebec, Alberta and Atlantic Canada, setting another new record for the
country's oldest and largest wine competition.
    As in previous years the judges were impressed with the quality of
submissions in many categories. Also the organizers were pleased that once
again all the wine regions represented in the judging fared well, with
significant medals and trophies in all categories being awarded from coast to
    In a country as large, and with as much diversity, as Canada, it is truly
exciting to watch as each region develops its own identity. Indeed, although
all areas had many successes in a variety of categories, it seemed apparent
that Ontario's whites, British Columbia's reds, and hybrids and fruit wines
from the Maritimes and especially Quebec were notable.
    This year the ACWC followed up the competition with its third annual
"Passport to Canada" wine and cheese tasting, to benefit and assist in the
Cornerstone of Caring project for Windsor Regional Hospital. The organizers
were thrilled with the success of this year's affair and the estimated 650
enthusiastic wine lovers in attendance all left clamoring for information on
next year's event.
    The following is a short list of the 5 major trophies from the 2009 All
Canadian Wines Championships.

    2009 All Canadian Wine Championships

    Trophy Winners

    Best Red Wine of the Year
    Church and State Wines, BC     2006 Quintessential            $50.00

    Best White Wine of the Year
    Lang Vineyards, BC             2007 Riesling Farm Reserve     $19.90

    Best Sparkling Wine of the Year
    Peller Estates Winery, ON      Peller Estates Ice Cuvee Rose  $35.00

    Best Dessert Wine of the Year
    Sponsored by Ontario Viniculture Association
    Pentage Winery, BC             2007 Ice Wine                  $55.45

    Best Fruit Wine of the Year
    Sponsored by Ontario Viniculture Association
    La Face Cache de la Pomme, PQ  2007 Frimas Ice Cider          $39.87

For further information:

For further information: Bev Carnahan, Director, All Canadian Wine
Championships, Windsor, ON,

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