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The Six Best Food And Wine Pairings

06/05/2013 05:39 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT

The voting was fiercest just before midnight on June 1 when voting closed for The Great Canadian Wine Match, the first people's choice awards for Canadian wines. Thousands of wine lovers from coast to coast voted for the 279 wines nominated, with six Canadian wines emerging as victors. Unlike traditional competitions judged by experts, The Great Canadian Wine Match allowed wine lovers themselves to choose their favourite pairings via social media and real-time, online voting. This first grassroots, "bottoms up" competition stirred up friendly rivalry from coast to coast, with the champions for each wine rallying supporters for their choice.

The groundswell of participation in this competition shows just how well we make wine in this country--and how proud we are of it. Both the winning and the nominated wines are great bottles to crack open for Canada Day celebrations, no matter what you have on the grill or picnic table.

With the success of this year's competition, The Great Canadian Wine Match will be held annually. Nominations for the next competition start in April 2014. A full list of the 2013 winners and nominated wines is available at www.nataliemaclean.com/canadian-wines.

Great Canadian Wine Match Winners

The Great Canadian Wine Match Winners:

Canada's Best Wine With Cheese

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Optima

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Canada's Best Wine With Pizza

Norman Hardie County Pinot Noir

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Canada's Best Wine With Seafood

Domaine De Grand Pré L'Acadie Blanc

Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Canada's Best Wine With Chicken

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Canada's Best Wine With Beef

Luckett Vineyards Phone Box Red

Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia

Canada's Best Wine with Dessert

Black Sage Vineyard Pipe

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia