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The winners of the 2018 competition are:
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

County Wines Score Top Marks Again!

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)

In the News

The 2018 Experts

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François Bélisle
Dr. François Bélisle is certified by the Wine Judges of Canada and has participated in wine-tasting competitions for more than 20 years, including the All Canadian Wine Championships and the Selections Mondiales des Vins. He founded the Canadian and Latin American Wine Society (CLAWS) one of the National Capital Region’s most active wine-tasting groups.
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Nadia Fournier
Since 2001 Nadia Fournier has been the sole author of Le Guide du Vin, an institution in the realm of Canadian wine guides since 1981. She is also a partner of Chacun Son Vin and a contributor to L’actualité and Exquis magazines.
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Geoff Heinricks
Winegrower and writer, Geoff Heinricks settled his family in Prince Edward County in 1995 to grow pinot noir. He wrote technical publications on winegrowing for The County and his memoir A Fool and Forty Acres (McClelland & Stewart) is still in print. Anonymously described as "the éminence grise behind the establishment of the County wine industry," he now raises heritage ducks and is replanting his vineyard in Hillier.
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Margaret Swaine
Margaret Swaine has spent over two decades as a wine and drink columnist for both Toronto Life and Chatelaine magazines while also writing about wine and spirits for The National Post and in a column at Wine Align (www.winealign.com)
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Sandor Johnson
Sandor Johnson is the founder and owner of Potter Settlement Artisan Winery, located just north of Tweed, Ontario. Potter Settlement Artisan Winery wines have received accolades from Wine Align, The National Wine Awards of Canada, Intervin International Wine Awards, and the International Cold Climate Wine Awards. Sandor has worked for CNN, poured his wines for Barrack Obama and Justin Trudeau, and is also an internationally known fashion model appearing in TV commercials for L’Oréal with Beyoncé Knowles and playing the role of Chance Heaton on the ABC daytime soap, All My Children.
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Kim Meathrel
Dr. Kim Meathrel 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.
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Chris Whyman
Kingston Town Crier Chris Whyman has held his position since 1984 and is a three-time winner of the Town Crier World Championships.

Supporters and Donors 2018

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County Winemaking

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.

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