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Fontantafredda: The Third Wave of Barolo

An Interview with Fontanafredda’s Roberto Bruno The modernist versus traditionalist movement in Barolo all made for some great drama. There were the small traditional fastidious farmers on one side battling to save their traditions in the face of young upstarts seeking to bring a historical wine region […]

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Remembering a Canadian Icon

Remembering a Canadian Wine IconHere at Arterra Wines Canada, we are deeply saddened by the news of the recent passing of Karl Kaiser, co-founder of Inniskillin Wines. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Silvia, children Magdalena, Andrea and Max, and his seven grandchildren.Karl was one […]

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ASI NEWS

ASI PRESS RELEASE New committees and announcements trigger the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) plan for 2018 The establishment of new committees and a series of announcements has triggered the ASI plan for 2018, confirming the recently elected administration commitment to improve flow of communication within […]

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Carl Villeneuve LePage – Best Sommelier Canada 2017

[Vancouver, BC] After an intensive two-day competition alongside Canada’s top sommeliers, Carl Lepage-Villeneuve, sommelier, Restaurant Toque!, Montreal, Quebec, has been named the Best Sommelier of Canada. The runner-up sommeliers are Pier Alexis Souliere, Manresa Restaurant, Los Gatos California (from Quebec); and Steven Robinson, sommelier, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, […]

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Best Sommelier of Canada Gala Champions Dinner – Sept 5, Victoria Restaurant, Vancouver

With little more than a week to go before the start of the Best Sommelier of Canada competition, final preparations are being made for the featured events including the spectacular ‘Gala Champions Dinner’ set for Tuesday, September 5th at Victoria Restaurant in Vancouver. The venue choice brings […]

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Fresh & Wild: Kim Gertler Interviews Jean-Benoit DesLauriers of Benjamin Bridge

The tale of Benjamin Bridge is one of the success stories in Canada’s young history as a winemaking country. It took years of careful planning, experimentation, international expertise and a significant financial investment but it’s an investment that has paid off. Glowing reviews for the wines have […]

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Meet Domer Rafael: Best Sommelier of Manitoba

With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, Domer Rafael has held numerous positions (both front and back of the house) in many outlets and establishments in Winnipeg. At the present time, Domer is the Food and Beverage Manager at the Manitoba Club, Western Canada’s oldest […]

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Meet Carl Villeneuve LePage: Quebec

Carl Villeneuve Lepage is currently working as a sommelier at Restaurant Toqué! in Montreal. He studied at Institut du Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec and he also acquired a certificate in oenology at Université du Vin de Suze-Larousse, France. He has studied with the Court of Master […]

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Meet Pier-Alexis Soulière: Best Sommelier of Quebec 2017

Pier-Alexis Soulière has dedicated the past 10 years of his career providing world class wine service and enhancing guests experience in some of the most demanding environments. The journey started in Montréal and brought him to excel on 3 different continents; from London, to Sydney, to New-York […]

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Lesley Quinn – Atlantic Canada’s Best Sommelier

Lesley Quinn was born and raised in Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. She had planned on becoming a philosophy professor but while writing her Masters at the University of Auckland Quinn took a part-time job that included a few shifts in a vineyard and was hooked. […]

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