Announcing the

  Winners from the 2011 Challenge!

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PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE

Grand Award Winner:  Peter Boyd

2nd place:  Jonathan Salem-Wiseman

3rd place:   Eugene Mlynczyk

  

CCOVI-VQA CHALLENGE

1st place:   Peter Bodnar Rod

 

SPIRITS CHALLENGE

1st place:   Mark Coster

  

AMATEUR CHALLENGE

1st place:     Anthea deSouza

2nd place:   Jordan Mills

3rd place:    Monika Janek

  

Prize List for 2011

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Prizes are posted as they are confirmed...

Profile Wine Group

TRIP - Napa Valley for the winner.  Flight and accommodations included for four (4) nights, five (5) days. Winery visits will include any of the following:  Stag's Leap Wine Cellars; Miner Family Vineyards; Signorello Estates; Merryvale Vineyards; Oakville Ranch.

Spirit of HospitalityThe Wine Tasting Grand Champion will receive a trip to China - Shanghai - Beijing - Fuzhou - Grace Vineyard in Shanxi Province.  All paid for up to 2 weeks!  Included in this trip of a lifetime is airfare, accommodation and meals for one (1) person. 
Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

The winner will receive a case of Peninsula Ridge Estates wines as well as an intimate barrel tasting at its estate!  Enjoy four bottles of the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from the Lepp Vineyard, four bottles of the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from the Wismer Vineyard and four bottles of the 2009 Pinot Noir Proprietors Reserve - our best Pinot Noir ever!  In addition the winner plus 3 lucky guests will enjoy a barrel tasting at the picturesque Peninsula Ridge Estate in Beamsville - prior booking will be necessary.

Cave Spring Cellars Ltd.

A lovely gift of two signature wines by Cave Spring Cellars, enjoy a 2007 CSV Chardonnay as well as a 2008 CSV Riesling.  In addition the winner will receive one nights accommodation at the Jordan House (contemporary room) plus an enhanced continental breakfast at On The Twenty Restaurant.  Also included will be an in-depth vineyard and winery tour conducted by one of Cave Springs' principals. Prize is subject to availability - prior booking is necessary.

Pillitteri Estates WineryTo recognize your efforts Pillitteri Estates is giving the winner a 5 Litre Limited Edition Cabernet Merlot bottle of wine!  Additionally, the winner and 19 of your friends goes a private Tutored Wine and Cheese Tasting. Become "one of the family" as Pillitterri Estates takes you and your friends on a tour of its Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard and winemaking facilities. This includes a visit to their one-of-a-kind beautiful barrel cellar. You will enjoy specific food and wine pairings while learning the fine art of wine appreciation.  Pillitteri will feature five of their premium VQA wines including their award winning Icewine, along with gourmet appetisers.  Prior booking is necessary.
Vineland Research and Innovation CentreLearn about the science of wine. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is offering two bursaries of $500 for winners to select an educational opportunity that builds their knowledge about the making and tasting of wine.
The Vine - Robert Groh AgencyA Benchmark selection of six bottles drawn from The Vine's portfolio of artisanal Italian and American wines.
International Sommelier GuildThree bursaries to start or further your wine education are being sponsored by the International Sommelier Guild.  Three lucky winners will enjoy free tuition to enroll in either Wine Fundamentals Level One; Wine Fundamentals Level Two; or the Sommelier Diploma - a prize to last a lifetime.  ISG will work with each winner in terms of admissions and availability.
Tawse WineryTawse will once again sponsor the Challenge with a CASH award of $10,000.  The sponsorship will be divided up between our Challenge winners!
Henry of Pelham Family Estate WineryWin a gift box of our full range of hand-crafted Speck Family Reserve wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Merlot), produced with grapes sourced exclusively from the very best vintages of our estate on the Short Hills Bench.  In addition, the winner and a guest will enjoy an exclusive tour of the winery with one of the Speck brothers followed by an in-depth tasting of a selection of Henry of Pelham wines in our barrel cellar.  Prior booking is necessary to ensure availability of the winery principals.
Southbrook VineyardsExperience Southbrook Vineyards in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. The winner along with up to five friends will start off with a tasting in Southbrook's LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Gold-certified hospitality building. You'll then be taken on a tour to see, learn and understand Southbrook's harmonious relationship with its biodynamic, organic vineyard and winery. The winner and your group will then enjoy a light lunch with wine in The Oak Room @ Southbrook. A unique opportunity you'll not soon forget. Prior booking will be necessary.
Vineland Estates WineryVineland Estates Winery is happy to support the front line hospitality service staff by providing a unique Chef's Creative Menu dinner at the award-winning Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant. The winner of this prize and three guests will enjoy a special multi course meal expertly paired with Vineland Estates wines. You will also receive a VIP tour and barrel tasting with one of the principals of the property and a special congratulatory gift of reserve wines. We will make this a night to celebrate your achievement at the Challenge.
SpiegelauSpiegelau will give each of our winners in the competition a complete set of premium performance Stemware.  Stemware will vary according to their placing and to to the area in which they win. Spiegelau also provides all stemware for the competition.
James ChattoRestaurant Critic for a Night!    Two people are invited to join James Chatto, leading restaurant critic and author, on a review of one of Toronto's most interesting restaurants.  Share the insights, critical techniques and tall tales of a professional restaurant-goer.  Date to be decided by mutual agreement.  Also included will be a copy of James Chatto's latest book - priceless!
Companions of the QuaichThree course dinner for two including a whisky tasting.  This prize will be as a special guest at one of their dibers at the Albany Club.  Also included with this prize is a bottle of Malt Whisky!
Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate WineryAn unforgettable experience awaits you next summer at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate winery for Twilight in the Vineyard 2012!  You and a guest will enjoy a performance of your choice and a Cellar Dinner.  (The winner will need to contact J-T to finalize details of this incredible package for two.)
Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate WineryThree large format (3L) wooden cased Jackson-Triggs 2004 Grand Reserve Meritage bottles signed by winemaker Marco Piccoli for our top three winners in the Amateur round. (prize subject to change)
Inniskillin WinesThree large format (750 ml) gift cased Inniskillin 2004 'Legacy' Cabernet Franc Icewine bottles signed by Winemaker/Inniskillin Co-Founder Karl Kaiser for our top three winners in the Professional round. (prize subject to change)
Antinori and Halpern EnterprisesTRIP - Antinori and Halpern Enterprises have generously donated 5 days in Tuscany touring the famous Antinori vineyards, tasting legendary wines, enjoying specially prepared fine food and all the while staying in the private residences of the Antinori family.
Family Wine MerchantsTRIP - Family Wine Merchants and Gerard Bertrand Wines will provide an unforgettable weekend for two (three nights) stay at the Chateau l'Hospitalet in France.  Your weekend will include a gourmet dinner during your stay and a VIP tour of one or more wineries from their portfolio.
Huff EstatesTwo nights stay for the winner of this prize in a premiere suite at "The Inn at Huff Estates".  The winner and guest will also experience a tour of Prince Edward County and enjoy food at some of it's locat restaurants.
Norm Hardie Winery and VineyardVIP tour, tasting and luncheon for the winner of this prize plus NINE guests at the Norman Hardie Winery!  Yes, ten people will enjoy this exclusive opportunity to taste, tour and eat at the Norm Hardie's Winery and Vineyard in Prince Edward County.
Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.TRIP to Italy courtesy of Noble Estates Wines & Spirits.  The winner will receive a trip to Tuscany for one person including return airfare between Toronto and Rome, transportation to and from Rome at the Riserva di Fizzano.  Enjoy your five day stay (including meals) at the Relais Riserva di Fissano.  Also included in this trip of a lifetime is a VIP tour and tasting including lunch/dinner at the winery with the Zingarelli family during your stay.  Restrictions and availability apply, see details.
Knox & Company International Inc.Knox International is giving one of our lucky winners a gift basket that will include:  El Mayor Anejo Tequila, Ezra Brooks Bourbon, Rebel Yell Bourbon, Pearl Cucumber Vodka, Pearl Plum Vodka, Pearl Citrus Vodka, Pearl Black Vodka.  Enjoy!
Colaneri Estate WineryYours to enjoy - a four bottle wood box from Colaneri including our 2009 Chardonnay, 2010 Pinot Grigio, 2008 Syrah and 2009 Cabernet "Ripasso".
Fairmont Royal YorkA "Royal" Stay:  Fairmont Royal York - Dinner for two at Epic Restaurant followed by one night stay in a VIP suite with breakfast in bed to follow.
John Szabo MS, WINE ALIGNThe winner is invited to spend a day in the life of Master Sommelier John Szabo, Canada's first Master Sommelier! He also holds the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Diploma, as well as the Canadian Sommelier Guild Diploma. John has been working in the hospitality business for over 15 years, filling many positions including cook, sommelier, wine importer, restaurant & winery consultant, educator, wine writer and winemaker.  Today, he reviews, writes, blogs, consults, judges, teaches, speaks and airs his views on the radio. All, that is, when he's not traveling the wine regions of the world in search of the best, or making his own wine from his small vineyard in Eger, Hungary. Prior booking will be necessary.
B & W WinesTRIP to California. Visit the vineyards of California arranged through B&W Wines. Trip includes a two-day Sonoma Winery Tour donated by Jackson Family Wines which includes: Matanzas Creek, LaCrema, Edmeades, Kendall-Jackson, Stonestreet, Hartford, Arrowood, Murphy-Goode and Verite.  Lunch at the top of Hawkeye Mountain is included (weather permitting).
Colio WinesTRIP to Italy. Trip includes air and accommodations to Italy.
HEPO and the New Wines of GreeceTRIP to Greece.  New sponsors to the Challenge HEPO is sponsoring a trip to Greece. Your journey will include the vineyards of the Greek mainland, Crete and Santorini. This is a wonderful trip of a lifetime to its lucky winner.
ONE RestaurantGift Certificate for dinner for two at Toronto's ONE Restaurant.
Nikolashvili WinesThe winner will enjoy 6 bottles of 2007 "Chelti" red wines produced from Saperavi grapes located near Shilda and the village of Kvareli Region in Georgia. In addition enjoy another 6 bottles of 2008 Saperavi, the first Georgian organic red wine from the Nikolashvili's family vineyard.
Fettah Wine ServicesTRIP to California.  Trip includes air and accommodations.
Michael Vaughan - Vintage AssessmentsJoin Michael on his hectic schedule into the LCBO tasting lab. See how he sources the best offerings from the LCBO while discovering the upcoming bargains.
Canoe RestaurantIntimiate dinner for two at Canoe Restaurant, Toronto.  Your evening will include cocktails and a very special chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. Your wines will be selected by Senior Sommelier Will Predhomme.  Canoe will be sure to make this a very special evening to celebrate your achievement at the 2011 Challenge.
Knox InternationalKnox International is giving one of our lucky winners a gift basket that will include:  El Mayor Anejo Tequila, Ezra Brooks Bourbon, Rebel Yell Bourbon, Pearl Cucumber Vodka, Pearl Plum Vodka, Pearl Citrus Vodka and Pearl Black Vodka.  Enjoy!
Tre Amici WinesGolf Package for four at the beautiful Rockway Glen.  This package also include lunch and wine.
LCBOThe LCBO has generously donated to all the winners in the Professional Round - Tickets for two to attend a Vintages Event held in Toronto.  Also, to all the winners in the Amateur Round - Tickets for two to an upcoming Tutored Tasting at one of the LCBO event kitchens.
Whisky Magazine LondonWhisky Magazine will provide to all of our winners two tickets to attend Whisky Live Toronto as well as subscriptions to their magazine produced in London, England.