CAPS Ontario Announces Return of BOSC 2022 Competition


TORONTO — The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) has announced the return of the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition (BOSC), scheduled for October 3 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The BOSC will challenge sommeliers in a series of skill-testing scenarios, including blind tasting and service components. Tickets and tables will go on sale in September.

Additionally, the CAPS Ontario Board will host three live, regional preliminary tasting events on August 15 at 12 p.m. Competitors across the province will donate $40 to compete and the funds will support student scholarships to enhance their careers. The Ottawa participants will blind taste at Play Food and Wine, Niagara participants will compete at The Gatehouse Bistro and Toronto participants will compete at SIPS. The top five scores will go on to compete at the provincial finals in Toronto in October. From there, the winner of BOSC will move on to represent Ontario at the Best Canadian Sommelier Competition (BCSC).

“We want to give Ontario wine professionals across the province continuing opportunities to hone their skills by offering the opportunity to taste wines and test their knowledge in a competitive, high-pressure situation regionally,” says James Peden, 2022-2023 CAPS Ontario president and director of Operations at Liberty Entertainment Group. “As always, funds raised from entry donations will allow us to sponsor wine professionals requiring financial assistance and scholarships to further their careers.”

“The August 15 BOSC preliminaries are open to all who want to test their knowledge in a safe and inclusive environment,” says Stephanie Guth, 2022-2023 CAPS Ontario vice-president. “We encourage everyone interested in competition or just who want to experience an exam setting to participate.”

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