February 7, 2013

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, Ontario Chapter, presents Team Canada: Will Predhomme (Ontario) and Veronique Rivest (Quebec – who will also be representing the Americas).  Our team will be competing at the 14th A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World taking place in Tokyo, on 27th, 28th and 29th March 2013. Our delegation to Tokyo also includes coaches and support personnel who will also fulfill our obligations to participate in Association de la Somellerie Internationale (A.S.I) meetings. The candidates and official delegations from over fifty countries are being received in Tokyo on the 26th at the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, where the quarter-final (27th) and semi-final (28th) are planned. The final, on the 29th afternoon, will gather the best candidates, and will take place at the International Forum in a room for 5,000 people.

Every three years this global competition is held to award the title of Best Sommelier in the World. Predhomme and Rivest will be tested against representatives from over 55 member and observer countries, including the Best Sommeliers of Europe, Americas and Asia-Oceania.  Competitors are tested, in a language other than their mother tongue, on theory, practical and blind tasting skills as a sommelier.

In order to assist the team in their efforts, we are hosting a benefit on Sunday, February 24th at Canoe Restaurant.   We anticipate the wine community to turn out, in record numbers, to support ‘Team Canada’ and the global Sommelier profession. Guests will be afforded the opportunity to meet the principals of top wineries, enjoy cocktails, the finest spirits, wine and craft beer, not to mention terrific entertainment and great networking opportunities. Complementary hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be prepared by Canoe’s chefs and some of Ontario’s industry suppliers and supporters. Hobnobbing with the who’s who of the Canadian wine world as well contributing to Team Canada’s success at the Sommelier ‘World’s Best Sommelier’ competition awaits our guests. Our goal is to raise funds for our delegates through the effort of this event, which will include a variety of exciting raffle and auction items.


Can’t make it.  Not to worry, you can still make a contribution through our Eventbrite link:


Where: Canoe Restaurant & Bar

When :  Sunday, February 24th, 2013,  4:00 – 7:00 pm

Who: Open to all, $35 entrance fee

See our Eventbrite page:

Sponsorship available, $1,000 per spot 6-8 spots available.

This is Ontario and Canada’s opportunity to reinforce our position as a place in the world, & we cannot do this without the support of our community, city, province, & country. We are asking you to contribute to our success, while participating in the lives that we lead.

In addition, delegate Bruce Wallner MS is holding two CAPS sanctioned tasting events in an effort to help fund Team Canada. Details are as follows:

Taste like a world competitor:  Experience tasting at the world competition level

Date & Time: Tues, Feb. 26th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:  $30  (maximum 30 people)

Event Sponsored By:  The Small Winemakers Collection Inc, B & W Wines, Lifford Wine & Spirits, Roger’s & Co. and The Vine – Robert Groh Agency

Format:  Wine tasting tutorial format.   Reviewing structure and experience of tasting at the competition level. Wines will be tasted by all participants.

Location:  IWEG Drinks Academy – 211 Yonge Street Suite 501

Sommelier Smack-down

Date & Time:  Tues. Mar. 5th – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:  $30 (maxiumum 60 people)

Event Sponsored By: The Small Winemakers Collection Inc, B & W Wines, Lifford Wine & Spirits, Roger’s & Co. and The Vine – Robert Groh Agency

Format:  A Sommelier Smackdown with Veronique Rivest (ASI Best Sommelier of the Americas, 2012 & CAPS’s Inniskillin Best Sommelier of Canada – CAPS 2012), Will Predhomme (Competitor, ASI Best Sommelier of the Americas, 2012 & Finalist, CAPS’s  Inniskillin Best Sommelier of Canada, 2012), and Bruce Wallner, MS and Sommelier Team Canada Trainer.  This fun event and test your abilities against these highly skilled professionals!

Location:   The Sommelier Factory – 303 King Street West

For more information on both of Bruce’s events, please email him directly at

If you would like further information please contact Sara d’Amato, PR representative CAPS Ontario at

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

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