796 Wine Reviews, 113 Wines, 16 Wine Writers and Sommeliers, 1 Terrific Tasting

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Canada’s top wine writers and sommeliers gathered in our national’s capital yesterday to taste through an impressive line-up of wines.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were on fire as they posted their reviews live and shared on social media.

You can get the complete list of wines here, along with their reviews and the closest liquor stores that have these wines in stock now.

This list is also accessible on the wine mobile apps.

Stay tuned: we’re already planning our next big tasting!

Jacky Blisson above has just returned from Napa Valley where she wrote her final papers for the Masters of Wine exam. She gets the results in September – fingers crossed!

In the video she talks about the Greek wine that stood out for her at the tasting today. Click on the arrow to play the video.

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Our team tasted through 27 Greek wines, both reds and whites. It was a terrific cross-section that pleasantly surprised all of us with the diversity and quality of the wines.


Algonquin Sommelier graduate Nicole Lewis chats about a terrific Greek red wine that she discovered today.

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International Sommelier Guild (ISG) graduate Carola price describes her favourite wine and what she’d pair with it … #mouth-watering!

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The Tasting Team

Carola Price

 

 

Carola Price
ISG Sommelier & Wine Buyer

 

 

 

Cherie Cole

 

Cherie Cole
Restaurant Wine Consultant

 

 

Colin McKone

 

Colin McKone
Algonquin Sommelier Graduate

 

 

 

Craig Kuziemsky

 

Craig Kuziemsky
MBA Professor, University of Ottawa & Wine Blogger

 

 

 

 

David Skinner
Wine & Travel Columnist, Outdoor Magazine

 

 

 

 

Dawn Harvey

 

Dawn Harvie
Newsletter Editor
National Capital Sommelier Guild

 

 

 

Donna Hargrove

 

Donna Hargrove
Wine Blogger & Tasting Group Leader

 

 

 

 

Doug McMillan Photo

 

Doug McMillan
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

Gwen Barton

 

Gwen Barton
Certified Sommelier

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Inkstader 2

 

Kimberly Inksater
Accredited Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

 

Lori Kilmartin 2016

 

 

Lori Kilmartin
Sommelier & Blogger

 

 

 

Nicole Lewis
Algonquin Sommelier Graduate

 

 

Sylvain Segard

 

Sylvain Segard
Accredited Sommelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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