The Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards (CWA) is judged by some of Canada’s most respected wine experts.
The judging panel is comprised of some of Canada’s leading wine writers, journalists, sommeliers, buyers and industry professionals. The competition also seeks out new and emerging talent in the industry to be part of the panel. This blend of experience and enthusiasm, brought by judges from many regions across Canada, ensures a comprehensive view of the wine world’s most current state.
If you are as addicted to social media as we are, then keep an eye out for our judges' tweets. Follow us on Twitter @WineAccessMag and look for the #CWA2012 hashtag.
Our Judging Process:
All competition wines are blind-tasted and judged in categories according to varietal or style, not by region, using the same 100-point system as used by Wine Access magazine.
The competition prohibits the involvement of judges who are in any way associated with a winery or agency.We ask that our judging panel focus on translating wine character and quality to consumers.
The judging is overseen by Wine Access editor-in-chief Anthony Gismondi and David Lawrason, founder of Wine Access.
All wines are judged in categories according to varietal or style, not their province of origin. They will be further sub-grouped by vintage within the flights. All wines will be scored using the Wine Access 100-point system.
If you would like a sample of the scoring guidelines, please contact Kathy Randle.
Each wine earning the requisite points will get a medal.
Gold medals = 90 - 100 points
Silver medals = 88 - 89 points
Bronze medals = 86 - 87 points
The 2012 Judges (in no particular order)
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access magazine
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Wine Access magazine, WineAlign, Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine
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Wine Access magazine, Winnipeg Free Press
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Wine Access magazine, Montreal Gazette, Cellier
Follow on Twitter @billzacharkiw
Wine Access magazine, CBC Radio, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal
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Wine Access magazine, Wine and Spirits Education Trust
Follow on Twitter @djwines
Obladee Wine Bar, vaguelyvinous.wordpress.com
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Global Practice Lead - Canadian Wine at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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Wine Access magazine, WineAlign, City Bites
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Palate Press, The Wine Case, CJAD 800AM
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Wine Access magazine, Wine Plus+
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Wine Access magazine, Wines in Niagara
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Committee Chair for IWFS - London, England
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Wine Access magazine, GismondiOnWine.com
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Wine Access magazine, City Palate
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EAT Magazine, Sip
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