Beverages are judged in Calgary by some of Alberta’s finest palates including buyers, sommeliers, retailers, educators and media influencers. The competition takes place in July with results appearing online and in Culinaire Magazine’s October issue.
Prior to the judging, every product is placed into a category and assigned to a flight with like products. The entries are evaluated blind by dedicated wine, beer and spirits panels, and moderated by an experienced panel captain.
Beverages deemed superior in the preliminary rounds proceed to the final rounds where the very best are awarded a “Best in Class.” The top performing products in a category may earn a “Judges Selection.” Post-competition, the editors of Culinaire may assign a “Top Value” to a winning wine, showcasing its high performance that over-delivers on value.
Overall, only about one third of total entries will earn an award at the Alberta Beverage Awards, which ensures results are meaningful and only the best will be featured in the results. For more information, please check out our FAQ page.
March 1, 2019
July 9, 2019 (EXTENDED)
July 12, 2019
July 15-17, 2019
Early August, 2019
Kirk Bodnar, Certified Cicerone, Beers ‘N Such Consulting
Matt Browman, Consultant
Margaux Burgess, Alberta Liquor Store Association
Mike Burns, Teatro Group
Darren Fabian, Alloy
Jynnifer Gibson, National Music Centre/King Eddy
Dave Gingrich, Willow Park Wines and Spirits
Nathalie Gosselin, Vine Styles
Rheannon Green, Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance
Marcia J. Hamm, Hicks Fine Wines
Fred Konopaki, Spirits West
Erin Loader, Bricks Wine Co.
Laurie MacKay, CBC Radio
Kyle McRae, Highlander Wines & Spirits
David Nutall, Various
Darren Oleksyn, Calgary Herald
John Papavacilopoulos, Oak & Vine
Mike Roberts, Co-op Wines Spirits Beer
Juanita Roos, Color of Wine
Brad Royale, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts
Bruce Soley, River Café
Peter Smolarz, Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Will Trow, Bar Von der Fels
James Werner, Hotel Arts
Wine Entries | For sample purposes, we require three bottles (750 ml or equivalent volume) of wine for judging. Entries are $75 per wine less IVSA discount, if applicable. Note: For dessert wine entries, we require only two bottles, which includes wines typically available in small formats (i.e. ice wines).
Spirits Entries | For sample purposes, we require one bottle per entry or equivalent volume of spirits for judging. Entries are $75 per entry less IVSA discount, if applicable.
Beer Entries | For sample purposes, we require one six-pack or equivalent volume of beer for judging. Entries are $50 per entry less IVSA discount, if applicable.
Additionally, a 10 per cent discount will be offered for the submission of 12 or more entries (not applicable on top of IVSA discount). For more details, please contact Tom Firth at email@example.com.
For payment, please contact Linda Garson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-870-9802 with a credit card number or for interac email payments, cheques etc. For the address and delivery instructions for your samples, please contact Tom Firth at email@example.com.
Planned Categories Include | Bordeaux Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Grenache/Garnacha, Italian Red Blends, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Blends Other, Red Hybrids, Sangiovese, Single Varietals – Red, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Aromatic White Varietals, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Moscato, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Single Varietals – White, White Blends Other, White Hybrids, Champagne and Sparkling Wine, Rosé, Dessert Wine, Fortified Wine, Late Harvest Wine, Icewine, Fruit Wines and Mead
Planned Categories Include | American Whiskey (excluding Rye), Brandy, Canadian Whisky, Cognac, Cream-based Liqueurs, Eau de Vie – All Types, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Liqueurs, Rum-White, Rum-Dark, Rum-Spiced, Rye, Sake, Schnapps, Scotch Whisky (excluding Single Malt), Single Malt Scotch, Tequila – All Types, Vodka (Flavoured), Vodka (Non-Flavoured), Other
Planned Categories Include | Ale, Cask Aged Beers, Fruit Beers – All types, Gluten-Free Beer, Hybrid, IPA, Lager, Pilsner, Stout, Wheat Beer, Sake and Rice Wine, Other