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Toast good health with All-Canadian Wine Passport


Posing for a photo after a peek at what’s left of the truckload of wine being judged are Fran Donaldson, PECMH Foundation vice-chair with Penny Rolinski, executive director, Bev Carnahan, director of the All Canadian Wine Championships and Rob Leek, Rotary Club president.

More than 1,200 of the nation’s best wines, ciders and meads will be poured for visitors to July’s Wine Passport to Canada tasting event.

The Rotary Club of Picton, in a continuing partnership with the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation, invite wine aficionados to be their own judge of entries and winners of this year’s All Canadian Wine Championships.

Bev Carnahan, owner and director of the All Canadian Wine Championships, and her husband John, are both sommelliers, and moved here from Windsor three years ago. At Windsor, the wine tasting event raised much needed funds for the Windsor regional hospital for seven years.

Judges from British Columbia, the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario were at the Waring House last week to taste and make remarks. Carnahan will select a bit of everything for July’s Passport event – reds, whites, dessert and fruit wines – covering the gamut. (See video, below)

“It’s a great and unique event,” said Carnahan. “There is only one bottle of each so it’s really a bit like a scavenger hunt to find all the great tastes – including wines you just couldn’t taste unless you travelled there. “This unique event offers the perfect opportunity for avid wine lovers to sample from hundreds of wines not normally accessible.” said Carnahan.

Passports cost $30 for 10 tastings. (To see which wineries are participating in the All Canadian Wine Championships this year, visit ).

Hosital-Foundation-button-125Net proceeds will benefit the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s LIFE SAVER Campaign Phase II for medical equipment. This year’s fundraising efforts centre on replacing three colonoscopes and three gastroscopes for the endoscopy department as well as fundraising for a new monitor that will improve the observation of sedated patients. PECMH is a low-risk endoscopic centre serving more than 3,200 patients last year.

Members of the Rotary Club of Picton will be hosts at the event. Their part of the proceeds will go toward supporting Rotary’s efforts relating to literacy in Prince Edward County.

“Rotary has a history of supporting the great work done by the foundation, and we look forward to sharing and investing the proceeds back into our community on a number of fronts,” said Rob Leek, club president. “It is our hope that wine connoisseurs from across the province will join us in celebrating Canada’s great wines in support of a great cause.”

Event organizers are seeking volunteers and sponsors for this year’s tasting. Contact Rotary President, Rob Leek at or 613-922-2247.

For more information and tickets, call 613-476-1008 ext. 4503 or visit Tickets will also be available through the PECMH Foundation office at 403 Main St., Picton or at the Crystal Palace on event day.

“This walk around tasting of outstanding Canadian wines has such potential to grow significantly and become a highly recognizable social/charitable event not to be missed by those working in or associated with the wine industry, as well as wine lovers from Prince Edward County and beyond,” said Penny Rolinski, executive director of the PECMH Foundation. “The hospital foundation and the Rotary Club of Picton are looking forward to raising a glass in support of our County community with attendees this July.”



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