TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - WineAlign, Canada's largest online wine site, has published the results of the 2014 World Wine Awards of Canada.
The World Wine Awards of Canada were held in August in Toronto, Ontario. Close to 1,100 wines were tasted by an extensive panel of the most respected wine writers, wine critics, retail buyers, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wines in Canada. In all, 20 judges spent five days blind tasting the wines before recognising the very best with Category Champions, Top Values, Best Of Country and Judges' Choice awards. The complete results are available online at WineAlign.com/Awards.
The World Wine Awards of Canada (WWAC) held annually, is open to both imported and domestic wines for sale in Canada, provided the wine sells for less than $50 somewhere in the country. Blind judgings are remarkable opportunities for unknown wines to make their mark. Wines are tasted in three price categories based on the lowest selling price in Canada. These are: Under $15, from $15 to $25 and from $25 to $50.
"The 'Worlds' works because it is conceived to uncover the best value wines selling wines in Canada under $50 in a manner no other competition does", said Anthony Gismondi, Co-Head Judge and principal at WineAlign. "The tastings are computerized from start to finish allowing wineries, agents or retailers to enter, pay, and eventually track their results online. The same software allows us to build panels and flights of wine and then assign those wines to various panels all in an unbiased fashion, before they are served to our highly experienced tasters, blind."
After a week of tasting and contemplation the judges issued 40 Category Champions, 29 Top Values Awards and 13 Best of Country awards. Complete results at WineAlign.com/Awards.
"We were pleased with the number of entries in this year's competition, an increase of over 10% from last year," said Bryan McCaw, founder of WineAlign. "The Worlds are a unique competition, where results are based on the most objective and professional judging process in the country. For our part each wine submitted is added to the WineAlign database and visible to the 1.5M unique visitors to WineAlign in perpetuity. Winning wines are also recognized with virtual medals, making it easier for wine drinkers to identify the top wines. Plus, with our recent site translation and expansion into Quebec under Chacun Son Vin, we expect our audience to grow to 2 million plus in the next 12 months."
Link to some background pictures from the awards: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6ay5lffylfwvxbf/AABW1g_91HA6U_FcLhJ6rF94a?dl=0
The following video provides a behind the scenes look at the comprehensive and rigorous judging process behind the wine awards: http://www.winealign.com/blog/2014/07/15/behind-the-scenes-at-that-winealign-National-wine-awards-of-canada-2014/
WineAlign is Canada's largest wine site and is a free, community-based service for reviewing, sharing and discovering wine. WineAlign works with top wine critics to provide a resource for consumers to find the best wines at the LCBO, BCVQA and BCLBD stores. WineAlign also recently expanded into Quebec with a French version under the Chacun Son Vin brand. WineAlign, which is growing rapidly with over 1.5M unique annual visitors, answers the question: What wine do I buy? It combines reviews from top-critics and community members to create an objective resource to help users find great wine. WineAlign runs two major wine awards annually, the National Wine Awards of Canada and the World Wine Awards of Canada. WineAlign is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WineAlign and on Twitter @WineAlign and @ChacunSonVin .
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For further information: Press Contact: Bryan McCaw, WineAlign, T: +1 416-258-7315, E: Bryan@WineAlign.com