Wine Judges of Canada (WJC) is a professional organization of knowledgeable individuals who apply their skills to objectively evaluate wines/ciders of all styles. With an understanding of wine/cider making techniques, these judges provide concise commentaries to influence product enhancement, as well as to define and reward quality of excellence in the wine industry. A major goal of the organization is to continuously train members and interested parties in technical advances and systematic wine evaluation.

Our non-profit association is one of the longest running wine associations of its type in North America. Established in 1967, Wine Judges of Canada was incorporated in 2006 under the laws of the Canada Corporations Act and the Regulations of the Minister of Industry, and was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation (as per letters of Patent 435726-4).


Wine Judges of Canada can organize and conduct wine competitions from start to finish in a professional, unbiased manner. Assisted by our trained, experienced support staff of stewards, data entry personnel and administrators, our members provide unbiased wine/cider assessments and wine/cider making critiques. Our judges work on a fee-for-service basis and are available to provide professional support for wine/cider related initiatives including consultation with start-up and established wine/cider making facilities. We have judged and facilitated wine/cider competitions both amateur and commercial throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.


Wine Judges of Canada provide the following services:

Tutored wine tastings as a social event or fundraiser.

Expert presentations on wine appreciation and assessments.

Professional feedback to amateur and commercial wine/cider makers on various winemaking techniques and blending outcomes.

Participation in wine/cider industry tasting panels.

Preparation or reviewing of wine/cider marketing notes and product descriptors for commercial wine/cider makers.

Assistance to restaurants, sommeliers, and chefs in the development of wine/cider lists to complement their restaurant or menu themes.

Independent endorsement of superior wine/cider products.


Collection of the wines

Trained stewards to document and pour double blind tasted wines*

All required glassware

A custom designed database and database manager to process the results

Summaries of all results to the organizers

Certification of the results

Appropriate certificates and medals for winning wines

Participation at awards ceremonies to present the winners and educate participants and consumers.

*All wines will be judged using a standard double blind system. Awards will be granted based on published WJC standards as defined for Gold, Silver, and Bronze in each submission wine category.


Wine Judges of Canada participate in a wide range of industry events across North America. Over the past few years, for example, you could expect to find our members at the following established wine events:

All Canadian Wine Championships

Ontario Wine Awards

Canadian Commercial Cider Competition (sponsored by TAPS)

Winemakers Magazine Competition

Finger Lakes Wine Competition

Lake Erie International Wine Competition and Show

Les Grands Concours du Monde, France

Simcha Agency Kosher Wine Tutored Tastings

Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP)

Amateur Winemakers of Ontario

Amateur Winemakers of Canada

Wine clubs across Ontario

County fairs

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Fruit Winery Association of Canada

Chapter-sponsored wine events (by location)

Commercial wine tasting events hosted by international wine regions and consulates