“Wine Event A Success,” Letter to the Editor in The Whig Standard

Published in the November 9, 2016 Whig Standard.

With the first annual Judgement of Kingston blind wine-tasting now behind us, and having witnessed a remarkable achievement (two County wines, Rosehall Run’s 2013 “LCR” Chardonnay and Closson Chase’s 2014 “South Clos” Chardonnay, took the Gold and Silver awards), it's time to recognize the support we enjoyed from Tourism Kingston, in particular Violette Hiebert, Chris Whyman and Kelly Brintnell. The County wine makers who donated great wines - Closson Chase, Keint-He, Rosehall Run and Stanners - certainly made the event a happy one for all. Our learned judges - Sara D’Amato, Konrad Ejbich, Elin McCoy and Michael Pinkus - were all wonderfully informed, personable, and professional. Graphic design came from Gerry Locklin and Robert Much while Laura Kaminer deftly managed social media outreach, enhanced by snapd Kingston’s Tracy St German.

Getting through the tasting of 7 chardonnays over a few hours wasn’t as easy as it looked - but went very well thanks to the ever-spirited hosting of Clark Day and Dr Kim Meathrel. All of the Royal Winers (and their more-than-tolerant spouses and partners) pulled their weight in setting up this affair as did our gatekeeper, Alice Atkinson, along with Tim Pater and servers from the Black Dog Hospitality Group. The latter made sure everyone in our sold-out audience always had a fine California or County wine before them ready to taste and score.

On behalf of our volunteers and supporters I am pleased to report the Judgement of Kingston, which we originally thought would only be a “break even” event, did better than that, allowing us to donate $1,000 to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.

Next year we’ll do even more when we put some of the best Pinot Noirs of The County up against great reds from Burgundy. Tickets for Part Two of the Judgement of Kingston are now on sale at the Visitor Information Centre across from City Hall, with more information on line at judgementofkingston.ca.

Lubomyr Luciuk

Member, The Royal Winers

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