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. This year we added a new award – the People’s Choice Award, which allowed Vintners Brunch attendees to vote on their favourite pairing.

2018 Judges’ Choice Winner: Executive Chef Poyan Donash (centre) of Ocean Mama Seafood with his team and Bruce Schmidt of Intersection Estate Winery (second from left).

Winning Dish

Executive Chef Poyan Danesh
Ocean Mama Seafood

Organic Black Tiger Shrimp, Textures of Cauliflower, Almond Dust, Bacon Vinaigrette

paired with

Intersection Estate Winery Reserve Viognier-Marsanne Barrel Ferment 2014

2nd Place

Chef Roger Sleiman
Old Vines The Restaurant at Quails’ Gate

Confit of Yarrow Meadows Duck, Foie Gras, Cherry, Mushroom

paired with

Quails’ Gate Winery Pinot Noir 2015

3rd Place

Executive Sous Chef Jesse Hochhausen
Showcase Restaurant & Bar

Smoked Duck and Waffle, Strawberry Gel, Citrus Cream, Chili Maple Crumb

paired with

Hester Creek Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2016

People’s Choice

Executive Chef Shelome Bouvette

Smoked Sablefish Asiago, Spinach and Wild Mushroom Empanadas with Aji Amarillo Lemon Artichoke Sauce, Peruvian Sweety Pepper Coulis

paired with

Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva White 2015

Previous winners:

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