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, food, drink and travel writer Joanne Sasvari, sommelier Josh Clark of Victoria’s Il Terrazzo, and Julian Bond, executive chef and vice president of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts,  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.

2017 Winner
Gaspar Jovino Brites & Giorgia Zanone, D’oro Gelato & Caffè

Winning Dish

Gaspar Jovino Brites & Giorgia Zanone
D’oro Gelato & Caffè

BC Carrot and Citrus Sorbetto served “A la Piemontesina”
paired with
Mondo del Vino
Acquesi Asti Spumante DOCG NV, Piedmont, Italy

2nd Place

Sous Chef Ljubek Dehlic
Railtown Catering

Pork Belly and Scallop, Apple Parsnip Purée, Grilled Radicchio, Pickled Shiitake, Pepper Jus
paired with
Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand

3rd Place

Executive Chef Mark Massicotte
Vancouver Convention Centre

Cassoulet of Duck Confit, Merguez Sausage and Slow Braised Pork Hock with Lingot Beans and Black Garlic Glace de Viandem, Chicharrons
paired with
M. Chapoutier
Bila-Haut L’Esquerda 2015, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France

Previous winners:

Mathew Koyanagai, Railtown Catering (2016)
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