Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Events / Wine Festivals / Wine News Mar 1, 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013 Trade Award Winners SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestVancouver, BC, March 1, 2013 — The Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun, announced this year’s trade competition winners at Celebrating Excellence: The 10th Annual Awards Lunch, presented by ContainerWorld Forwarding Services Inc., on Friday, March 1, 2013. The awards, which are sponsored by W. H. Puddifoot Ltd., honoured those professionals who contribute to our region’s exceptional wine and food culture. Guests enjoyed lunch prepared by Vancouver Convention Centre executive chef Blair Rasmussen and toasted winners with wines from California, this year’s festival theme region.SPIRITED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL (SIP) AWARDThe Spirited Industry Professional Award honours an individual who makes significant contributions to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia. The eighth annual SIP Award goes to industry legend Sid Cross. Sid travels the globe as a wine and food writer and educator and volunteers his time to numerous culinary causes. Sid is honorary president of the International Wine & Food Society and judges competitions like the Canadian Wine Awards and Canadian Culinary Championships. He is internationally recognized for his exceptional palate: he is an officer of France’s Ordre du Merite Agricole; a wines committee chair of the International Wine and Food Society in London, England; and the only Canadian to be honoured as a Membre d’Honneur of the L’Academie du vin de Bordeaux.SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR AWARDThe 13th annual Sommelier of the Year Award recognizes outstanding wine knowledge and wine service. The Sommelier of the Year is awarded based on votes by key members of the industry and is included in the May Restaurant Awards issue of Vancouver Magazine. This year’s award goes to sommelier Samantha Rahn. Samantha was trained at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and previously worked at Banff’s Maple Leaf Grill & Lounge, where she earned the restaurant prestigious accolades such as Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. Now wine director at Whistler’s famed Araxi, Samantha is passionate about wine, using her knowledge and years of experience to craft the restaurant’s acclaimed wine list.WINE LIST AWARDSCelebrating the best food and wine pairings in the business, restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta have been recognized for creating wine lists that complement their establishment’s unique menu and concept. Candidates submitted their wine and menu lists, and were then visited by judges who reviewed their programs. The top restaurants were awarded Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, or commended with an Honourable Mention. The Wine List Awards are sponsored by Vancouver Magazine. METRO VANCOUVERPlatinumBlue Water CafeCioppino’s Mediterranean GrillWine Room at Joey Bentall OneGoldBrix Restaurant & Wine BarChambarCinCinHawksworth RestaurantJoe Fortes Seafood & Chop HouseMARKET by Jean-GeorgesNicli Antica PizzeriaSalt Tasting RoomTableau Bar BistroWestYEW restaurant + barSilverBao BeiCibo Trattoria and Uva Wine BarEdible Canada at the MarketProvence: The Wine BarThe ObservatoryZestBronzeLe GavrocheLift Bar Grill ViewThe Beach HouseHonourable MentionFable KitchenGramercy GrillRaincity GrillThe Fish House in Stanley ParkWHET WHISTLERGoldAlta BistroAraxi RestaurantRimrock CaféSilverThe Grill Room at Fairmont Chateau Whistler VICTORIA AND VANCOUVER ISLANDGoldVis à Vis wine + charcuterie barSilverHotel Grand PacificNautical NelliesStage Wine BarBronzeIl Terrazzo RistoranteVeneto Tapa LoungeHonourable MentionThe Grand Hotel Nanaimo OTHER BCGoldThe Restaurant at Painted Boat (Madeira Park)SilverEmerald Lake Lodge (Field)La Bussola (Kelowna)Local Lounge & Grille (Summerland) CALGARY & OTHER ALBERTAPlatinumCilantroDivino Wine & Cheese BistroVin Room MissionGoldThe Ranche RestaurantVin Room WestSilverBuffalo Mountain LodgeRushHonourable MentionBar C BLIND TASTING CHALLENGEOn Wednesday February 27, 2013, wine trade and service professionals, culinarians, and non-professional connoisseurs alike competed in the Blind Tasting Challenge. They blind tasted seven wines and identified them using the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s Systematic Approach to Tasting. This year the Blind Tasting Challenge winners were Wendy Spicknell (consumer) Murray Bancroft (culinarian) and Chris Turyk (trade). Vancouver International Wine Festivalwine 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 ... 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