TORONTO, ONTARIO and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 -- Vancouver International Wine Festival - WineAlign, Canada's largest and most popular online wine site, today announced its launch in British Columbia. WineAlign is making its debut in B.C. with more than 4,500 wines from the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) amalgamated into the WineAlign database.
WineAlign answers the question shoppers ask themselves every time they go to the wine store: "What is the best wine in my price range that I can buy in this store right now?" WineAlign will provide B.C.-based wine consumers with ratings and multiple critic reviews on wines available at their local BCLDB stores. It will also provide inventory levels at their nearest BCLDB store.
WineAlign was founded four years ago by Toronto web entrepreneur and wine lover Bryan McCaw, with the aim of providing immediate, objective and comprehensive advice to shoppers at Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores. In 2012 WineAlign attracted over 967,000 different people, making it one of the busiest wine sites in Canada.
WineAlign is pleased to announce that Vancouver's Anthony Gismondi is now a partner and will be the lead critic in B.C. Well known and respected in B.C. as wine columnist for the Vancouver Sun and co-host of the Best of Food and Wine with Kasey Wilson on AM650, Anthony is also a national and international voice in the wine world, and brings a wealth of experience and his 'consumer-first' perspective to WineAlign.
"I have a great deal of respect for the WineAlign team already in place and am excited to be joining them as a principal critic and partner in a purely wine-focused role," says Gismondi. "I also look forward to assisting with taking WineAlign to a new level nationally as plans are put in place to roll it out across the country."
Other B.C. based critics will be announced shortly, joining a national team that includes partners David Lawrason (Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine), Master Sommelier John Szabo, Margaret Swaine of the National Post, Wine for Life educator Steve Thurlow, Rod Phillips of the Ottawa Citizen, wine writer Janet Doroszynski of Ottawa, and sommelier Sara d'Amato of Toronto. The team is set to become even larger as WineAlign prepares to launch in Quebec in the months ahead.
Each critic provides their own reviews, giving consumers a spectrum of opinions with which they can "align". The pro's reviews are complemented by thousands of consumer reviews. The highly engaged community can offer their opinions and use WineAlign as their personal shopping list and wine cellar inventory system.
Following its debut in B.C., WineAlign will be exploring partnerships with private wine retailers in an effort to provide an even wider service to B.C.-based consumers.
Visit WineAlign at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival to meet the team and see a demonstration.
WineAlign is a free community-based service for reviewing, sharing and discovering wine. It was launched in December 2008 in collaboration with several top wine critics to create a resource for consumers to find the best wines at the LCBO. WineAlign, which is growing rapidly with close to 1M unique annual visitors, answers the question: What wine do I buy? It combines reviews from top-critics and community members to create an objective resource to help users find great wine. For wine lovers outside of Ontario, Canada, WineAlign provides the most comprehensive wine resource, including reviews of the latest wines and vintages from some of the country's top sommeliers and wine critics. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WineAlign or on Twitter @WineAlign.
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