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  • Mon, June 01, 2020 1:48 PM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    Dears Members and Students of CAPS-Atlantic

    We sincerely hope that you and your family are well and that you've adjusted as best you can to our current circumstances. As businesses around Nova Scotia prepare to reopen, we wanted to provide our members with an update on the status of CAPS-AC activities.


    With the exception of the New World course currently being delivered over Zoom, there will be no new courses offered until September. The Certified Sommelier program is normally on hiatus over the summer months anyway. Stay tuned for further announcements on fall course offerings in August.

    Tasting Events

    While restaurants and other venues have permission to resume operations in a modified way as early as this Friday June 5, we anticipate continued challenges in safely gathering people from various households. We have therefore decided to suspend our monthly tasting events through the summer. We hope to resume our monthly tastings in September and will provide you with an update on those plans near the end of the summer.

    While opportunities for our community of wine lovers to connect in person continue to be limited, we will continue to share opportunities for you to learn and connect online. See below for two such opportunities, this week.

    Stay safe and we look forward to sharing a glass with you again soon!

    CAPS - Atlantic Chapter

  • Fri, February 08, 2019 1:01 PM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers - Atlantic Chapter has overseen the creation of a Master Class curriculum featuring the wines and regional food pairings of Nova Scotia. In partnership with regional CAPS chapters across Canada, our objective is to deliver this Master Class throughout the Canadian market in seminars across the country. The target demographic for this Master Class will be sommeliers and trained wine professionals across Canada. The Master Class curriculum has already been developed, under a previous RFP (18-001), and includes a comprehensive student Study Guide, along with a series of PowerPoint presentations that reflect the units of study in the Study Guide.

    The objective of this Request for Proposals (RFP 18-002) is to secure a qualified instructor to deliver the Master Class in five (5) target markets across Canada: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Selection criteria are described in detail in the Evaluation Factors section of the RFP. The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019. Please refer to the attached RFP document for further details.  

    RFP 18-002 - FINAL - version 1.0.pdf

    Any queries regarding submissions may be directed to Cheryl Doherty: president@atlantic.sommelierscanada.ca

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 10:30 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

  • Mon, March 26, 2018 9:50 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    Discover Argentine Malbec beyond the limits of what is known & experience the potential of Argentina’s emerging varietals 

    CAPS Master Class on Malbec World Day 

    Tuesday, April 17th 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East of Grafton, Halifax

     Celebrate Malbec World Day 2018 with National CAPS President and wine writer, Mark DeWolf, at a presentation and tasting of 30+ Argentine wines that will demonstrate the impact of terroir, altitude, latitude and mountains on diverse expressions of Malbec, Argentina’s flagship grape, amidst an exciting roster of emerging varietals and wine styles. Mark will share insights and experiences from his recent trip to Argentina’s premiere wine regions of Mendoza, San Juan and Salta. The evening includes a tutored, comparative tasting of 15+ Malbec preceded by a walk-around tasting showing the ever increasing diversity of varietals and styles emerging from Argentina. 

    Participating wineries: Alamos Winery | Bodega Argento | Clos de Los Siete | El Esteco | Familia Zuccardi | Finca Las Moras | Los Toneles | Mascota Vineyards | Bodega Norton | Trapiche | Trivento 

    Representing regions and sub-regions, that include: Mendoza – Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Vista Flores, Maipu Mendoza, Valle de Uco – Los Arboles, Gualtallary, Paraje Altamira Salta – Valle de Calchaqui, Cafayete San Juan – Valle Pedernal, Valle de Tulum, Valle de Zonda

  • Tue, February 13, 2018 8:22 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers - Atlantic Chapter is tasked with creating a Master Class curriculum featuring the wine and regional food pairings of Nova Scotia. The attached is a request for proposals to fulfill that task. 

    The objective of this request is to secure a qualified curriculum developer who will successfully develop the Master Class curriculum and all associated course materials, including but not limited to, a comprehensive study guide. Power point presentation (s), suggested food and wine pairing exercises and any other relevant study materials. While cost will be a significant factor, other criteria will form the basis of the award decision. Selection criteria are described in detail in the Evaluation Factors section of this RFP. Deadline for submissions is March 21st 2018. Other deadlines are contained with in the document. 

    Any queries regarding submissions may be directed to Cheryl Doherty at president@atlantic.sommelierscanada.ca

    RFP Master Class.pdf

  • Thu, January 18, 2018 11:20 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)


    The CAPS-AC Tasting Committee has finalized our tasting events for the first half of the 2018 calendar. In keeping with tradition, we will continue to hold our tastings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month… with a couple extra exclusive events as well!

    As always, each will be a fun, educational, wine tasting evening led by sommeliers and wine professionals and a great opportunity to network with other oenophiles.

    This year, we will focus on bringing in more guest speakers to lead the tastings to the benefit of the education portion of our events.

    Everyone is welcome, regardless of wine knowledge and we welcome new and seasoned members alike.

    ** To all CAPS-AC Members : you will be entitled to special pricing for several of our tastings!!

    We’d like to thank everyone in CAPS-AC for their continued support and we hope to see you at our next tasting on February 20th!

    February 20 2018

    March 2 2018

    March 20 2018

    April 17 2018

    May 15 2018

    June 19 2018

    July 17 2018

  • Wed, October 04, 2017 5:36 PM | Ann Miller (Administrator)



    For all those in the Moncton, NB area who are interested in starting their Sommelier studies, CAPS-AC will be offering the first module Sensory Development & Wine Styles on Sunday, November 05, 2017!!

    The course will be offered over 5 Sundays under the tutelage of instructors Simon Rafuse, Carman Mills & Mark DeWolf.

    LOCATION : Moncton TBA

    DATES : Sun, November 05, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, December 03, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Moncton, New Brunswick


  • Tue, May 16, 2017 5:14 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    To the delight you of budding sommeliers in New Brunswick, CAPS-AC will be offering the first module Sensory Development this summer in Saint John! The course will be offered over 5 Sundays under the tutelage of instructors Simon Rafuse, Craig Pinhey & Mark DeWolf. All sessions will be held at our generous hosts Italian by Night. For more information...http://bit.ly/2pRDjz3

  • Fri, March 03, 2017 11:53 AM | Danielle McLean (Administrator)

    We have lots of events and tastings coming up as we approach our annual AGM! Not only are we welcoming the newest CAPSAC graduates there is also Atlantic Canada's Top Sommelier - the winner will go on to compete for Canada's Top Sommelier. Stay tuned for events and info!

  • Tue, May 24, 2016 9:05 PM | Shane Callaghan

    May 29th, 2016 3:00PM to 5:00PM
    Season by Atlantica, 1980 Robie Street
    $60 (for tickets call 902 2420 0003 or email info@liveartdance.ca)

    See the Press Release for more details!

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