We are thrilled to share that following the first submission of the Botanist wine list to the Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Wine Excellence Awards, Botanist took home Gold! The Botanist wine program is led by Wine Director, Jill Spoor who received Sommelier of the Year in 2018 by Vancouver Magazine.
These awards celebrate the best food and wine pairings in the business, and restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta are recognized for creating wine lists that complement their establishment’s unique menu and concept. Candidates submitted their wine and menu lists, and were then visited by judges who reviewed their programs. The key judges were industry experts including Tom Doughty, DJ Kearney, Martha McAvity, Iain Philip, and Jason Yamasaki. The top restaurants were awarded Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, or commended with an Honourable Mention.