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Judging the Wines

Trophies : “All Canadian Best Wines of the Year”

All wines are judged using the 100-point system. Trophies are awarded for each of the following categories.

  • Best Red table wine
  • Best White table wine
  • Best Dessert wine
  • Best Sparkling wine
  • Best Fruit wine

All Canadian medals : Double Gold medals/ Best of Category

Double Gold medals will be awarded to the single highest rated wine (using an average of the aggregate judges scores) from each of the categories below. Ties to be decided by a final tasting. These wines are submitted for the Trophy round.

Medals of Merit: Gold, Silver, Bronze

  • Gold awards of merit will be awarded to those wines scoring in the top 10 percentile.
  • Silver awards of merit will be issued to those wines scoring in the second 10 percentile.
  • Bronze awards of merit will be issued to those wines scoring in the third 10 percentile.
  • Please note: Should a category show exceptionally well, or conversely, poorly, the medals will be adjusted to reflect this. I.E. no Gold awarded, or extra Gold….

Red Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Merlot (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Cabernet Franc  (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Bordeaux Blends  (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Pinot Noir  (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Syrah/Shiraz  (under $30 / $30 and over)
  • Single Varietal Red Hybrid
  • Red Hybrid Blends
  • Other Single Red Vitus Vinifera
  • Other Red Vitus Vinifera Blends

White Wines

  • Chardonnay (under $20 /$20 to $30, $30 and over)
  • Chardonnay Unoaked
  • Riesling Dry or Off Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Pinot Gris style
  • Pinot Grigio style
  • Viognier
  • Other Single White Vitus Vinifera
  • Vitus Vinifera Blends
  • Other Single White Hybrid
  • White Hybrid Blends

Dessert Wines

  • Riesling Icewine
  • Vidal Icewine
  • Red Icewines
  • Other Icewines
  • Late Harvest Wine
  • Grape Fortified


  • Blanc de Noir style
  • Blush style

Sparkling Wine (Traditional Method,  Charmat and Frizzante)


  • Apple cider – dry sparking
  • Apple cider- semi-dry sparkling
  • Apple cider – sweet sparkling
  • Apple cider – still
  • Perry or pear cider
  • Fruit infused ciders – sparkling
  • Hopped infused ciders -sparkling
  • Other flavoured ciders- sparkling
  • Spiced ciders
  • Wild ferment 
  • Ice cider



  • Sparkling
  • Dry
  • Sweet
  • Cyser

Fruit Wines (broken down into soft fruit and tree fruit)

  • Table Dry
  • Table Off-Dry
  • Dessert
  • Fruit Sparkling
  • Fruit Fortified

Order Your Stickers

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Items of Interest

John Paul Robinson
The Artist’s Words: the ACWC trophy

Past Winners

A look back at ACWC winners