Vintners Brunch


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 stations and picked their own favourites. A quartet of wine and food professionals – wine scribe Tim Pawsey of; chef Julian Bond of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts; food, travel and wine writer, Joanne Sasvari; and sommelier Josh Clark of Victoria’s Il Terrazzo Ristorante – were tasked with tasting offerings from all 15 restaurants and wineries to pick the winning pairing.


1st Place

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

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

Gaspar and Giorgia received $3,000 USD in Delta Air Lines vouchers as the winning chefs.

2nd Place

Railtown Catering
Sous Chef Ljubek Dehlic

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

3rd Place

Vancouver Convention Centre
Executive Chef Mark Massicotte

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

Honorable mention:

The Blackbird Public House

Participating restaurants:

ARC at Fairmont Waterfront
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
Lift Bar Grill View
Notch8 at the Hotel Vancouver
Ocean Mama Seafood
The Patio at Lake Breeze
Showcase Restaurant and Bar
The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
WildTale Coastal Grill

Special thanks:

Arla Foods
Caffè Umbria

Wineries and wines:

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut Rosé NV, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Viña Errázuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Aconcagua Costa, Chile
Culmina Family Estate Winery Decora (Riesling) 2015, Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Yalumba Viognier 2015, Eden Valley, Australia
Lake Breeze Vineyards Seven Poplars Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2015, Arroyo Seco, California
Suvla Wines Kabatepe Rosé 2014, Gallipoli, Turkey
Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand
Hahn Family Wines SLH Pinot Noir 2015, Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Les Vins Bonhomme Losada Vinos de Finca – Losada 2012, Bierzo, Spain
M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut L’Esquerda 2015, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, France
Osoyoos Larose Pétales d’Osoyoos 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser Vineyards Malbec 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Mondo del Vino Acquesi Asti Spumante DOCG NV, Piedmont, Italy
Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port NV, Douro Valley, Portugal

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