|Gold||Rosehall Run “JCR” Chardonnay, 2016||VQA Prince Edward County|
|Silver||Keint-He “Greer Road” Chardonnay, 2014||VQA Prince Edward County|
|Bronze||CheckMate Artisanal Winery “Little Pawn” Chardonnay, 2014||Okanagan Valley, BC VQA|
At the 3rd annual Judgement of Kingston wine tasting event, organized by The Royal Winers with the assistance of Tourism Kingston, locally-made wines excelled in comparison to some great wines from British Columbia’s Okanagan valley. An independent panel of judges (Dr. François Bélisle, Nadia Fournier, Geoff Heinricks, and Margaret Swaine) scored the 2016 Rosehall Run “JCR” Chardonnay as the top wine in this blind tasting event with the 2014 Keint-He “Greer Road” Chardonnay coming second and British Columbia’s CheckMate Artisanal Winery’s 2014 “Little Pawn” Chardonnay taking third. And the tasting public concurred with the judges’ choices, except for placing Closson Chase’s 2016 “Churchside” Chardonnay in third place - meaning County wines took Silver and Gold and almost got the Bronze!
As part of Judgement of Kingston event a "silent auction" of wine, luxury gifts and wine-related items was held. Proceeds raised are donated to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario through the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
Commenting, one of the event’s organizers, Simon Chapelle, said: "County wines are consistently demonstrating just how good they are compared with some very fine wines from other great wine-makers and regions around the world. We’re very pleased at how successful this annual event has become, especially as that makes it possible for us to donate even more to a local good cause, the Cancer Centre. We’re very grateful to all of our supporters, guests and judges for making this such a wonderful autumn event.”
Next year’s Judgement (2 November 2019) will present some of the best pinot noirs from The County being tasted against some of New Zealand’s finest.
Tasting Notes (PDF)
Auction Notes (PDF)
The Judgement of Kingston has produced its first video on winemaking in Prince Edward County at the Long Dog Winery with James Lahti:
An article on county winemaking has appeared in Bloomberg:
This Tiny Canadian Peninsula Wants to Be the Next Burgundy
If you love pinot noir, it's time to get to know Prince Edward County.
By Thomas Buckley
When Astrid Young set forth from California’s sun-soaked Napa Valley 15 years ago to further a career in wine, she knew she wanted to specialize in pinot noir and chardonnay.
She could have pursued that ambition in the legendary chalk-strewn soils of Burgundy and Champagne, or even in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Instead, she landed in Canada’s Prince Edward County, then a little-known peninsula in Lake Ontario about 125 miles east of Toronto. “It was this big block of limestone, and I knew it had huge potential,” says Young, now the wine director at Merrill House, a hotel in the region.
At the time, the county had a mere four vineyards overlooking the lake. Since then, ...
Please see the full article at bloomberg.com.