Top Table’s Wine Lists Awarded


Top Table’s Wine Lists Awarded

Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West Shine
at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Vancouver, B.C. (March 2, 2012) – Top Table Group’s restaurant wine lists were once again saluted at the 9th Annual Wine List Awards Luncheon convened earlier this afternoon during the 34th annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.

In attendance at the Luncheon were Top Table wine directors Samantha Rahn(Araxi), as well as Andrea Vescovi (Blue Water Cafe) and Owen Knowlton (West), each of whom has previously been awarded ‘Sommelier of the Year’, in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Blue Water Cafe and West were two of only six restaurants awarded with the highest Platinum Wine List Award, while Araxi and CinCin were among a distinguished group to win the Gold designation.

A panel of judges reviewed wine list submissions from leading restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta, evaluating value, presentation and format, balanced varietal and style selections, and vintage depth. Each restaurant’s in-house wine program—comprising staff knowledge, storage, presentation and glassware—was also adjudicated.

Samantha said, “Owen, Andrea and I work as a team to ensure that our wine lists are always approachable and in harmony with our food menus. The sum of what we learn from each other, our suppliers and our travels is what we are passionate about passing on to our guests.”

Indeed, Top Table wine directors successfully collaborated on the introduction of their inaugural wine label, Director’s Blend, a duo of personally blended wines produced by Laughing Stock Vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Top Table’s wine cellars are also perennial recipients of the ‘Best Of’ Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.

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Shelley McArthur
Communications Director
Top Table Group
604-836-8005 |

Alexandra Shaw
Communications Associate
Top Table Group
604-786-0540 |

One of the most highly respected hospitality groups in Canada, Top Table encompasses four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the chocolaterie, pâtisserie and café, Thierry. Characterized by warm décor, stellar cooking and welcoming service, each venue has received significant critical acclaim, both locally and internationally. For more information, visit