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The Judgement of Kingston 2017

Blind tasting of Pinot Noirs

The winners of the 2017 competition are:
Gold Domaine Drohin Laroze Gevrey Chambertin 2012
Silver Domaine Thenard Givry Cellier Aux Moines 2011
Bronze Stanner's Vineyard Barrel Select Pinot Noir 2014

Prince Edward County Wines do well Compared with some of Burgundy's Finest

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Next year's Judgement (3 November 2018) 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 2017 Event

The second annual Judgement of Kingston offers our guests the opportunity to compare some of The County's finest Pinot Noirs with great Burgundies. Tickets still only $85 a person, available on-line or from the Visitor Information Centre. Proceeds from a 'silent auction' help support the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.

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The 2017 Experts

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Carolyn Evans Hammond
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.
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Jamie Goode
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).
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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.
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Christopher Waters
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.
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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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Clark Day
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.
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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.

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