• 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).

  • 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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