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  • Fri, March 08, 2019 4:13 PM | Graham Nordin (Administrator)

    [Vancouver, BC] The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), is happy to announce the title of Best Sommelier of British Columbia 2019 goes to: Matthew Landry, General Manager & Beverage Director of The Stable House Bistro in Vancouver. Landry, a three-time finalist, showed incredible poise throughout the competition and deservedly took home the title of Best Sommelier of BC 2019.  

    In a very exciting finale, Landry outscored second place winner Christina Hartigan of Wildebeest Restaurant and third place winner Leagh Barkley of Il Caminetto Restaurant. Along with her second place recognition, Hartigan was also awarded “Best Taster” of the day, scoring the highest blind tasting score in the history of the competition.

    CAPS BC president Lesley Brown announced the winner at the post competition reception held at Encore @ Rogers Arena, “We are incredibly proud to crown Matthew BC’s Best Sommelier and are honored to have him represent CAPS BC as our 2019 champion. A tremendous congratulations to both Christina and Leagh for a great day of competition today. Christina’s blind tasting score was the highest we have ever seen. All 12 of today’s competitors did exceptionally well and we’re very proud of continued growth and level of competition here in British Columbia.”

    More information

    The fifth annual competition, emceed this year by Sean Nelson (winner of 2018 Best Sommelier BC Competition), attracted sommeliers from across the province to compete in the Captains Room at Rogers Arena for the title of Best Sommelier of British Columbia 2019. The day started with an intense written theory exam and blind tasting. Then, the top three scoring sommeliers from the morning session were put through a series of practical tests such as executing a sparkling wine service, spotting errors in a written wine menu, a food & wine pairing, and a blind wine/spirit/and cocktail tasting; all done LIVE in front of 100+ spectators that filled the room at Rogers Arena.

    This year's competition judges were: Barbara Philip MW, Jason Yamasaki, and Sebastien Le Goff.

    The competition is coordinated and hosted by Technical Director and Vice-President of CAPS BC, DJ Kearney.

    And, a special THANK YOU to all those volunteers, sponsors and supporters whose efforts all contribute to building the sommelier community here in British Columbia. In particular, thank you to the Vancouver International Wine Festival (President Harry Hertscheg) for their continued support of CAPS BC; this year, along with the Best Sommelier of BC competition, Harry and VIWF are sponsoring the flights for two of our CAPS Canada Competitors to be able to compete for the ASI Best Sommelier of the World Competition held in Antwerp, Belgium later this year.

    About 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/

     

  • Fri, December 21, 2018 3:52 PM | Graham Nordin (Administrator)

    Hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), the fifth annual Best Sommelier of BC Competition returns January 28th, 2019 to Rogers Arena.

    This annual competition attracts some of the best and brightest sommeliers from across the province to compete for the title of BC's Best Sommelier 2019. This incredibly challenging competition includes both a written and practical examination. The practical exam will be held live (with tickets available for purchase) as the top three sommeliers from the written portion compete for the 2019 title.

    Tickets are now available for CAPS Members and Non-Members to view the competition and join the post-competition reception and announcements.

    The winner will be announced at the post-competition Reception, hosted by CAPS BC, at the Encore Suite at Rogers Arena (doors open at 4:00pm).

    To be eligible to compete, individuals must be accredited members of CAPS BC (join us) and must earn at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment as a sommelier. Competitors must also be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. 

    Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & post-competition reception).

    All those wishing to compete are to contact Lesley Brown (President - CAPS BC) for registration.

    Deadline to register to compete is January 14th, 2019. 

    Competition Details

    9:00am-11:00am - Preliminary competition, including written exam and blind tasting, with all candidates. This portion happens behind closed doors.

    12:00pm-4:00pm - The Top 3 Competitors will be announced and then compete live for Best Somm BC 2019. This portion is open to the public for viewing.

    Location: Captains Room, Rogers Arena (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

    Post-Competition Reception Details 

    4:00pm-6:30pm – Reception and winners announced.

    Location: Encore Suite, Rogers Arena (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

    Ticket Prices:

    CAPS Members

    $20 – Includes: Live Competition Viewing + Reception

    Non-Members

    $25 – Includes: Live Competition Viewing + Reception   

    Doors open at 12:00pm and the competition begins at 12:30pm.

    In addition - CAPS BC is happy to announce the second annual 2019 BC Aspiring Somm Competition.

    This event is open to any member of CAPS BC (join us) who earns at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment, in any role, and also has an interest in participating in future Best Somm BC competitions. The event mimics the Best Somm BC format to give aspiring sommeliers the opportunity to understand what the competition is really all about. This competition is designed for first-time competitors only (those who competed in the 2018 ASC, would not be eligible to compete in 2019). Competitors must also be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.  

    This event runs from 9:00am-12:00pm on Monday, January 28th at Rogers Arena.

    Aspiring Sommelier Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & post-competition reception).

    The 2019 BC Aspiring Sommelier Winner will be announced prior to the Best Somm BC announcement on Monday evening.

    To register, please contact Mark Shipway (Director of Professional Development - CAPS BC).

     

  • Sun, April 29, 2018 4:30 PM | Keith Nicholson (Administrator)

    Calling all professional sommeliers.   Do you want to be the first ‘Master of Port – Canada’?

    The Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, I.P. (IVDP,I.P.) is offering this competition in Canada. The ‘Master of Port’ is a prestigious title awarded to professional sommeliers who are presently working in the hospitality industry and who have displayed expert knowledge in the area of Port associated with wine production, Douro Demarcated Region, history, brands, years and harvests, pairings and moments of consumption and service.   This competition is open to professional sommeliers in Canada who are members of CAPS. 

    The ‘Master of Port’ holder becomes an ambassador of the ‘Port’ brand and thus, is recognized by the industry as a specialist and a representative of the excellence that makes Port one of the best wines in the world.   

    Registration is now open!  Follow link to register.  (No cost as a CAPS BC Member.)

    http://www.ivdp.pt/mopcanada/

    Key dates:

    May 8th, 2018:  

    • Deadline to register for the competition
    May 14th, 2018 :  
    • On-line qualifying test to determine the top two (2) representatives from each CAPS/ACSP chapter who will travel to Portugal to compete in the quarter final round 
    • The on-line test will be written at the same time and same day across the country, with results being determined by the I.V.D.P. .
    • 10:00 in British Columbia; 12:00 in Manitoba; 13:00 in Ontario: and 14:00 in Atlantic.  
    May 15th, 2018:
    • The IVDP will notify the candidates who will move to the quarter-final.
    • Names will be posted on the website.
    June 10 – 14th, 2018: 
    • Top candidates from each chapter will travel, expenses paid, to Portugal for training and the quarter-final.   
    • You will have to confirm that you are able to travel within these posted dates at the time of your registration.
    2019: Date to be scheduled and announced:
    • Semi-final and Final round to be held in Canada in 2019.
    • Winner will have the title of Master of Port – Canada until the next Master of Port is named following the next competition.
    • Winner will win a trip for two to Portugal.

    The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers / L’Association Canadienne des Sommeliers Professionels (CAPS/ACSP) is honoured to have been invited to work with the the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto, I.P. (IVDP,I.P.)’, I.P. in delivering this national competition here in Canada.

  • Wed, January 31, 2018 11:15 AM | Graham Nordin (Administrator)

    [Vancouver, BC] The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), is happy to announce the title of Best Sommelier of British Columbia 2018 goes to: Sean Nelson, Sommelier at Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver. This is an incredibly well deserved and hard-earned win for Nelson, who also was awarded "Best Taster" of the day from Monday's competition.

    In a very tight finale, Nelson outscored second place winner Matthew Landry of the Stable House Bistro and third place winner Todd Prucyk of Hawksworth Restaurant to claim the 2018 Title.

    CAPS BC president Lesley Brown announced the winner at the post competition reception and dinner held at Encore @ Rogers Arena, “A huge congratulations Sean, and to both Matt and Todd for an incredible day of competition; and, a congratulations to all of the 13 competitors today...everyone should be proud of what they have accomplished.”

    More information

    The fourth annual competition, emceed this year by Shane Taylor (winner of 2017 Best Sommelier BC Competition), attracted sommeliers from across the province to compete in the Captains Room at Rogers Arena for the title of Best Sommelier of British Columbia 2018. The day started with an intense written theory exam and blind tasting. Then, the top three scoring sommeliers from the morning session were put through a series of practical tests such as executing a sparkling wine service, spotting errors in a written wine menu, a food & wine pairing, and a blind wine/spirit/and cocktail tasting; all done LIVE in front of 100+ spectators that filled the room at Rogers Arena.

    This year's competition judges were: Barbara Philip MW, Michaela Morris, and Sebastien Le Goff.

    The competition is coordinated and hosted by Technical Director (and Vice-President of CAPS, BC) DJ Kearney.

    The full list of competitors:

    • Christina Hartigan - Botanist Restaurant (Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel)
    • Calen Macdonald - Blue Water Café
    • Michael Hiram - AnnaLena
    • Matthew Landry - The Stable House Bistro
    • Shane Lobsinger - Sonora Resort
    • Adam Mayhew - Yew Seafood + Bar (Four Seasons Hotel)
    • Scott Mitchell - AnnaLena
    • Sean Nelson - Vij's Restaurant
    • Jayton Paul - Hawksworth Restaurant
    • Todd Prucyk - Hawksworth Restaurant
    • Tereza Roux - Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge (Wedgewood Hotel)
    • Peter Van de Reep - Campagnolo Restaurant
    • Jesse Walters - Burdock & Co.

     

    New Aspiring Sommelier Competition 2018

    New this year (and for the first time in Canada), CAPS BC hosted the 2018 BC Aspiring Sommelier Competition. This event was for any member of CAPS BC who earns at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment in any role, and who has an interest in participating in future Best Sommelier BC competitions. The event mimics the Best Sommelier BC format in order to give aspiring sommeliers the opportunity to understand what the competition is all about.

    The winner of the inaugural Aspiring Sommelier Competition 2018 is Ian Wharton of Blue Water Café. The runner up: Alex Anderson of Tap Restaurant.

    For his efforts, Wharton was awarded a $1000 Education Bursary (provided by Rust Wine Co.) to continue his education and further his professional development.

    The full list of competitors:

    • Ian Wharton - Blue Water Café
    • Alex Anderson - Tap Restaurant
    • Noel Hollett - The Vancouver Club
    • Jasmin Kohli-Bryans - AnnaLena
    • Michael Wong - Chambar
    • Eliza Bashkirova - Botanist

    Jason Yamasaki (Wine Director of the Joey Restaurant Group and Best Sommelier in BC 2015) and Mark Shipway (Director of Professional Development, CAPS – BC) oversaw the new competition. Jason mentioned as part of the awards announcement that "BC is leading the way with this competition. The sommelier community continues to build in BC and it is truly something special.”

    Congratulations again to all the competitors from both 2018 competitions; and, a special THANK YOU to all those volunteers, sponsors and supporters whose efforts all contribute to building the sommelier community here in British Columbia!

    About 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/

     

  • Fri, December 29, 2017 10:56 PM | Keith Nicholson (Administrator)


    Hosted by The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers British Columbia Chapter (CAPS BC), the fourth annual Best Sommelier of BC Competition returns January 29th, 2018 to Rogers Arena.

    This annual competition attracts some of the best and brightest sommeliers from across the province to compete for the title of BC's Best Sommelier 2018. This incredibly challenging competition includes both a written and practical examination. The practical exam will be held live (with tickets available for purchase) as the top three sommeliers from the written portion compete for the 2018 title. Ticket packages are now available for CAPS Members and Non-Members to view the competition and join the post-competition celebration dinner and announcements.

    The winner will be announced at the post-competition Dinner, hosted by CAPS BC, at the Encore Suite at Rogers Arena (doors open at 4:30pm).

    To be eligible, individuals must be accredited members of CAPS BC and must earn at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment as a sommelier. Competitors must also be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. 

    Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & reception/dinner).

    All those wishing to compete are to contact Lesley Brown (President - CAPS BC) for registration. Deadline to register to compete is January 15th, 2018. 

    Competition Details

    9:00am-11:00am - Preliminary competition, including written exam and blind tasting, with all candidates. This portion happens behind closed doors.

    12:00pm-4:30pm - The Top 3 Competitors will be announced and then compete live for Best Somm BC 2018. This portion is open to the public for viewing.

    Location: Captains Room, Rogers Arena (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

    Champions Dinner Details 

    4:30pm-8:00pm - Cocktail hour, dinner served, and winners announced.

    Location: Encore Suite, Rogers Arena  (Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way)

    Ticket Prices:

    CAPS Members

    $65 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package

    $40 - Reception/Dinner Only

    Non-Members

    $75 - Live Competition Viewing + Reception & Dinner Package  

    $50 - Reception/Dinner Only

    For the LIVE Competition Viewing only - $10 at the door (first come-first serve seating). Doors open at 12:00pm and the competition begins at 12:30pm.

    In addition - for the first time, CAPS BC is happy to announce the 2018 BC Aspiring Somm Competition.

    This event is open to any member of CAPS BC who earns at least 50% of their income from hospitality employment in any role as well as has an interest in participating in future Best Somm BC competitions. The event mimics the Best Somm BC format to give aspiring sommeliers the opportunity to understand what the competition is really all about. Competitors must also be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.  

    This event runs from 9:00am-12:00pm on Monday, January 29th at Rogers Arena.

    Aspiring Sommelier Registration Fee - $50 (includes competition, live Somm BC competition viewing & reception/dinner).

    The 2018 BC Aspiring Sommelier Winner will be announced prior to the Best Somm BC announcement on Monday evening.

    To register, please contact Mark Shipway (Director of Professional Development - CAPS BC).


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