It's been only three weeks since the Judgement of Kingston wine-tasting event and organizer Lubomyr Luciuk is buzzed again.
Buzzed, that is, on the hype being generated by a new article on one of the biggest news services in the U.S. proclaiming, "The 21st Century's Best New World Chardonnays Are From Ontario."
On Nov. 6, Luciuk and a group of wine-tasting friends, the Royal Winers, hosted a blind judging contest in Kingston pitting Chardonnays from California against several offerings from Prince Edward County.
The four judges -- three Canadians and one American -- awarded two county wines the gold and silver medals.
The American judge, wine writer Elin McCoy, posted a column this weekend on the Bloomberg news service documenting the ascendency of Ontario wines based on her experiences in Kingston and in the Niagara region.
In it she talks about being greeted by town crier Chris Whyman and tasting the Canadian and Californian wines under the stern gazes of the historic portraits lining Memorial Hall in Kingston's City Hall.
"It's not every day a Kingston story appears in the Washington Post," said Luciuk when told about the column on Monday. "I'm very happy for the county and it will help put this region on the map of the wine world. I didn't anticipate this."
Reached at his Rosehall Run Vineyards in Wellington, owner Dan Sullivan was taking the news in stride.
It was his Chardonnay that took the gold medal.
"The article is an amazing step in the right direction," Sullivan said. "Hopefully it opens a door to a whole new public. It's nice our wines are getting some acclaim. But it doesn't surprise me terribly that our wines showed as good as they did."
It's been a whirlwind of activity and publicity since Luciuk conceived of the tasting event this fall.
He and seven fellow members of the Royal Winers, a collection of professors from Royal Military College and Queen's University dedicated to fine wines, each threw in $500 to buy the California wines for tasting.
Vintners from Prince Edward County donated their selections.
Tourism Kingston helped arrange train fares and accommodations in Kingston for the judges, and the city provided Memorial Hall as the venue.
"With the city support and Tourism Kingston support, we pulled it off," Luciuk said.
As a bonus, $1,000 was raised for the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
What Luciuk didn't foresee was having two county wines taking first and second places, though he isn't surprised.
"I think the Bloomberg piece sews it up," he said. "The wine world has people that follow this sort of thing. When she writes and says these are great wines, if I was in the county, I'd be posting this all over the place. I think we've got something going here."
For Sullivan, the accolades are a little like the overnight sensation phenomenon people talk about in the music industry -- it never happens that quickly.
He started Rosehall Run from scratch in 2000.
Rosehall Run made its first wine in 2004 and bottled it in 2006, slowly building capacity.
"It's a long and steady process," Sullivan said. "I like the recognition, but I like it when people say we bought a bottle of your wine and had it with this or that."
It has since won international honours at competitions in England and California.
On Tuesday, Sullivan is heading off to California to explore exporting Rosehall Run wines to the U.S. market.
Meantime, Luciuk is already advertising for the 2017 edition of the Judgement of Kingston, which will feature pinot noir wines from Prince Edward County competing against their counterparts from Burgundy.
He's hoping to bring in a French judge for the event.
"If the county is any good, it should be able to compete," Luciuk said.