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Bill Welychka interviews Rachel Mathies and Alex Amey from The Judgement of Kingston 2021.

Rachel Mathies is a food and wine enthusiast who has spent almost 12 years working in downtown Kingston’s hospitality industry. She anticipates completing her Sommelier certification by the spring of 2022 and has already achieved levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, as well as earning other certificates related to the appreciation and knowledge of wine. Rachel loves hosting dinner parties when she’s not managing two of Kingston’s best known restaurants, Chez Piggy’s and the Pan Chancho Bakery & Café.

Robert Burkholder, retired, was a senior leader in services for children and youth for much of his working career, both within the Ontario government and in the private non-profit sector. An active volunteer in the community, Bob has also been enjoying food and wine from Prince Edward County since moving to Kingston in 2006.

Lubomyr Luciuk, a Kingstonian born and raised, is a professor of political geography at The Royal Military College of Canada and was one of the founding members of The Royal Winers and the Judgement of Kingston.

Alex Amey is currently Guest Services Manager and Wine Director at The Frontenac Club. After completing levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Alex has focused on sustainability within tourism and the wine industry. He is also studying Economics at Queen’s University.

Kim (Dr. Kim Meathrel M.D.) 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.

Chris Whyman (Kingston Town Crier) has held his position since 1984 and is a three-time winner of the Town Crier World Championships.