Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Festivals / Wine News Jul 25, 2012 Taste Wine List Award Winners Announced SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestKathy McAree, Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, Brooke Fader, Sooke Harbour House, Erika Staffanson, Vis a Vis Wine & Charcuterie Bar, Gary Hynes, Editor, EAT Magazine. Photo by Maryanne Carmack.July 25, 2012, Victoria, B.C. – Proud of the culinary scene on Vancouver Island, founder of Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, Kathy McAree is thrilled to announce the winners of Taste’s annual industry awards after a hugely successful opening event. The Main Event brought hundreds of food and wine lovers together at Crystal Garden in downtown Victoria to experience a cornucopia of local flavours and tastes.The 2012 Taste Wine List Awards presented by EAT Magazine were awarded at Taste’s Trade Tasting prior to The Main Event which uncorked Taste on Thursday July 19.Most Diner Friendly Wine Menu was awarded to Vis a Vis Wine & Charcuterie Bar who have 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. Their pricing structure is set to encourage guests to order by the glass with one, five and eight ounce pour options. Vis a Vis’ wine tag system identifies each glass with a stem tag that indicates the winery, wine and vintage. Knowledgeable staff ensure diners can feel confident about making their wine selection at Vis a Vis on Oak Bay Avenue.Best Showcase of Island Wines went to Sooke Harbour House. This 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. Sooke Harbour House’s commitment to staff training is an integral part of educating diners and building awareness and appreciation of local wines.Best Overall Wine Program was also awarded to Sooke Habour House. The Sooke Harbour House 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 special tastings and events. Sooke Harbour House also demonstrates a strong commitment to staff education and has qualified wine professionals on staff.The awards were judged by top industry professionals John Schreiner, Tim Pawsey and Treve Ring and moderated by local Master of Wine candidate Sharon McLean.After four days of indulgence, Taste wrapped Sunday evening with a delectable long table dinner at Vantreight Farms – a true culinary experience right at the source. Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine is an annual event which showcases the wine and culinary riches of our backyard.FestivalVictoriaWinewine list awards SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.