Best BC Somm and Wine Shop Purchaser take Kelowna! – Tasting Games!

The Tasting Games North Okanagan division event in Kelowna was our biggest, baddest event so far! On stage, the hilarious Howard Soon – decked out in a Kelowna Rockets jersey and repping the valley – took on the esteemed wine educator DJ Kearney and the laid back Vancouver sommelier Matthew Landry.

The excitement builds as Tasting Games heads to the second round…

The first B.C. Tasting Games tournament took place on April 23rd at Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver, BC. On stage, Severine Pinte, winemaker at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella took on David Paterson, general manager and winemaker at Tantalus, and Wes Hunter, the beverage manager from Raudz Creative Concepts.

Fiore Restaurant – Join us for a journey through the varied terroirs of Italy- Explore Sicily April 23 – May 15

Starting this month in Sicily, our sommelier Matthew Landry has curated a diverse selection of wines befitting the diverse topographies and microclimates of Italy’s largest island. Chef Carlos Rodriguez, meanwhile, will be pairing each wine with updated takes on regional favourites.

Fall in Love at Burdock & Co

Love is in the air at Burdock & Co. The Main Street eatery invites lovers young and old – as well as family and friends – to cozy up over a multi-course farm-to-table Valentine’s Day feast.

SOMM 3 – Tuesday, November 20th. The Rio Theatre. Join in!

Join us at the Rio Theatre for director Jason Wise’s latest entry into his highly acclaimed wine documentary series – SOMM 3 on Tuesday, November 20.

The Making of Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine Documentary – Interview with Rudi Goldman – Michael Madrigale New York City Sommelier

“This project was going to be, and ended up being one of the greatest professional challenges in my video production career.” – Rudi Goldman – Producer/Director/Videographer WHEN DID YOU START WORKING ON THE FILM? We began shooting Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine in November 2012. Shot in stages, the film was completed in … Read moreThe Making of Burgundy: People with a Passion for Wine Documentary – Interview with Rudi Goldman – Michael Madrigale New York City Sommelier

BC Hospitality Foundation Names Sommelier Scholarship Recipients

This year, the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is awarding 4 Sommelier Scholarships to students currently working in the hospitality and/or wine industry who are furthering their wine education. The scholarships, each worth $1,000, are sponsored by Okanagan Crush Pad and Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants. The BCHF is pleased to announce the following individuals have … Read moreBC Hospitality Foundation Names Sommelier Scholarship Recipients

IAN WHARTON NAMED ASPIRING SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR

  – CAPS BC’s Inaugural Title Is A First For Canada –   The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers named Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar’s Ian Wharton the 2018 Aspiring Sommelier at the organization’s annual competition. As the first recipient of this newly minted award, Ian’s superlative wine knowledge and service acumen earned him his … Read moreIAN WHARTON NAMED ASPIRING SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR

BC Hospitality Foundation Accepting Sommelier Scholarship Applications

The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce that it will accept applications for its 2019 Sommelier Scholarships. In February the charity will award 10 Sommelier Scholarships of $1,000 each. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.