Each year, Vintners Brunch takes guests on a tour of some of the city’s top restaurants and the world’s great wines, all in one room. Each tasting station features one dish paired specifically with one wine.

A quartet of judges, including Hired Belly wine writer Tim Pawsey, The Vancouver Sun Lifestyle & Salut editor Michele Marko, sommelier Josh Clark of Victoria’s Il Terrazzo, and chef Jonathan Chovancek of Café Medina (a past winner) sampled and tasted their way through all the offerings and had the difficult job of choosing  the winner and runners-up in the annual Judges’ Choice Vintners Brunch Wine & Food Pairing Competition.

2016 Winner
Mathew Koyanagi, Executive Sous ChefRailtown Catering


Winning Dish

Mathew Koyanagi
Railtown Catering

Black rice congee with red wine-braised duck, soy-marinated quail’s egg, black currant gastrique, togarashi crackling
paired with
Hahn Family Wines SLH Pinot Noir 2013

2nd Place

Chef Mitsuhiro Yamamura

Ebi-Shinjo – shrimp and fish ball with dashi espuma, julienned fresh vegetables
paired with
Thornhaven Estates Winery Gewürztraminer VQA 2014

3rd Place

Executive Chef Karan Suri
ARC at Fairmont Waterfront

Chorizo Scotch egg with Urban Digs pork, smoked paprika, hen’s egg and hay aioli
paired with
Gil Family Estates Tridente Tempranillo Castilia y Leon 2013

Previous winners:

Nicholas Hipperson, Farm 2 Fork (2015)
Wayne Sych, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (2014)
Alvin Pillay, Killjoy Barbers (2013)
Scott Kidd, LIFT (2012)
Neil Taylor, Cibo Trattoria (2011)
Jonathan Chovancek, Culinary Capers Catering (2010)
Blair Rasmussen, Vancouver Convention Centre (2009)
Tim Muehlbauer, Northwest Culinary Academy (2008)
Thank you to all the restaurants and wineries that participated in the 2016 Vintners Brunch