HWM lo-res logo You can help create the ultimate holiday wine shopping list in the Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match! Nominate and/or vote for your favourite wines from around the world under $25 to pair with holiday dishes.

As the first people’s choice awards for holiday wines, the competition takes a grassroots, “bottoms up” approach to get us rallying behind our favourite bottles so that we can pour like Santa, but save like Scrooge.


In the video above, three festive wine lovers and I get into the spirits of the season and chat about wines to pair with holiday dishes. Click the arrow to play.

How do I nominate a wine?

Go to the nomination wall for one of the six holiday dish categories: turkey, lamb, latkes, greens, seafood and fruitcake. Simply enter the name or product code of the wine. You can find product codes here. Once your nominated wine has been approved, you’ll receive an e-mail and can start voting right away.

Who can nominate wines?

This is the people’s choice awards for holiday wines, so you don’t have to be a wine expert to participate. You also don’t have to be a Canadian resident to take part, as the wines will come from around the world and will most likely also be sold in many countries.

Which wines can be nominated?

The Joy to the World Holiday Wine Match is open to all wines from any country in the world as long as they are currently sold in a liquor store and are under $25. So wines sold only at the winery or by mail order are not eligible as want these wines to be easy to buy during the holiday season for everyone.

There are no restrictions on vintage, bottle size or style: red, white, rosé, sparkling, late harvest, dessert/icewine and fortified wines may be nominated.

Do I have to sign-up to nominate or vote for a wine?

If you’ve already signed up for free newsletter or the VIP subscription, then you’re all set to participate if you’re logged in. If you haven’t yet, you only have to do this once, it’s free and takes less than a minute to join us here.

Why? This is the only way that we can prevent ballot box stuffing during the voting. Each nomination and vote is associated with a particular person and that’s the only way we can stick to our guidelines and make it fair for everyone.

Why should I nominate a wine?

Share your passion for value-priced wines with others by becoming a champion for one or more bargain bottles. Have fun tracking the votes for your wine daily, discover new food pairings for your wine and others, and enjoy some friendly rivalry with those who have nominated wines from other countries.

If you’re a wine, food or lifestyle blogger, this is also a great way to get recognition for your site since your nomination will link to your profile, site and social media accounts. Should your wine win one of the six holiday dish pairing categories, I will interview you on Google + Video Hangout about your choice and your passion for wine.

As a winery or wine agency representative, why would I want my wine nominated?

Just getting your wine nominated will give you exposure on Canada’s largest wine web site, and provide a strong call to action for wine lovers to try your wine and become champions for it. Award decals will be available for all nominees and winners.

The media coverage for The Great Canadian Wine Match included newspapers across the country, Canadian Press, Huffington Post, Zoomer Magazine, Wine News Magazine, CanTech Magazine, Canada AM, CTV News, CBC, CTV News at Noon and thousands of votes shared on Canada’s largest wine community on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

How are the winning wines selected?

Five wines in each of the six holiday dish categories mentioned above will be selected at the end of the nomination voting round on November 21, based on the number of votes from five different regions and five different nominators.

How is this competition different from The Great Canadian Wine Match?

Just one wine from any particular country can be included in the finalist rounds for each category. For example, if an Australian shiraz and an Australian cabernet have the first and second highest votes in the lamb category during the nomination round, only the Australian shiraz moves to the finalist round. One wine from Canada will be included in all six categories.

Similarly, participants may nominate wines in all six holiday dish pairing categories, but if one person has the highest number of votes say in the lamb and turkey categories, he or she movies forward only in the lamb category for the finalist round. This is to help keep the people’s choice awards as broadly representative as possible, both for the wines and the wine lovers themselves :)

During the finalist round from November 21 to December 6 (yes, that’s 12 days, and no, it’s not a coincidence ;) the wine in each of the six holiday dish pairing categories garnering the most votes wins.

What else is different from the last competition?

When your nominated wine is approved, there will be a tweet on Twitter telling the winery you’ve done so. As well, each time you vote for that wine, the winery will receive a tweet. We’re spreading good news and festive cheer on social media more than ever this time.

We’re also fully engaging the mobile app world. This competition, unlike the last, is fully optimized for your smartphone, iPad or tablet, from the responsive design layout that will change to fit the size of your screen to the ability to nominate and vote for wines on the go.

What’s the cost of entry?

It’s free to both to nominate and to vote for wines.

How many times can a particular wine be nominated?

A wine can be nominated only once in each of the six categories: turkey, lamb, latkes, greens, seafood and fruitcake. The first person to nominate the wine in a category becomes the champion for that wine in that category.

When can I nominate a wine?

You may nominate a wine anytime until November 21, 2013. It’s good to nominate your wine as early as you can to garner as many votes as possible during the voting period. However, it’s also still worth recognizing terrific wines with a nomination at any time.

How many wines may I nominate?

You can nominate one wine in each of the six holiday dish categories: turkey, lamb, latkes, greens, seafood and fruitcake. If you would like to see a second wine nominated in a particular category, encourage a friend to nominate it.

What if the wine I want to nominate isn’t listed on your web site?

You can submit new wines to be posted on the site, as long as they are under $25 and sold in a liquor store. Once they are approved and posted on the site, you can then nominate them for the competition. Be sure you include a picture of the bottle when you submit it.

Other than picking the wine, is there anything else I should do?

Be sure you have your picture posted on your profile. This can be a traditional head shot, a graphic or avatar.

You may also want to say why you like the wine you’ve chosen on its review page. Find the wine, then click on its name. Beside the bottle shot, click on “Add My Review.”

This doesn’t have to be a formal tasting note and score. You can simply say why you like this wine with turkey, lamb, latkes, greens, seafood and fruitcake. However, this isn’t necessary to nominate a wine.

Wine, food and lifestyle bloggers may also want to blog about their choices to provide more background on their selections.

How do I vote for a wine?

Click on the voting button in the top right corner of the box for the wine. You can vote for wines without nominating any wines.

How many times may I vote for a wine?

You can vote for a particular wine once a day in each category. So if one wine has been nominated in all six categories, you can vote for it each day in each of those six categories.

How many wines may I vote for each day?

Until November 21, 2013, you can vote for as many wines as you like each day in each category, the only restriction being one vote for any particular wine in a category. The reason is that most of us like more than one wine with turkey or lamb, so we should be able to reflect those choices and variety in our voting until we get to the finalist stage to pick the best wine in each category.

How often are the voting results updated?

Votes are calculated in real-time: as soon as you vote for a wine, the total number of votes gets updated. If your vote tips the scales and enables the wine to move up in ranking on the wall, then it will also change position after you vote.

How do I get more votes for the wine(s) I nominate?

Encourage your friends to vote for your wine by sending them the link to the voting wall and share your votes on Twitter, Facebook and Google + daily. After you vote, you’ll see a box with the social media buttons: click on them to share your support for that wine. Use the hashtag #WHWM

Why those six holiday dish categories?

To launch this competition we wanted to focus on six different holiday categories. Future competitions will focus on different holiday dishes.

How do I choose a wine to pair with a holiday dish with which I’m unfamiliar?

We’ve provided tasty, wine-friendly recipes for each of the holiday dishes: turkey, lamb, latkes, greens, seafood and fruitcake. Experiment and have fun and learn about the food and traditions of other cultures.

May I submit a recipe?

Yes, you can  contribute a recipe for these dishes as well as others for the festive season.

How can I have more fun with this?

Organize an informal taste-off party with your friends, where each of you brings the bottle of your choice and you all try them. You can make it a potluck by making some of the suggested recipe pairings or your own.

When will the nomination results be announced?

The results of the nomination round will be announced on December 6, 2013

When do we vote for the finalists in each category?

Voting for the top five wines in each holiday dish category is from November 21 to December 5. The vote tallies for each wine in the finalist round start at zero again.

How many times and wines may I vote for in the finalist round?

You may vote once a day for one wine in each of the six holiday dish categories.

How can I learn more about the finalist wines?

The champions for each of the finalist wines in each of the six categories will participate in a Google + video hangout dedicated to that particular category where they will debate the merits of their respective wines. I will act as the neutral moderator, as I will throughout this competition. (I won’t be nominating or voting for wines.)

How often are the voting results updated in the finalist round?

Votes are calculated in real-time: as soon as you vote for a wine, the total number of votes gets updated. If your vote tips the scales and enables the wine to move up in ranking on the wall, then it will also change position after you vote.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners in each of the six categories will be announced December 6.

What makes this wine competition different from others?

Many traditional wine competitions are judged by experts, such as wine writers and sommeliers, who meet in one physical location on a specific date to taste the wines in isolation apart from food and then report their results when they finish. These play an important role in recognizing our best wines based on their technical merits.

This competition will be judged by wine drinkers themselves, online and over a 3-week period, within the context of the food pairings that these wines are usually consumed. Results will be tabulated in real-time and ongoing, with the full engagement of social media. This competition also recognizes and celebrates our best wines based on their appeal to wine drinkers themselves.

When will the next competition be held?

This competition will be held at the same time next year.

Questions or suggestions?

Please e-mail natdecants@nataliemaclean.com