The Judgement of Kingston 2016
Blind tasting of Chardonnays
The winners of the 2016 competition are:
||Rosehall Run "JCR Vineyard"
||Closson Chase "South Clos"
||Clos Du Val (Carneros Estate)
Evoking the famous "Judgement of Paris" (1976) that saw American
wines compete successfully against those of France, an event that
turned the wine world upside down (see the film Bottleshock), this
blind tasting competition witnessed some of the best wines of
Prince Edward County go up against some greats from
California. The first-ever "Judgement of Kingston" featured four
Prince Edward County versus three California chardonnays.
The event started with a briefing on what to look for in a great
Chardonnay by Kingston's own Dr. Kim Meathrel, owner of Decantress
Wine and Spirits Education.
All participants were served a 75ml (2.5oz) sample of each of
the seven wines being poured in this competition with water and
crackers to cleanse the palate between tastings. Cheeses were
provided by Ivanhoe Cheese and Black River
Cheese. Participants each had a score card, allowing them to
record observations and compare their rank ordering with those of the
judges. At the end of the event, tasting notes and additional
information about each of the seven wines were provided
$1,000 from the event has been donated to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
The 2016 Experts
Judge Sara d'Amato is a Toronto-based wine consultant,
sommelier, contributor to Vines magazine, and member of the Wine
Writer's Circle of Canada who sits on the board of the Ontario
Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.
D'Amato is also a wine critic for Canada's largest wine blog,
Judge Konrad Ejbich is a founding member of the Wine Writers
Circle of Canada and a well-known wine, food, and travel writer
and broadcaster. Author of A Pocket Guide to Ontario Wines,
Wineries, Vineyards & Vines, he is working on a new edition
focusing on the province's single vineyards, the source of the
best wines' unique flavours.
Judge Elin McCoy is an award-winning wine and spirits columnist
for Bloomberg News, where she writes a bi-monthly column for
their global news wire, and New York correspondent for Decanter
magazine. McCoy's most recent book is The Emperor of Wine:
The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and the Reign of American
Taste, which has appeared in several foreign editions. She
is also the co-author of Thinking About Wine.
Judge Michael Pinkus is an award-winning wine columnist and
blogger who served as the past-president of the Wine Writers
Circle of Canada (2000-2015) and who created the Grape Guy
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
Master of Ceremonies 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.
Kingston Town Crier Chris Whyman has held his position since 1984
and is a three-time winner of the Town Crier World Championships.
Sponsored by The Royal Winers in association with Tourism Kingston