2017 Best Sommelier of Canada to be Crowned in Vancouver


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 competition is open for trade and public to spectate.Tickets to watch the finals on September 5 are available online. Doors will open at 8:45am. Lunch is included at the Encore Suite.

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:


British Columbia

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/

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