VANCOUVER — The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) named Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar’s Ian Wharton the 2018 Aspiring Sommelier of the Year at the organization’s annual competition. Wharton is the first recipient of this newly minted award.
“In many ways, Ian embodies a seasoned sommelier who builds a relationship with his dining guests to select wines based upon their preferences and the nuances of winemaking,” says William Mulholland, Wine director, Blue Water Cafe. “We’re delighted to have Ian as part of such a strong team to pair vintages from around the world with executive chef Frank Pabst’s stellar cooking.”
Established in 1989, CAPS is a pan-Canadian association, which brings together individuals within the sommelier profession, restaurant services and other sectors of the wine industry.