WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
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Reason #4 - All Wines will be Reviewed on Canada's Largest wine website

All wines entered in the Nationals, not just the medal winners, will be added to the WineAlign website along with high quality pictures and reviews, many in both English and French. The wines are reviewed and scored blind by some of Canada's top wine critics.  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.

WineAlign Unique Visitors

WineAlign is growing and busy - click here to see how many people are on our site right now.

Last year 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.

Combined with the reach of WineAlign, and our full expansion into Quebec, the potential audience size for the results will far exceed two million.  

In addition, each of your wines on WineAlign will have a link to a separate page with more information about your winery and a list of your other wines in our database that may also be available to consumers.  

This means that all wines entered into the Nationals, not just the medal winners will benefit from being added to WineAlign.

Reason #1 - Sustained Publicity
Reason #2 - Winners Sell More Wine
Reason #3 - Jamie Goode Joins the Judging Team

Find out more about the National Wine Awards of Canada.   

Meet the Judges:

Nadia Fournier

Nadia is a principal critic for WineAlign’s Quebec website, Chacun son vin.  She developed a passion for wine on a long journey in Europe, where she worked the grape harvest in Burgundy (France), in the Valais (Switzerland) and in Piemonte (Italy). In 2007, she partnered with Michel Phaneuf, and began co-writing Le Guide du Vin. Nadia is now in charge of the best-selling wine guide in Quebec. She is also a contributor to the magazine L’Actualité, to Michel Phaneuf’s web site (, and she can be seen every Thursday with Marc-André Coallier on MaTV on “Libre-Service”. Le Guide du Vin 2010 has been awarded the best wine guide of the world at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  Click here to read a Q & A with Nadia.

John Szabo, MS

John is Canada’s first Master Sommelier. He’s a partner and principal critic for WineAlign and authors the bi-monthly Vintages Preview Report, also published on John is wine editor for Toronto’s CityBites Magazine. His freelance work has been seen in numerous publications. He is author of Wine For Dummies and he also designs wine programs, with the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, OTG management at Pearson International Airport, and Cafe-Bar-Pasta among current clients, and is head buyer for the Sommelier Service Wine Club. He teaches, speaks, judges and travels around the world, and to round out his experience and get closer to the land, he also owns a small vineyard in Eger, Hungary, the J&J Eger Wine Co.  Click here to read a Q & A with John.

DJ Kearney

British Columbia
DJ is a Vancouver-based wine educator, wine writer, judge, presenter and classically trained chef. She has trained hundreds of professional Sommeliers for the International Sommelier Guild, is a contributing editor to Vancouver Magazine and has written for Western Living, Eat Magazine, and for Wine Access until its demise. She appears on radio and television regularly; moderates and presents at wine festivals throughout North America and judges several major wine competitions annually. She is the Chief Judge of the prestigious Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition. She consults for a small client list assisting with wine selections, lists and training. DJ holds the WSET Diploma, the ISG Sommelier Diploma and is in the Master of Wine program as an exam-ready candidate.  Click here to read a Q & A with DJ.

Gurvinder Bhatia

Gurvinder left a 10-year career in law to indulge his passion for wine and food. He is the owner of Vinomania, a wine educator, wine commentator, international wine judge, published wine writer and has served as the wine consultant to hundreds of hotels and restaurants.  Gurvinder is Contributing Editor for Quench Magazine and wine columnist for the Edmonton Journal. Gurvinder is a regular contributor to Global Television and Italy’s multi-lingual digital publication Winelife. He was also the wine columnist for CBC Radio for 11 years. His articles have appeared in many publications including, Appetite Magazine Singapore, Wine Access, City Palate and Vendor Magazine. Click here to read a Q & A with Gurvinder.
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. 
Nadia Fournier

John Szabo, MS

DJ Kearney

Gurvinder Bhatia

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