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The competition was close, but a winner was declared in the recent industry-wide hospitality industry competition to declare the new National Sommelier Champion of Canada.
Ten candidates from all over Canada participated, representing the best sommeliers in the country. Pier-Alexis Soulière, from Plessisville, Quebec, and sommelier at Le Clan restaurant in Vieux Quebec, was named the winner of the 2020 Best Sommelier in Canada Competition, following an intense two-day event that took place at Poplar Grove Winery in British Columbia. , in a strict and socially distanced place.
The first runner-up was Matthew Landry, wine director of the Stable House Bistro of South Granville in Vancouver, followed by Emily Pearce, chief sommelier of The York Club in Toronto and founder of Femmes du Vin.
Soulière will now represent Canada on the world stage in the next Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) World’s Best Sommelier contest, which will take place in Paris in 2023.
This special event was organized by the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS / ACSP, ( sommelierscanada.com ) – Canada’s only national sommelier association, with five regional chapters. The competition was fierce, culminating in two intense days that involved blind taste tests.
“The Canadian sommelier community is vitally important to the entire local Ontario wine industry as they are our storytellers,” said Magdalena Kaiser, Wine Marketing Assoc., Ontario in a recent statement. “VQA Wines of Ontario is proud to support your profession through this national competition.”
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