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.
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