Written By Treve Ring Libations / Wine Festivals Jul 22, 2011 Taste Victoria: Wine List & Sommelier of the Year Awards SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAt yesterday’s Trade Event for Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, the inaugural wine list awards and sommelier of the year awards were presented. Applications were numerous and wide-ranging, the criteria was detailed and specific, and judges entered into numerous debates in determining the winners. The awards were judged over the past month by top industry professionals including DJ Kearney, Gary Hynes, John Schreiner, Mark Shipway, Pamela Sanderson, Sharon McLean, Tim Pawsey and Treve Ring.2011 TASTE WINE LIST AWARDS sponsored by EAT Magazine Most Diner Friendly Wine Menu : Zambri’sJudges looked for a wine list that is approachable and easy for diners to understand. It has an innovative design that complements the restaurant’s theme, clear organization and no-nonsense descriptions. The list should not be intimidating. Well trained staff that can answer questions is the final step in ensuring diners can feel confident about making their wine selection at Zambri’s. Honourable Mentions: Nautical Nellies, Butchart Gardens, Galiano Inn Best Showcase of Island Wines : Butchart Gardens Dining Room RestaurantThis award recognizes the wine list that best showcases the wines of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. It has a diversity of producers, styles and price points – and innovative pairing with the restaurant’s menu. Butchart Gardens’ commitment to staff training is an integral part of educating diners and building awareness. Honourable Mentions: Galiano Inn Best Overall Wine Program : Zambri’s This closely contended award had the judges deliberating for a lengthy time. In the end, Zambri’s stood in front to take the top prize. Their wine list offers a fabulous selection of quality producers that complements the menu in price, size and style. The wine program is innovative and promotes wine knowledge and appreciation through by the glass offerings, seasonal features and wine dinners. Zambri’s also demonstrates a strong commitment to staff education and has qualified wine professionals on staff led by sommelier, Frances Sidhe. Honourable Mentions: Butchart Gardens, Galiano Inn, Nautical Nellies, Empress Room 2011 SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR AWARD sponsored by Mission Hill Family Estate WineryThis award recognizes the top sommelier on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands who is passionate, professional, knowledgeable, approachable and committed to building a vibrant wine culture. This person works the floor, interacting with guests and staff on a daily basis. The recipient was also required to be certified by an accredited sommelier program, and continuing to take steps in furthering his or her wine education regularly.The field was so tight that four candidates were shortlisted, and had to perform before and answer to a panel of wine professionals. Jacques Lacoste of Lure at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa impressed with his food and wine pairing principals, calm and friendly demeanor and willingness to contribute and further his knowledge. Honourable Mentions: Rich Massey (Galiano Inn), Frances Sidhe (Zambri’s), Tatum Claypool (Markus’ Wharfside Restaurant)taste victoriawine awards SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.