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D.J. & Max Bowen, Jasper Liquor Store

A Mecca for Wine Tourists

Jasper Liquor Store & Wine Cellar not only provides fabulous choices, it offers a hidden treat for true connoisseurs. Jasper National Park, the largest park of its kind in the Canadian Rockies at 11,000 km2,…

Ron Slinger from The Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub

2017 Publican of the Year

Ask Ron Slinger why he's been recognized as ABLE BC's Publican of the Year, and he'll say, "We're consistent. We try to do what's right and we do the best we can." Keep talking to…

Michael MacDougall

Rocky Mountain Wine, Spirits & Beer

Wine is a serious business. Just tasting is a challenge; it involves the proper environment, concentration, a good memory, and a colourful imagination. Rocky Mountain Wine, Spirits & Beer has made it its mission to…

2018 Wine Program Excellence Award Winners

Platinum Winners

L’Abattoir, Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Burdock & Co., Cilantro, CinCin Ristorante + Bar, Hawksworth Restaurant, Vij’s

Celebrating the best food and wine pairings in the business…

Barbara Philip MW

Barbariain Wine Consulting

Barbara Philip MW was awarded the 13th annual Spirited Industry Professional Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia.

Sean Nelson

Vij's Restaurant

Sean Nelson of Vij's restaurant was crowned Best Sommelier of British Columbia 2018. This was a hard-earned win for Nelson, who was also awarded "Best Taster" of the day. Nelson outscored second place winner…

Alain Maisonneuve

Alain Maisonneuve Appointed New CEO of the AGLC

After serving as acting CEO for nine months, Alain Maisonneuve has been appointed to the position for a five-year term. He has more than 30 years of related experience and is highly respected within the…

Sukh Boparai

Olympia Liquor Creekside, Calgary

Most family-run establishments have just a single storefront, but not always: the Olympia Liquor chain proves that a multi-store business can also be family-run.

Adam Koziak

Chateau Louis Liquor Store, Edmonton

They may be outnumbered by the chains, but some of the most memorable liquor stores in Alberta are the family-run, mom and pop shops.

Fred Konopaki

Spirits West, Bragg Creek

Fred Konopaki, owner of Spirits West in Bragg Creek, believes his staff and décor are what make his business stand out from the rest.

Carl Villeneuve-Lepage

Sommelier, Restaurant Toqué!

After an intensive two-day competition alongside Canada’s top sommeliers, Carl Villeneuve-Lepage, sommelier, Restaurant Toqué!, Montreal, Quebec, has been named the Best Sommelier of Canada.

Philipp Karatsyupa

Bar Manager, Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

At the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Dish ‘n Dazzle, Philipp Karatsyupa (left) won the cocktail competition with his unique recipe for Scotsman’s Karma. Competition Judge, David Wolowidnyk (right), announced the winner.