Hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), Canada’s top sommeliers will convene in Vancouver at Rogers Arena (Captain’s Room, entrance gate 10) on September 5 to vie for the coveted titled of Best Sommelier of Canada at the National Competition Viewing and Lunch.
The Champions Dinner Celebration will be held at Victoria Chinese Restaurant (1055 W Georgia St, Vancouver) on the same evening at 6:30pm. The one hour cocktail reception will be sponsored by the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association with dinner to start at 7:30pm. The Best Sommelier of Canada title will be announced later that evening, to include a Grand Prize presented by Gallo to the winner along with other prizes.
Viewing and Lunch: $35 for members/ $45 for non-members
Champions Dinner: $80 for members/ $100 for non-members
The annual competition attracts sommeliers from across the country to compete for the title of National Best Sommelier through a written and practical exam. This year’s talent includes:
Shane Taylor, wine director, Cin Cin Ristorante + Bar
Alistair Veen, chef & owner, Tap Restaurant
Jason Yamasaki, group sommelier, Joey Wine Group
Domar Rafael, food & beverage manager, The Manitoba Club
Emily Pearce Bibona, sommelier, The York Cub
Steven Robinson, sommelier, Atelier Restaurant
Carl LePage Villeneuve, sommelier, Restaurant Toque
Pier Alexis Souliere, sommelier, Manresa Restaurant
Lesley Quinn, sommelier, Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
About The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers:
Established in 1989, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) is a pan-Canadian association, which brings together individuals within the sommelier profession, restaurant services, and other sectors of the wine industry.
As a not-for-profit organization, CAPS aims to promote and educate the sommelier profession through professional development and networking events related to the wine and spirits industry. Visit: http://sommelierscanada.com/