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At the second annual Judgement of Kingston wine tasting event, locally-made wines did very well in a comparison with wines from Burgundy, one of the world's most lauded wine producing regions.
An independent panel of judges (Dr Jamie Goode, Carolyn Hammond, Veronique Rivest and Christopher Waters) scored the 2012 Domaine Drohin Laroze Gevrey Chambertin as the top wine in this blind tasting event with a 2011 Domaine Thenard Givry Cellier Aux Moines coming second and The County's Stanner's 2014 Vineyard Barrel Select Pinot Noir third.
The tasting public picked another French wine as their first choice - the 2012 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny Les Beaunes Les Peuillets, with the second going to the Domaine Thenard and the third to The County's Exultet Estates 2013 "Beloved" Pinot Noir.
As part of the event, a "silent auction" of wine and wine-related items was held raising $3,000 for the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Kingston.
Clark Day (Chef Clark Day) has run some of Kingston's best dining rooms including Clark's on King, Aqua Terra, and now the Bayview Farm Restaurant.
Carolyn Evans Hammond is the wine columnist for The Toronto Star and Star Touch. Her work is syndicated through a number of other daily papers. As well as penning a weekly column, The Wine Find, she contributes seasonally to Taste Magazine in British Columbia.
Jamie Goode, PhD, is a London-based wine writer, lecturer and author who started wineanorak.com, one of the world's most popular wine websites. A columnist for The Sunday Express, Jamie writes regularly for The World of Fine Wine, Meininger's Wine Business International, Noble Rot, Wine & Spirits and Drinks International. He has recently been a keynote speaker for the Cool Climate Wine Symposium and is prolific on Twitter (@jamiegoode) and Instagram (@drjamiegoode).
Veronique Rivest. Distinguished as Canada's Best Sommelier in 2006 and again in 2012, and as Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2012, Veronique placed in the top twelve at The World's Best Sommelier Competition, in 2007 and 2010. In March 2013 she was the first woman to make the podium at the World's Best Sommelier Competition, in Tokyo, taking 2nd place, the highest ranking ever for a sommelier from North America. In 2014, Veronique opened the SOIF Wine Bar in Gatineau, Quebec. She is also a columnist for La Presse and a wine advisor for Air Canada.
Christopher Waters is editor and co-founder of VINES Magazine and author of a weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, syndicated through the Postmedia Network. He has been head judge and organizer of the InterVin International Wine Awards since 2009 and is a WSET-certified instructor at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University.
Kim (Dr. Kim Meathrel M.D.) is a local surgeon, a graduate of the University of California Davis winemakers program, Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, and owner of Decantress Wine and Spirits Education.
Chris Whyman (Kingston Town Crier) has held his position since 1984 and is a three-time winner of the Town Crier World Championships.