• Thu, September 21, 2017 3:07 PM | Keith Nicholson (Administrator)

    We are excited to introduce the new President of the CAPS BC Chapter, Ms. Lesley Brown.

    Lesley is the BC Sales Manager at Bacchus Group and a long time Industry professional and wine educator with extensive experience in retail, sales and education.  She takes the helm at an exciting time for CAPS BC and is looking forward to growing the chapter and making it even more relevant to members. When asked about plans for CAPS, Lesley said, “It’s an exciting time – we have a solid foundation and now it’s time to grow.  I look forward to delivering even more value for our members by offering more tastings, professional development opportunities for both seasoned and new sommeliers and of course continuing with our competitions.  I am very excited for the future.”Lesley is supported by a new-look Board, with some new faces, new responsibilities and lots of enthusiasm – we’ll name names soon!

    Expect more from CAPS next year.  Plans are still being made, but look for news soon on:

    - the launch of CAPS Professional Sommelier Certification in 2018;

    2018’s Best Somm BC Competition;

    - more tastings and socials where you can kept in touch with trends and connect with your peers.

    We also say a sad goodbye and a huge thank you to the first president of the BC Chapter, Michelle Bouffard.  Michelle’s vision and tireless energy steered us through our launch and culminated in the highly successful Best Sommelier of Canada Competition in Vancouver last week.  What a high note you left us on, Michelle.  Merci et bonne chance dans votre prochaine grande aventure!

    Finally, a call out to our partners who understand what we do and have supported us in our journey in a very big way! E&J Gallo, Lifford and and Mark Anthony, thank you so very much! 

    Be a part of our exciting future.  Let us know your ideas for future CAPS events.

    For further information about becoming a member, visit www.bc.sommelierscanada.ca/join-us 

  • Tue, September 05, 2017 11:00 PM | Keith Nicholson (Administrator)

    After an intensive two-day competition alongside Canada’s top sommeliers, Carl Lepage-Villeneuve, sommelier, Restaurant Toque!, Montreal, Quebec, has been named the Best Sommelier of Canada.

    The runner-up sommeliers are Pier Alexis Souliere, Manresa Restaurant, Los Gatos California (from Quebec); and Steven Robinson, sommelier, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, Ontario.

    The national competition, presented by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) was hosted for the first time ever by the CAPS BC Chapter in Vancouver at Rogers Arena on September 5, 2017. 

    The three finalists were short listed after competing against six of their peers September 4 with a written exam and blind tasting; and then the following day, each was challenged with a practical examination that had them making cocktails, decanting and serving wine, and performing a live blind tasting, all as error-free as possible. 

    It was a high pressure, stress-inducing situation for each of the three finalists, as a capacity crowd of 150 trade and public attended to watch. Additionally, the event was live streamed, and several viewing parties took place in cities across the country.

    The winning title was announced later on the evening of September 5 at Victoria Chinese Restaurant, where 150 members of the wine and food community in Vancouver attended to show their support for the profession.

    Villeneuve will represent Canada at the Best Sommelier of the America’s to be held in Montreal, 2018, and has the right to compete for the chance to go to the Best Sommelier of the World competition in Belgium, 2019.

    In addition to the title, Villeneuve-Lepage takes home close to $40,000 in prizes, including trips, gifts and a $10,000 cash prize.

    The winners & prizes:

    1st PLACE/ The Best Sommelier of Canada:
    Carl Lepage-Villeneuve, Restaurant Toque!, Montreal, Quebec

    Villeneuve takes home the title, as well as an armload of prizes:
    • The Grand Prize, presented by E&J Gallo, includes a flight to California and visits to E&J Gallo’s finest estates
    • $10,000 cash and $5,000 in wine, furnished by SAQ
    • Trip to Attend To Kalon Certification at the Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley, scenic hot air balloon ride over the Napa Valley, hands on vineyard education sessions, guided cycling tour through To Kalon Vineyard, and five-star accommodations.
    • Trip to China for One Belt One Road International Sommelier Summit and Challenge
    • Trip to the Okanagan Valley and the estates of Mission Hill, presented by Mission Hill
    • Trip to Toronto for lunch with Michel Rolland, presented by ARAEX
    • Personalized Vancouver Canucks jersey presented by Rogers Arena
    • Five Hundred Dollars presented by Exquis
    • Single Malt Glass, presented by Nova Scotian Crystal
    • Inniskillin Icewine Glasses by Riedel, presented by Inniskllin, and an accompanying selection of Inniskillin’s Award-Winning Icewine

    2nd PLACE:
    Pier Alexis Souliere, Manresa Restaurant, CA
    • Trip to Argentina Wine Country, presented by Wines of Argentina
    • Trip to the Okanagan Valley and the estates of Mission Hill, presented by Mission Hill
    • Five Hundred Dollars, presented by Exquis
    • Personalized Vancouver Canucks jersey presented by Rogers Arena
    • Single Malt Glass, presented by Nova Scotian Crystal
    • Inniskillin Icewine Glasses by Riedel, presented by Inniskillin, and an accompanying selection of Inniskillin’s Award-Winning Icewine

    3rd PLACE:
    Steven Robinson, sommelier, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Trip to Best Sommeliers of America’s Competition Montreal, May 2018, presented by CAPS
    • Trip to the Okanagan Valley and the estates of Mission Hill, presented by Mission Hill
    • Five Hundred Dollars, presented by Exquis
    • Personalized Vancouver Canucks jersey presented by Rogers Arena
    • Single Malt Glass, presented by Nova Scotian Crystal
    • Inniskillin Icewine Glasses by Riedel, presented by Inniskllin, and an accompanying selection of Inniskillin’s Award-Winning Icewine

    Wine Taster of the Day
    Steven Robinson, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, Ontario
    Wins $1,000 USD Delta Air Lines Voucher Courtesy of the Vancouver International Wine Festival

    Highest Theory Score
    Pier Alexis Souliere, Manresa Restaurant, CA
    Wins $1,000 USD Delta Air Lines Voucher Courtesy of the Vancouver International Wine Festival

    Spirit Taster of the Day
    Pier Alexis Souliere, Manresa Restaurant, CA
    Wins Nova Scotian Crystal Decanter and Single Malt Glasses & The Macallan Rare Cask

    Best Sake and Food Pairing
    TIE:
    Emily Pearce Bibona, The York Club
    Steven Robinson, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, Ontario.
    Each win a magnum of Dom Perignon Rose Champagne

    The Judges
    Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, New York
    Véronique Rivest (2nd place at the World’s Best Sommelier competition, in 2013), Quebec
    John Szabo, Master Sommelier, Ontario

    All Competitors

    ATLANTIC
    Lesley Quinn, Sommelier, Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

    QUEBEC
    Carl LePage Villeneuve, Sommelier, Restaurant Toque
    Pier Alexis Souliere, Sommelier, Manresa Restaurant

    ONTARIO
    Emily Pearce Bibona, Sommelier, The York Club
    Steven Robinson, Sommelier, Atelier Restaurant

    PRAIRIES
    Domar Rafael, Food & beverage manager, The Manitoba Club

    BRITISH COLUMBIA
    Shane Taylor, Wine director, Cin Cin Ristorante + Bar
    Alistair Veen, Chef & owner, Tap Restaurant
    Jason Yamasaki, Group sommelier, Joey Wine Group

    Photos credit: Scott Little.

  • Thu, July 13, 2017 2:38 PM | Keith Nicholson (Administrator)

    We have just recently revamped our website with Wild Apricot.  This combines resources for membership management, event ticket sales, membership mail-outs and future course registration.  It is our hope that this will streamline the communication and the ticket sales of our future events and ultimately provide more value to our membership.  If you are presently a member, when you log-in, you must reset your password.  Thank you for patience and we appreciate your feedback.

    Cheers! CAPS BC



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