TORONTO — The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) has revealed the five regional sommeliers competing in the Best Ontario Sommelier finals (BOSC22), the province’s largest and most diverse wine-and-food event of its kind.
On Nov.14, the sommeliers will be challenged in a series of skill-testing scenarios, including blind tasting and service components at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The BOSC grand prize winner will go on to represent the Best Canadian Sommelier Competition (BCSC).
Preliminary competitions took place on Aug.15, consisting of written exams and a blind tasting of a curated list of high-profile wines and spirits at Play Food and Wine in Ottawa, 124 on Queen St. Hotel and Spa at The Gatehouse Bistro in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. and SIPS in Toronto.
The top-five semi-finalists are:
- Justin Madol, sommelier, Don Alfonso 1890, Toronto
- Connor Gallagher, sommelier, Atelier, Ottawa
- Nathan Hooper, sommelier, Grand Cru Deli / Sommelier Factory, Toronto
- Christian Perreault Hamel, general manager / sommelier, Pompette and co-owner of Pelican Wines Toronto
- Christophe Reitz, sommelier, Quatrefoil Restaurant, Dundas, Ont.
“It is our goal at CAPS to provide a safe and nurturing environment for wine professionals to continue their education while refining their skills,” says James Peden, 2022-2023 CAPS Ontario president and director of Operations at Liberty Entertainment Group. “We’re proud of these finalists and look forward to intense, high-level competition for the finals.”