Wine Program Excellence Awards
Celebrating wine & food
Keynote Speaker Evan Goldstein MS
featured at the Keynote Speaker Lunch and Southern Exposure
Spirited Industry Professional
John Bishop
Sommelier of the Year
Kelcie Jones, Co-Owner, This is Wine School
Terry Threlfall Scholarship
Congratulations, Chris Turyk


2023 Terry Threlfall Scholarship

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is pleased to partner with the BC Hospitality Foundation, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and the Threlfall family on a scholarship in the name of our beloved friend and colleague, Terry Threlfall, who passed away suddenly in October 2020. The scholarship is awarded t

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2023 Sommelier of the Year

Kelcie Jones, This is Wine School The Sommelier of the Year Award recognizes working sommeliers who consistently demonstrate an outstanding passion for marrying wine with food and a dedication to exceptional service. This year’s winner, Kelcie Jones, co-owner, This is Wine School, was selected through a hands-on competition

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2023 Spirited Industry Professional

The annual Spirited Industry Professional Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia. The 16th annual award goes to John Bishop. Welsh-born John Bishop began his career at the age of 15, filling creamer jugs and delivering breakfas

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Wine Program Excellence Awards 2023

Celebrating the best food and wine pairings in the business, restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta have been recognized for creating wine lists that complement their establishment’s unique menu and concept. Candidates submitted their wine and menu lists, and were then visited by judges who reviewed their programs

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