Toptable Group Announces Trio of Notable Wine Dinners


Toptable Group Announces Trio of Notable Wine Dinners
– Standout Wineries Visit Vancouver and Whistler this Spring –

Vancouver, B.C. (May 8, 2014) – This Spring, Toptable Group and its team of award-winning chefs and renowned wine and restaurant directors, is pleased to present a trio of exclusive wine dinners at Blue Water Cafe, CinCin Ristorante, and Araxi Restaurant on May 20, 22, and June 6 respectively.

“Drouhin: Burgundy Versus Oregon” at Blue Water Cafe
When: Tuesday, May 20th at 6:00 pm
Where: Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: $175 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity
Reservations: 604 688 8078 or

Old World meets New in this fascinating comparison of Drouhin wines from both their Burgundy, France and Willamette Valley, Oregon estates. And while more than 6,000 kilometres separate the terroirs, some similarities – gained over four generations of fine winemaking – will resonate in this evening of ‘Burgundy versus Oregon’ side-by-side tastings.

Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst, along with Wine Director Andrea Vescovi, has designed a special seasonal multi-course dinner to complement these wines. Wine experts David Millman from Oregon and Jean Francois Curie from Burgundy will provide commentary on their histories, winemaking philosophies, and techniques.

“Gambero Rosso ‘Tre Bicchieri’” at CinCin Ristorante
When: Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm

Where: CinCin Ristorante, 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver

Price: $145 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity
Reservations: 604 688 7338 or

CinCin’s Executive Chef, Andrew Richardson, working in concert with Wine Director Shane Taylor, has designed a special seasonal six-course dinner menu to fully engage the Gambero Rosso ‘Tre Bicchieri’ wines.

The collaboration is a Vancouver-first for Tre Bicchieri, and will see principals from three of their award-winning wineries present at this inaugural affair. Dr. Luca Sanjust, Owner of Petrolo; Dr. Stefano Moccia, Export Manager of Mastrobardino; and Ivano D’Alicandro, Export Manager of Cantina Tollo, will share their personal insights into their remarkable wine-making culture, techniques, and trends.

“St. Urbans-Hof” at Araxi Restaurant
When: Friday, June 6th at 6:00 pm
Where: Araxi Restaurant, Whistler
Price: $109 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Reservations: 604 932 4540 or

2013 Sommelier of the Year, Araxi Wine Director Samantha Rahn, in collaboration with award-winning Executive Chef James Walt, are curating an intimate wine dinner featuring Nik Weis, proprietor of Germany’s legendary St. Urbans-Hof Winery. Chef Walt will prepare special reception canapés followed by a five course tasting menu matched to the wines and redolent of late spring’s finest local ingredients – from the coastal fishery to Pemberton Valley farms and ranches.

Located in western Germany’s historic Mosel Valley and one of Germany’s foremost wineries, St. Urbans-Hof is notable for its superb and diverse portfolio of rieslings. With grapes grown on the family’s 33 acre estate on the 50th parallel (the same as Whistler), St. Urban-Hof’s premium wines consistently rate in the mid to high 90’s as scored in Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.

High-resolution images can be accessed in the Media Room at and further information can be found under Events on the Toptable Group website

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One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the chocolaterie, patisserie and café, Thierry. More information can be found online at

Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
604 836 8005

April Penney
Communications Coordinator
Toptable Group
604 786 0540