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WhenSaturday, November 3, 2018, 3:00 - 6:30pm
WhereResidence Inn Kingston Water's Edge, 7 Earl Street, Kingston, Ontario
Tickets$85 each available online hereAlso available at the Kingston Visitor Information Centre

The 2018 Event

The third annual Judgement of Kingston will present some of the best chardonnays from The County alongside greats from another Canadian wine growing region of excellence, British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

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 Road 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’Oreal 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.

Organized by The Royal Winers.