CAPS Contender Elyse Lambert giving Winemaker Jean-Francois Bourdy a hard time in Jura

Inniskillin Wines is very proud to partner with CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) as the title sponsor of Canada’s Best Sommelier Competition 2012.

This prestigious event is taking place at the Delta Halifax, Nova Scotia September 17th & 18th and Good Food Revolution’s intrepid Jamie Drummond will be there to capture every heart-stopping slurp, spit, and swallow.

Inniskillin has had a long history with CAPS and this sponsorship demonstrates our continued commitment and support of this dedicated, professional association. The winner of the competition will be presented with the “Inniskillin Award for Best Sommelier of Canada” and appropriately will be toasted with Inniskillin Icewine.

All previous CAPS provincial sommelier competition winners are eligible to compete at this top level. The winner of the competition will be given the title of the Best Sommelier of Canada 2012 and will represent the country in the Best Sommelier Competition of the Americas in Brazil later this year, as well as the World’s Best Sommelier Competition in 2013 in Japan.

The format will be similar to the competitions of the Americas, as well as the World, and competitors will be asked to compete in a language other than their own.

The competitors from each chapter are as follows:

Atlantic: Robert Noel
Ontario: Will Predhomme, Bruce Wallner
Quebec: Élyse Lambert, Véronique Rivest, Bertrand Eichel

CAPS will be making a live webcast of the competition available to the public. To access the feed, click on this link on the day of the event:

To purchase tickets to the events, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Schedule of events:

Sunday, September 16th 

Evening – 8:00pm – Opening Reception Featuring Nova Tidal Bay and Sparkling wines at Obladee Wine Bar (open exclusively to judges, competitors and special guests/media)

Monday, September 17th

Morning – Preliminary competition
Afternoon – 2:30pm Departure from Delta Halifax – Nova Scotia wine tour and dinner at Domaine de Grand Pre’s Le Caveau (open exclusively to judges, competitors and special guests/media)

Tuesday, September 18th

Morning – Master Class – by Benjamin Bridge & Peter Gamble.
Topic – Methode Champenoise: Focusing on Nova Scotia’s long term potential for the production of high quality sparkling wine. Open to the public – $42/person. Tickets may be purchased here.
Afternoon – 1:00 – Competition Finale- Open to the public at the Delta Halifax
Afternoon – 5:00-7:00 Constellation Brands Wine Tasting Reception at Delta Halifax (open to competition audience and also included in ticket price for Gala Dinner)
Evening – 7:00 Gala Dinner
Five course dinner with paired wines; Awards Presentation including Inniskillin Award for Best Sommelier of Canada. $150/person. Tickets may be purchased here.

1. Sara d’Amato, PR representative CAPS Ontario at (event information, interview requests, or to attend)
2. Deborah Pratt, Winery Public Relations, Inniskillin Wines 1-888-466-4754 x 5410

CAPS Ontario, CAPS Atlantic and ACSP (Quebec) are all affiliated with Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, an organization representing professional sommeliers worldwide.