Over the past week, thirty wine writers, sommeliers, and industry professionals from across Canada and the U.S., including such talents as Shari Darling, Larry Paterson, Will Predhomme, Michael Pinkus, Sheila Swerling-Puritt and Adam Dial met in Windsor, Ontario to judge the 29th annual All Canadian Wine Championships. A total of 1071 wines were submitted from 173 wineries covering Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta and Atlantic Canada, setting another new record for the country’s oldest and largest wine competition.

As in previous years the judges were impressed with the quality of submissions in many categories. Also the organizers were pleased that once again all the wine regions represented in the judging fared well, with significant medals and trophies in all categories being awarded from coast to coast.

In a country as large, and with as much diversity, as Canada, it is truly exciting to watch as each region develops its own identity. Indeed, although all areas had many successes in a variety of categories, it seemed apparent that Ontario’s whites, British Columbia’s reds, and hybrids and fruit wines from the Maritimes and especially Quebec were notable.

This year the ACWC followed up the competition with its third annual “Passport to Canada” wine and cheese tasting, to benefit and assist in the Cornerstone of Caring project for Windsor Regional Hospital. The organizers were thrilled with the success of this year’s affair and the estimated 650 enthusiastic wine lovers in attendance all left clamoring for information on next year’s charity event.