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Vintage victory for sommelier

Wine competition selects Piazza De Nardi's Dolenuck to represent Manitoba at nationals

Sylvia Jansen of CAPS Manitoba (left) presents Sean Dolenuck with a gift basket after winning the best sommelier competition at Banville & Jones on Jan. 11.

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Sylvia Jansen of CAPS Manitoba (left) presents Sean Dolenuck with a gift basket after winning the best sommelier competition at Banville & Jones on Jan. 11.

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There's a new champ in town when it comes to Manitoba's best sommelier.

Well, to be fair, Manitoba's never had an official best sommelier before, so Sean Dolenuck is both the new champ and the first one.

Dolenuck, who works at La Boutique Del Vino at Piazza De Nardi, took top honours at the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) best sommelier competition at Banville & Jones on Jan. 11. The day-long competition included a written test, a written blind tasting, a service exam (including serving and decanting older bottles of wine to fake restaurant customers, this writer included) and then a standup, verbal blind-tasting exam of two wines and a spirit in front of judges.

Dolenuck will head to Toronto in March to take part in the national competition. The winner will represent Canada in Chile this April at the Pan-American Sommelier Alliance competition, as well as the World Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina next year.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 17/1/2015 (1431 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

There's a new champ in town when it comes to Manitoba's best sommelier.

Well, to be fair, Manitoba's never had an official best sommelier before, so Sean Dolenuck is both the new champ and the first one.

Dolenuck, who works at La Boutique Del Vino at Piazza De Nardi, took top honours at the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) best sommelier competition at Banville & Jones on Jan. 11. The day-long competition included a written test, a written blind tasting, a service exam (including serving and decanting older bottles of wine to fake restaurant customers, this writer included) and then a standup, verbal blind-tasting exam of two wines and a spirit in front of judges.

Dolenuck will head to Toronto in March to take part in the national competition. The winner will represent Canada in Chile this April at the Pan-American Sommelier Alliance competition, as well as the World Best Sommelier Competition in Argentina next year.


With just over one month to go until the third annual Winnipeg Whisky Festival on Friday, Feb. 27, a couple of ancillary events have been added.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, whisky lovers will have two options to learn a bit about scotch from brand ambassadors in town for the big show.

The Grant Park Liquor Mart will host Dan Volway as he takes those in attendance on a trip through some of Scotland's main whisky-producing regions. The Madison Square Liquor Mart Education Centre, meanwhile, will see Glenlivet brand ambassador Keith Trusler lead guests through a tasting of Glenlivet and Chivas whiskies.

Each event runs from 7-9 p.m., and tickets are $40 via www.winnipegwhiskyfestival.com.

There are still tickets available for the main tasting as well, which starts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Fairmont Winnipeg. Tickets are $210 (or $315 for the VIP ticket, which includes a pre-fest hands-on whisky master class with a visiting whisky ambassador at 6 p.m.).

In addition to tasting some bloody fine whisky — which isn't cheap, hence the ticket price — there's plenty of bourbon, cognac, rum and brandy. On top of the sippables, there's a buffet-type menu featuring oysters, cheeses, and a poutine station among other tasty treats.

Proceeds from the Winnipeg Whisky Festival go toward the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.


Beer lovers will want to circle June 4 and 5 on their calendars. Those are the dates for the 2015 Flatlander's Beer Festival, which once again will take place at the MTS Centre. (And yes, those dates are firm even if the Jets are still in the NHL playoffs.)

Details on available beers, ticket prices and any potential ancillary events have yet to be announced.

As per usual, the fest is a fundraising event in support of the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.


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Blue Mountain NV Brut (Okanagan Valley, B.C. — about $32, private wine stores)

This Okanagan Falls-area winery has a reputation for killer bubbly, and this wine is no exception. Mineral, pear, bread dough, fresh floral and bruised apple notes on the nose are complex; on the palate those notes carry though, with a slight honey note that balances the racy effervescence and crisp acidity nicely. It has great finesse — the Blue Mountain could easily be mistaken for non-vintage French Champagne in a blind tasting. Picked up at Banville & Jones. 4.5/5

 

Di Bella 2013 Villa Vulcano Catarrato (Sicily, Italy — $12.15, Liquor Marts and beyond)

This crisp Sicilian white wine, made from the Catarrato grape, brings a slightly muted nose dominated by honey notes but with secondary floral, pear and chalky notes. It's a light-plus bodied, fairly crisp white — low in acidity but with pretty pear and honey flavours that are pleasant enough. 2.5/5

 

Ego Bodegas 2012 Gorú (Jumilla, Spain — $14.23, Liquor Marts and beyond)

A Monastrell/Syrah/Petit Verdot blend, the Gorú offers plenty of blackberry, black cherry, leather, blueberry jam and white-pepper aromas. Medium-plus bodied and dry, with plenty of ripe blueberry, blackberry and peppery black-tea notes on the dry, somewhat tannic finish. Try with grilled ribeye. 3.5/5

 

Half Pints Brewing Co. Doc Emmett Brown Ale (Winnipeg — $10.62/1.89L bottle, growler-filling stations)

Named after Christopher Lloyd's character in the Back to the Future franchise, this brown ale is dark caramel in colour with a rich beige head. Toffee, roasted-malt and lighter raisin and caramel notes show well on the nose. While it's got that rounder, slightly richer mouth feel of a British brown ale, the hops keep things sharper and provide some added bitterness. Purchased at the Assiniboine Hotel growler-filling station, and also available at the Kenaston Crossing and Northdale Liquor Marts while supplies last. 4/5

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Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson edits the Free Press books section, and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.

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