WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
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Reason #1 -
Sustained Publicity

The goal of ‘The Nationals’ is to expose Canadian wine drinkers to the best in Canadian wines.  Last year over 150 Canadian wineries and 1,100 wines were entered in the competition. 

If you want serious recognition for your wine in Canada this is the one wine awards you shouldn't miss.  It builds on the success of more than a decade of previous awards with a new, greatly expanded, national reach. 

There is no restriction on price, leaving each winery the opportunity to compete with and against the best wines in the country. More importantly, as barriers to ship wines across the country come down, the combination of winning recognition at The Nationals and WineAlign’s ability to display the results alongside your key retail outlets, from the winery direct to across the country, makes it the only competition with enduring post competition sales opportunities.

All wines entered will be added to the WineAlign website with high quality pictures and reviews. Winning wines will be tagged, categorized and flagged with virtual medals.  This will expose the wines to the 1.5M unique visitors who visit WineAlign annually.  This number will continue to grow due to the recent launch in Quebec of Chacun Son Vin.  We will also email the results of the awards to our database.

In 2013 we partnered with the Financial Post Magazine to create a 10 page award feature which reached over 1 million readers from an affluent demographic group.  In 2014 we will again partner with a national print publication to create a magazine version of the awards.

Find out more about the National Wine Awards of Canada.   

Meet the Judges:

Anthony Gismondi

British Columbia
Anthony Gismondi is a principal critic and partner in WineAlign, and co-head Judge of the National Wine Awards of Canada. He has long been the wine columnist for the Vancouver Sun; his website GismondiOnWine is one of the busiest wine sites in Canada; and he can be heard every Thursday on “The Best of Food and Wine” with Kasey Wilson on CFUN. As former Executive Editor of Wine Access he was instrumental in launching and developing the software and judging methodology for the Canadian Wine Awards. The same system now powers the National Wine Awards of Canada.  Anthony recently wrote an insightful column on the National Wine Awards and their 14 year history. 

David Lawrason

Co-head Judge David Lawrason is a principal critic and the VP of Wine for WineAlign. He is wine columnist for Toronto Life and Ottawa magazine, a WSET instructor with Fine Vintage Ltd, and National Wine Advisor to Gold Medal Plates, a chef competition held in ten cities that raises funds for Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. He also reviews Ontario wines for He tastes thousands of Canadian wines every year and as visited all of Canada’s wine appellations.
National Wine Awards
of Canada 2014
June 21st-25th
Penticton, BC

WineAlign, Canada’s largest and most popular online wine site, is now accepting entries for the 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) “The Nationals”.

”The goal of ‘The Nationals’ is to bring together the best of Canadian wines and Canadian wine critics under one roof,” says Anthony Gismondi, co-head judge and a WineAlign principal critic. “Each year, and this is the 14th, the competition presents a snapshot in time of the state of Canadian wine. The results are an invaluable guide for consumers and producers when it comes to finding out who is making the best wine in the country.” Anthony recently wrote an insightful column on the National Wine Awards and their 14 year history. 
Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the top 5 reasons you should enter your wines in this exciting event. 

Important NWAC Links

National Wine Awards Home Page
National Wine Awards Rules for Entry
National Wine Awards User Guide

Important NWAC Dates

May 27: Wine delivery to the Eastern consolidation point closes

June 9: Online registration closes

June 16: Wine delivery to the Western consolidation point closes


Introducing the Judges

The Nationals assembles Canada’s leading wine commentators and critics as judges, creating a truly national perspective on wine.

We will profile them over the next few weeks. 
Anthony Gismondi


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