In celebration of the 30th anniversary of BC VQA, CAPS BC and the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) have teamed up to recruit and challenge the best and brightest Sommeliers in British Columbia and Alberta to compete in the Chef Meets BC Grape Somm Smackdown Competition.

Sommeliers are invited to test their knowledge of BC’s wine industry in a written and blind tasting challenge taking place in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary. The top three Sommeliers from each city will move on to compete for ‘Best BC Wine Pairing’ in a three course multi-chef collaborative Chef Meets BC Grape Somm Smackdown Virtual Dinner!

The winning Sommelier from each Smackdown Virtual Dinner will culminate in the heart of BC Wine Country to compete in the grand finale Chef Meets BC Grape Somm Smackdown event, October 19 - 21, 2020. The Sommelier with the top score will receive the title of Top BC Wine Sommelier 2020 securing a spot in the 4th annual
Wine BC BootCamp  for an all inclusive 4-day, 3-night educational trip in BC wine country.

Esteemed Chef Meets BC Grape Somm Smackdown Dinner Judges will include: Globe and Mail, Christopher Waters, VIP Sommeliers with GuildSomm
 Follow Me Foodie and Top Chef Canada Resident Judge, Mijune Pak, and CAPS BC President Leslie Brown, Sharon Mclean and Maude Renaud Brisson. Additional VIP judges will be announced in the following weeks.