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Welcome to the website of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers - CAPS - Atlantic. (updated Jan 8, 2012)


CAPS Atlantic Chapter Annual General Meeting

Here is the tentative schedule:

April 21st/2012
1:00PM - 2:30PM : AGM Meeting, The Grill at Cut, 5120 Salter Street, Halifax;
3:00PM - 4:30PM : Tasting, The Grill at Cut, 5120 Salter Street, Halifax
THEME : Exploring Terroir Through the Eyes of Chardonnay; a Master Class Led by Thomas Bachelder; COST : $39.95 + tax
6:30PM Gala Dinner Reception/7:00PM Dinner at Onyx Dining Room, 5680 Spring Garden Road, Halifax,
THEME : Exploring Burgundy's Great Grapes with Thomas Bachelder.
COST : $115./CAPS-AC Members + Tax + Gratuity
$130./Non-Members + Tax + Gratuity
**** Official Notification will be sent out soon. Plan the weekend accordingly!

Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium

This should be of interest to you all. It is a pretty important event. There are some very impressive speakers at this symposium. It's not just about Atlantic wine. There will be key speakers from Ontario, BC, and the Finger Lakes.

Always lots of interesting wine to taste...

...has everything you need to know about the symposium

Those of you who are interested in being involved can approach the main organizers; Janice Ruddock:, or Conference Manager Sandie Currie:

Upcoming Courses

The information for the next Sensory Development and Wine Styles Module (the new name for the first professional track course) is up under Education and Courses.

The winter 2012 course filled up right away, so another was offered right away, and a wait list is on for the next one.

Note that space for this class is limited to 16 people. So, the first 16 to complete the attached form and forward to Carman either by: fax, email or mail (refer to page 2) will receive confirmation of enrollment. Any additional will be placed on a waiting list and notified should space open up.
 Here are a few details.
Course Title: Sensory Development & Wine Styles
Course Fee: $775.00 + HST (15%) = $891.25
Course Location: Dalhousie University Club (Alumni Crescent off of South Street, Halifax, NS)
Start Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012     
Couse Time: 5:30pm - 8:30 pm
Duration: 10 weeks                           
Instructors: Simon Rafuse, Mark DeWolf & Carman Mills
If you require any additional information or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Carman Mills at

Atlantic Canada Wine Awards

Last fall, we held the third annual Atlantic Canada Wine Awards. 91 entries were received and judged by a panel with many of the senior wine people in Nova Scotia, as well as a New Brunswick and a PEI Sommelier. The results were announced during the fall wine festival, at the Wolfville Market.

The wines garnered praise from the judges in all categories, and demonstrated the strengths of some new grapes, as well as the wineries' experience in blending.

The main category winners were:

Winery of the Year: Gaspereau Vineyards
Red Wine of the Year: Jōst Vineyards, Baco Noir 2008
White Wine of the Year: Domaine de Grand Pré, Tidal Bay 2010
Dessert Wine of the Year: Magnetic Hill Winery, Chocolate River Spiced Fruit N/V
Fruit Wine of the Year: Belliveau Orchard, Pear Wine N/V
Sparkling Wine of the Year: L’Acadie Vineyards, Vintage Cuveé Rosé 2009
Spirit of the Year: Jōst Vineyards, Muscat Eau de Vie 2010

Our press release content is here.

A complete list of this year's medal winners can be found

Ongoing Results of our Restaurant Corkage Policy Survey can be found here.

The newest winery in Nova Scotia has recently opened for business - Avondale Sky Vineyards, outside Windsor with its now famous church as wine store and tasting area. They have released their wines in a beautiful package, and participated in the new Tidal Bay Appeleation, making a version that has proven to be very popular. Watch for their wines.

CAPS/CCOVI agree on Sommelier Standard

CAPS is pleased to announce that the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) at Brock University has agreed to provide its support and endorsement of the CAPS Sommelier certificate program. The endorsement was confirmed recently by Isabelle Leschaeve, PhD, Director of CCOVI. She notes that "Sommellerie is an important component in the grape and wine value chain; they are the primary resource people for consumers that seek advice on 'the best wines to select'. Maintaining a high standard in sommelier education will ensure the training of highly qualified personnel needed by both the hospitality and Canadian grape & wine industries. Supporting such an endeavour fits within the CCOVI mandate to contribute to the advancement of the Canadian grape and wine industry through education, research and industry excellence."

They are also providing support by hosting, at CCOVI, a number of the modules delivered to those students currently enrolled in the program through Niagara College.

Two CAPS-Atlantic grads Gina Haverstock, and Alison Moyes have gone on to study Oenology at CCOVI and are actively working in the industry.

Here's a fun cheese/beverage pairing site: Wisconsin Cheese Cupid

CAPS Atlantic Monthly Tastings

The next Halifax based tasting is on April 17. This will probably be Meritage themed.

The current CAPS-Atlantic Board can be found here (password required).

The latest CAPS Atlantic news items can be found here.

Are you a member now? How to Pay Your Annual Dues

Check out the expanded Links section on the site - we are trying to link to every restaurant and business where our members work - this will provide you with an easy way to get to places with good wine lists. So if you are not there, please let us know!

The News/Calendar Page will help you plan your beverage tasting.

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