VANCOUVER — Sarah McCauley is the new wine director of CinCin Ristorante, according to a recent company announcement.
“Sarah has determinedly worked her way ever upward at Top Table restaurants, while continuously improving her professional wine credentials,” said Jack Evrensel, president of Top Table Group, the restaurant’s parent company.
Beginning in 2002 as a server at sister restaurant West, McCauley took a leave overseas to work at London hotspot Zuma. She returned to Vancouver as a senior server and maitre’sd at CinCin’s sister restaurant, Blue Water Cafe where her passion for guests’s experiences gave her a strong leadership role.
McCauley recently completed her diploma and Certified Instructor designation from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. She has also attended Vin Italy for the last several years, renewing her wine connections in Tuscany and Piedmont, while constantly refining her knowledge of Italian wines, “the better to arrange the perfect marriage with CinCin’s menus,” says Evrensel.
McCauley manages an extensive wine cellar, including what has been acknowledged as the best selection of Antinori wines in Canada and deep vertical collections of other top Italian producers such as Bertaini, Gaja, Ornellaia and Sassicaia. She also works with a carefully compiled portfolio of labels from British Columbia to California and around the world.