Wine Program Excellence Awards
2018 Winners
Sommelier of the Year
Sean Nelson, sommelier, Vij's
Spirited Industry Professional
Barbara Philip MW
Celebrating Excellence
Four coveted industry awards presented annually

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE

Vintners Brunch 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VINTNERS BRUNCH WINNING CHEFS Thank you to all the wineries, restaurants, caterers and suppliers that make the signature Vintners Brunch a perennial success. Our participating chefs each created a dish to pair with a specific festival wine, and brunch-goers enthusiastically toured the food and wine stat

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Wine Program Excellence Awards 2018

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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Spirited Industry Professional 2018

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 13th annual award goes to Barbara Philip MW. Barbara was the first Western Canadian to achieve the Master of Wine designation and is the only

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Sommelier of the Year 2018

Sean Nelson, sommelier, Vij's 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. Sean Nelson was selected through a hands-on competition organized by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of

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THE WINE WORLD IS HERE TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU!

If you’re in the business of wine or fine food, the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the place to broaden your knowledge and keep ahead of the world wine curve. We are Canada’s premier wine show and one of the biggest and best in North America.