Announcing Canada’s Best Sommelier


March 8, 2015, Toronto

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommelier CAPS and Wine Country Ontario, we are pleased to announce Canada’s Best Sommelier, Elyse Lambert, Sommelier Consultant, Maison Boulud, Ritz Carlton, Montreal, Quebec. Congratulations as well to second place winner Steven Robinson, Atelier Restaurant, Ottawa, Ontario and in third place Carl Villeneuve Lepage, Toqué! Montreal, Quebec. A toast to these competitors who faced a grueling preliminary exam yesterday that included components of service, theory and tasting followed by a live performance this afternoon in front of their peers and public at Montecito restaurant in Toronto.

Thank you to our distinguished judges John Szabo MS, principal critic WineAlign, Geoff Kruth MS, Chief Operating Officer for the Guild of Sommeliers and Ricardo Grellet, founder and Vice-President of the National Association of Sommeliers of Chile as well as our guest judge Magdalena Kaiser.

Some of our champions have will have the opportunity to compete in the upcoming APAS competition in Chile April 20-25th and the ASI World Competition in 2016.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Wines of Chile, Banville & Jones, Inniskillin,

Louis Martini, British Columbia Wine Institute, Eska, Moët & Chandon. Major prizes were thankfully received from Tolaini, SAQ, Wines of Greece, Wines of Germany, Wines of South Africa.

If you would like further information regarding the competition, would like photographs or to arrange interviews with the candidates, please contact Sara d’Amato, PR representative CAPS Ontario at

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