Sydney, Australia , October 4, 2017 ( - ​​Vino-lovers rejoice, the world’s most awarded wines and wineries have been revealed in the much anticipated release of the 2017 World Rankings of Wines & Spirits (WRW&S) Report.

Released annually by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ), the report is a definitive ranking of the world’s most awarded wines, wineries and wine regions. The ranking is the only one of its kind to benchmark wines on a global scale.

The report details the top 100 wineries in 2017, the top 10 countries of 2017, the top 100 wines of 2017, rankings by individual variety and the individual reports for the top 5 countries.

“The annual list aims to reward the efforts of the World Wine Companies who compete and demonstrate consistency across the numerous wine shows around the world,” said WAWWJ Chairman Leonardo Castellani.

“Out of 700,930 wines evaluated in the competition, 150 wines received the prestigious accolade for ‘Wine of the Year’. This is the main distinction of the WRW&S and is only given to those wines that receive 125 points minimum over the course of the year.”

The top five wineries of 2017 include: Wakefield Wines (known as Taylors Wines in Australia); Gonzalez Byass S.A. (Spain), Casa Santos Lima – Companhia Das Vinhas S.A. (Portugal), Wolf Blass Wines (Australia), and Sogrape Vinhos de Portugal S.A. (Portugal).

The top five wines of 2017 include: Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2014 (Australia), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2013 (Australia), Noe Pedro Ximenez Vors (Spain), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2014 (Australia), and Casa Perini Moscatel (Brazil).

Of the competing countries, France, USA, Spain, Italy and Australia rounded out the top five.

Commenting on being named the ‘Most Awarded Winery in the World’, Mitchell Taylor, Third- Generation Winemaker and Managing Director of Wakefield Wines said:

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as the world’s most awarded winery as well as the world’s most awarded wine. Since the beginning we’ve sought to make wines that can take on some of the best.

“International wine competitions and rankings like the WRW&S are proof of just how exciting Australian wine is becoming internationally. Through our tastings and events across the country, we’ve found US wine drinkers to be very open and interested in trying wines from all over the world.”

The WAWWJ compiles the rankings in the report by totaling the trophy and medal results from a selection of 80 international wine shows around the world. These shows make up the top wine competitions from the more than 495 competitions around the world, with competing wines from more than 5 countries. The results are then tabulated and scored independently by the WAWWJ and posted to the organization's website each year.

The results in the 2017 WRW&S consist of award shows from the start of February 2016 to the end of January 2017.

The 2017 World Ranking of Wines and Spirits Report <


September 19, 2017

Today Good Earth Coffeehouse (Good Earth) welcomed Winnipeggers into their new café located at the Seasons of Tuxedo shopping centre, marking the official opening of its first location in Manitoba. Winnipeg can now experience just what makes Good Earth’s guests ‘feel good’ such as the warm and inviting atmosphere, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, and wholesome fresh food assembled and baked daily in their own kitchens.

The growing franchise has been offering exceptional coffee and wholesome food with a down-to-earth attitude, to Canadians for over 25 years. The new location is the company’s 48th opening since it was founded in 1991. It is located at Unit #1, 455 Sterling Lyon Parkway on the northwest corner of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway.

Please see the press release embedded below my signature for further details. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for interview opportunities with Good Earth co-founders, Nan Eskenazi and Michael Going, as well as President and COO Gerry Docherty, who can speak to the history and philosophy of Good Earth and why Winnipeg is a perfect location for the coffeehouse. I will follow up during the next week to gauge your interest.

In addition, Good Earth will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, further details to come. 


BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Sept. 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a SOMi survey conducted on behalf of OlymelTM, nearly half (47%) of consumers of deli meats are concerned about nitrites in cold cuts. To address this issue, OlymelTM is proud to reveal its new line of sliced deli meat that is 100% free of nitrites and phosphates. Three new products are thus hitting the shelves in Québec and Atlantic Canada: Black Forest Smoked Ham, Old Fashioned Smoked Ham and Smoked Turkey Breast. They're easy to find thanks to their distinctive green packaging and nitrite- and phosphate-free label.

Certified gluten-free and with no added sugar, these three new deli meats are made from an artful blend of innovative ingredients that are just as effective as nitrites and phosphates in preserving our meat's freshness and ham's pink colour. These substitutes are just what modern consumers are looking for.

Isabelle Marquis, OlymelTM's consulting dietitian, explains: "Thanks to a winning combination of citrus, pomegranate, yeast and spice extracts, we don't need any nitrites or phosphates. We're often reminded, with good reason, to take care of our health by eating less processed foods that are high in sodium, sugar and fat. But you don't often hear about additives. We need to limit and monitor our consumption of additives like nitrites and phosphates. So, OlymelTM's new line of nitrite- and phosphate-free deli meats is one of the best choices for regular consumers of cold cuts. Plus, they taste great and the price is right!"

OlymelTM is becoming Canada's main producer of nitrite- and phosphate-free deli meats!
"These innovative products, the fruit of a year and a half of work, are a direct result of our social responsibility plan," states Lise Gagnon, Vice President, Marketing, Research and Development. "By developing these products, which echo consumers' real concerns about deli meats and their nitrites levels, OlymelTM has reinforced its position as a leader in healthy solutions. This shift toward healthy products has garnered industry attention – we've earned a number of awards and accolades in recent years, including three Dux awards for our healthy eating initiativesii."

These new 100% nitrite- and phosphate-free sliced meats are a go-to for quick sandwiches, festive cold cut platters or any other meal served at breakfast, lunch or dinner! They're available in 150 g vacuum-sealed packages at IGA, Metro and Super C (Québec) and Sobey's (Atlantic Canada) at a suggested retail price of $5.39. As for the rest of Canada – stay tuned! You'll be able to find these products at your local grocery store early next year.


TORONTO (September 18, 2017)– PLAID NATION fans from around the world will gather at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square to experience the 8th Annual Smoke’s PoutinerieWorld Poutine Eating Championship (#WPEC2017). The epically jam-packed one-day Poutine ROCK N’ ROLL STAGE SHOW will satisfy all of your Weird, Wild, and Wacky cravings on October 14th, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. The event will feature three eating competitions with Professional Major League Eaters from all over the world taking the stage, aspiring Amateur Eaters who took first place in locally hosted Poutine Games – a series of Smoke-ified games, and last, but certainly not least a very hungry group of CEO’s vying for the position as the top fundraiser in the CEO Charity Challenge supporting Friends of We Care.  

“As one of the most ENTERTAINING Eating Competitions in the World, our 8th edition of WPEC is set to be the most gravy-fueled French fry frenzy to date!”, said Ryan Smolkin, CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of Smoke’s Poutinerie and the creative mastermind behind WPEC. “Excitement is at an all-time high as PLAID NATION fans gear up for the most anticipated event of the year! As always, every Poutine Lover visiting our event can satisfy their mouthwatering desires with FREE POUTINE all day long!”

In 2016, the WPEC CEO Charity Challenge rocked its way to collecting a grand total of $54,000 in charitable donations to benefit Friends of We Care, and this year that mark is sure to be surpassed. There will be no shortage of lumberjack Canadiana plaid and 80’s glam rock tunes as the amps are cranked up to eleven with the premier KISS cover band Destroyer supplying the LIVE music and totally ROCKIN’ the square!

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut continues to hold the ULTIMATE Poutine Eating World Record of 25.5 pounds eaten in just 10 minutes! The past four years have given PLAID NATION Fans front row seats to Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and Matt “The Megatoad” Stonie’s live action battle for Poutine supremacy! This year’s roster of professional eaters will be a battle of EPIC proportions!

Smoke’s Poutinerie wants all of PLAID NATION to experience everything that this one of a kind event has to offer including tons of amazing events. WPEC visitors can have a blast in their best lumberjack plaid outfit with the Monster Energy Tattoo Parlor and Barber Shop, Poutine Photo Booth, GEOSTORM Prizing Booth, Gravy Pong Tournaments, and the launch of the all new official Smoke’s Poutinerie App.

WPEC will also feature the Smoke’s Poutinerie Food Trucks Fundraising Derby! Fans in attendance will be able to indulge in FREE POUTINE all day with two Smoke’s Poutinerie food trucks ROCKIN’ & ROLLIN’ on location. Things will get interesting as the two trucks compete to raise the most donations from generous Poutine Lovers to benefit the event’s charity partner, Friends of We Care.

We’ve gathered top brand sponsors from all over the world, with the likes of Monster, Maple Leaf Foods, Cardinal Meats, Kraft Heinz, and Warner Bros. who couldn’t wait to jump on board the Gravy Train to support the highly anticipated eating extravaganza!

To learn more about Smoke’s Poutinerie’s #WPEC2017, please visit


The official grand opening of the first Pizza 73 location in Whitehorse takes place Saturday, September 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHAT:                 Pizza 73 Whitehorse location grand opening

  • $1 Fries, Onion Rings and Potato Wedges, $2 Funnel Cake Stix, $3 Jalapeno Poppers, $4 Pasta, and $5 Medium Pepperoni Pizza (maximum 3 per person)
  • First 20 customers to receive $20 gift card
  • Prize Wheel with various prizes
  • Draw to win pizza for a year

WHO:                   Everyone is welcome

WHEN:                 Saturday, September 23, 2017

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:               4211 4th Avenue

                                Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1K2  


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