CAPS crowns best Ontario sommelier
TORONTO — The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS Ontario) has named Emily Pearce-Bibona the winner of the Best Ontario Sommelier Competition 2017.
Pearce-Bibona is the sommelier at Barberian’s Steak House in Toronto. She earned the title after a day-long competition on March 5 at the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts at George Brown College.
The runners up were José Luis Fernandez, sommelier at Quatrefoil restaurant in Dundas, Ont., and Nathan Morrell, sommelier at Bar Isabel, Toronto.
Pearce-Bibona also won the Lifford Wine and Spirits Award for Best Taster, presented by honorary event judge and sponsor, Steven Campbell of Lifford Wine and Spirits.
The Best Ontario Sommelier Competition is presented by CAPS Ontario every two years, recognizing excellence among Ontario’s wine professionals. As winner, Pearce-Bibona will represent the province at the Canadian National Sommelier Competition in Vancouver, Sept. 3 - 5.