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The Vancouver International Festival, Canada's premier wine show, wrapped up it's 35th year on Sunday.
With 175 wineries from 15 countries pouring, and 1,850 wines at 54 events, guests were entertained by tastings, seminars, brunches, lunches and dinners. This year the festival shone light on California, with a global varietal focus on Chardonnay.
To honour professionals who contribute to our region’s exceptional wine and food culture, there is an annual award lunch where winners of each category are announced. Guests attending Celebrate Excellence: The 10th Annual Awards Lunch enjoyed a meal prepared by Vancouver Convention Centre's Executive Chef Blair Rasmussen, and toasted the winners with Californian wines.
And the 2013 trade competition winners are....
SPIRITED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL (SIP) AWARD
The Spirited Industry Professional Award honours an individual who makes significant contributions to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia.