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. As well Vintners Brunch attendees voted on their favourite pairing in the People’s Choice Award.

2019 Judges’ Choice Winner:

Winning Dish

Executive Chef David Mueller
Bauhaus Restaurant

Pork Hock
BBQ, Black Garlic, Celery

paired with

Louis M Martini Winery
Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2014

2nd Place

Executive Chef Poyan Danesh
Ocean Mama Seafood

Organic Black Tiger Shrimp
Dashi and Bacon Risotto, Bacon Foam

paired with

Verum Bodegas y Viñedos
Malvasía 2016

3rd Place

Giorgia Zanone & Igor Cozzi
D’oro Gelato & Caffè

Bianco e Rosa

paired with

Familia Zuccardi
Julia Natural Sparkling Sweet NV

People’s Choice

Executive Chef Poyan Danesh
Ocean Mama Seafood

Organic Black Tiger Shrimp
Dashi and Bacon Risotto, Bacon Foam

paired with

Verum Bodegas y Viñedos
Malvasía 2016

Previous winners:

Poyan Danesh, Ocean Mama Seafood (2018)
Gaspar Jovino Brites & Giorgia Zanone, D’oro Gelato & Caffè (2017)
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 2018 Vintners Brunch