Ontario Sommeliers Sharpen Skills for Epic Wine Challenge

Ontario Sommeliers Sharpen Skills for Epic Wine Challenge

Best Ontario Sommelier Competition

Sunday March 5th 2017, George Brown College – Hospitality and Tourism Campus, 300 Adelaide St E, Toronto

An epic wine challenge will culminate on March 5th, with a single sommelier being proclaimed the very best in Ontario.

The call has already gone out across the province. To qualify, competitors must be sommeliers currently working in Ontario who agree to partake in an extreme program of testing, tasting, pairing and serving in front of an audience of their peers and the public.

“Armed with their knowledge, palates, panache and pride – the competitors vying for the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition are like tableside Olympians who will stun you with their brilliance.” - Sara d’Amato, President, CAPS Ontario

The day is set up like a ‘pentathlon’ of wine. After completing an hour-long exam testing their wine knowledge, competitors will take part in a blind tasting of four different wines. The three competitors who score the highest from the morning of testing and tasting will face a final ‘gauntlet’ of sommeliers’ challenges:

  • A wine list and/or photo correction;
  • A wine service challenge in a simulated restaurant setting;
  • A verbal blind tasting of wine and spirits, as well as:
  • A wine and food pairing challenge.

In addition to the ‘bragging rights,’ there will be some great prizes for the winners – but for those taking on the province’s biggest wine challenge – it’s all about professional development. As the former victors attest, winning BOSC is a real career-booster:

“For sommeliers, there is no better way to elevate yourself from the pack and to establish your career than by participating and having success in BOSC. There is literally nothing to lose and everything to gain.” - Steven Robinson, BOSC Winner, 2014

“As a past winner of the BOSC Ontario Sommelier Competition, I can honestly say that this award helps promote excellence in our sommelier community. Past winners have gone on to play vital roles in the wine and spirits industry in Canada and abroad.” - Jennifer Heuther, Master Sommelier, former BOSC winner

The public is invited to take part in an amazing day of wine and food, including sampling from superb tasting stations and numerous opportunities to win great prizes in a raffle and silent auction. At the end of the day – they’ll be there to raise a glass of sparkling wine to toast Ontario’s new champion sommelier!


For interviews and media inquiries:

Kim Gertler
CAPS Director, Media and Communications
(416) 767-1475

For event tickets: 

To compete in the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition