3RD Annual Sommelier Report
Compiled by Kelly Schweitzer , Anupa Simon and Christopher Waters
After surveying more than 40 Canadian sommeliers for the new instalment of our annual Buyers' Guide report, we have come to learn a few things about the talented tastemakers working from coast to coast. At the risk of making sweeping generalizations, they have unwavering fondness for Champagne, a keen interest in the benchmark regions of France, Spain and Italy and are used to patrons who continually ask: "What is your favourite wine?" But the similarities end soon enough, as regional differences, restaurant philosophies and personal preference shape and influence the style of service and scope of the wine lists at the workplaces of our respondents. As always, our roundup gives an interesting snapshot of how the country's wine scene is developing and allows us to share some insider information about how some of the top professionals shop, serve and enjoy wine.
Jackie Cooke, Calgary; Fred Gamula, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Jesse Harnden, Westbank; Courtney Henderson, Toronto; Erin Henderson, Toronto; Jennifer Huether, Toronto; Élyse Lambert, Montreal ; Mark Moffatt, Toronto; Lorie O'Sullivan, Toronto; Heather Rankin, Halifax; Jake Richards, Waterloo; Mark Taylor, Vancouver; Allison Vidug, Toronto; Astrid Young, Belleville