The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS Ontario) is pleased to announce the winner of the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition 2017. Emily Pearce-Bibona of Femmes du Vins and sommelier at Barberian's Steak House in Toronto won the coveted title of Best Ontario Sommelier after a day long program of competitive challenges at the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts at George Brown College on March 5, 2017. The two runners-up in a tight race of 24 participants were Jose Luis Fernandez, sommelier at Quatrefoil restaurant in Dundas, followed by Nathan Morrell, sommelier at Bar Isabel in Toronto.
The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival is in full swing all around town, and by the time it wraps up Sunday night, dishwashers will have dealt with 82,000 wine glasses. And countless plates, cups and cutlery.
U.S. exports of wine - the bulk of it from California - set a record in 2016 despite having to fight a strong dollar, subsidies and barriers in other countries and a tight water and labor supply at home, according to the Wine Institute.
The comments were received positively by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who came to the United States seeking to ensure Canada was not crippled as Trump re-negotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement. The neighboring leaders, polar opposites in nearly every way, took up the thorny subjects of trade and immigration at their first face to face meeting Monday.
On Jan. 18, in a surprise move, the Obama administration launched a trade challenge with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Canada in respect of B.C.-only wine on British Columbia grocery-store shelves - with all of two days left in its mandate. And as of Feb. 7, New Zealand and the European Union had given notice to the WTO that they too would join consultations on the matter.
There's a common belief in Northwest wine industry that if a site produces plump cherries, then it bodes well for wine grapes. That's certainly played out for Chris and Betty Jentsch in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, who founded C.C. Jentsch Cellars south of Oliver. The Jentsch family moved from Germany to Canada in 1929 and settled in the Kelowna area, becoming successful at farming cherries and tree fruits.
An ongoing trade dispute swirling around liquor sales in British Columbia reached new heights as the United States filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization last month, accusing the Canadian province of discriminating against American wine.
A global leader in measurement and analytics, this new measurement data further expands Nielsen's Beverage Alcohol coverage in one of Canada's most populated provinces, allowing a more comprehensive understanding of consumers' shopping behavior across beer, wine and spirits.
Few principals in the British Columbia wine industry are as flamboyant as Curtis Krouzel, yet his passion and dedication at 50th Parallel Estate Winery have meshed with winemaking talent Grant Stanley to produce some of the Pacific Northwest's most sophisticated wines.
It can be tough entering the world of dating when you're over 50 - especially if online dating isn't your thing. So, a Saskatoon woman has come up with an idea that's tailored to those who prefer to meet face to face.
The latest allows any business in B.C. to apply for a licence to serve liquor, and though the final say still rests with municipal governments, it's expected Alberta's neighbour will soon have art galleries, bookstores, and yes, barber shops, were ordering a glass of wine or cold brew is both allowed and encouraged.