Winners of 2022 CAPS Cup Tasting Challenge Revealed

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Courtesy of LEG

TORONTO — The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) has revealed the results of its 2022 CAPS Cup tasting challenge, which was held on April 27 at SIPS in Toronto.

Marie-Claire Perotto, head sommelier of BlueBlood Steakhouse placed first in the competition. Justin Madol, advanced sommelier, Don Alfonso 1890 took second place and Sandra Enns-Arnell, sommelier and wine consultant came in third. Jakub Lipinski, proprietor and head of Operations at Big Head Wines and Antonello Rota, beverage manager at Eataly, tied for fourth place. Participants also included students representing the wine education spectrum of Court of Master Sommeliers, CAPS and WSET certified professionals.

“We wanted to give Ontario wine professionals the opportunity to hone their skills as we roll into exam season by offering an opportunity to taste a full flight of wines in a high-pressure situation,” said James Peden, director of Operations at Liberty Entertainment Group, and new 2022-2023 president of CAPS Ontario. “The funds raised from entry fees will allow us to sponsor wine professionals who need financial assistance yet still want to train for, and compete in, upcoming special events including our renowned Best Ontario Sommelier Competition (BOSC) this fall, among others.”

“The new Board of Directors for CAPS Ontario is full of wine professionals who are deeply immersed in the industry,” said Stephanie Guth, portfolio manager at The Living Vine Inc. and 2022-2023 board vice-president. “By utilizing our relationships with wineries, wine agencies and liquor distributors we were able to secure donations in addition to a vast selection of prizes. Heather McDougall of SIPS and 2022-2023 board member donated her venue for the event, and the team volunteered their time to make the magic happen. We’re grateful to everyone who participated, and look forward to our next event.”

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