The Judgement of Kingston 2017
Blind tasting of Pinot Noirs
The winners of the 2017 competition are:
||Domaine Drohin Laroze Gevrey Chambertin
||Domaine Thenard Givry Cellier Aux Moines
||Stanner's Vineyard Barrel Select Pinot Noir
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"
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
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
The 2017 Experts
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Supporters and Donors
Organized by The Royal Winers.