CAPS Ontario (The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) held its Summer Pinot Party in Toronto as a unique fundraiser.
The party was held at the Lifford Wine & Spirits in a beautiful, historic building with lovely grounds at the front on Jarvis Street.


The day was divided into two parts. The first part consisted of a master class for Pinot run by Jamie Goode, the noted British Wine Journalist.

Select bottles of Pinot Noir from around the world and Ontario were sampled at this demonstration class event.

Tickets could be purchased for both the Master Class and the tasting Pinot Party or separately for just the Pinot Summer party.

Later in the day, the Summer Pinot Party began, with attendees consisting of sommeliers, wine trade professionals, and wine lovers.

This was when CAPS-members and non-members who’d purchased tickets could do the walk around tasting – sampling Pinot Noir wines from 12 Pinot Purveyors from all over the world. Participants sampled different types of Pinot Noir such as Champagne from Champagne Drappier in France, and Ata Rangi from New Zealand. Pinot Noir was available from Canada as well, namely the Okanagan Valley wineries such as Tantalus and Blue Mountain and from Ontario wineries Bachelder Wines, Domaine Queylus and Henry of Pelham.

In addition to sampling the wines, participants had the chance to meet and learn about Ontario’s wine agents.

Delicious meats were sliced and served by Angelo Bean, sausage master. Veronica Mal, Chef and Culinary Producer of Scout Canning, served smoked trout and tuna.

Fiddleheads and pickles decorated the plates beautifully and were very tasty too.Scout Canning’s Canned Mussels in compote or tomato sauce were served on crackers. Attendees enjoyed refreshing sparkling water from Eska, which was perfect on this hot day and to cleanse the palette.

It was such a beautiful and pleasant setting. The Pinot wines were openly displayed. The Pinot Noir personnel were very knowledgeable.
Participants were able to purchase draw tickets to win many types of Pinot Noir and help support the work of CAPS Ontario. CAPS offers activities and programs for the sommelier community. Such funding assists competitions, professional development, and industry events. For the past 30 years, The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) has been promoting wine culture and services in Ontario.
by Sally Warburton

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