Sangria Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge was a huge success featuring 9 sangria creations from restaurants around Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond and Langley. Each restaurant featured their sangria creation from July 9-30, 2015. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Corey Basso and Zahra Alani.

The Winners are:

1st Place (tie): The Apron

Solstice Sangria

Solstice Sangria

Description: Bright refreshing white sangria with fresh herbs and fruit for long summer days

Ingredients: Longtable Distillery London Dry Gin, Peller Family Series Chardonnay, Fresh Mint, Basil, Grated Ginger, Watermelon, Strawberries, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Soda Water

Created by: Allister Cave

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

Allister Cave

Allister Cave

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1st Place (tie): Pinnacle Pier Hotel

Sapporous Sangria

Sapporous Sangria

Description: A fruity Rose Wine, combined with orange liqueur, blueberries fresh cherries and topped with ginger-ale.

Ingredients: rose wine, orange liqueur, blueberries, cherries, ginger ale.

Created by: Amanda Marr from the Sales team at Pinnacle at the Pier!

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-986-7437

Web: http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/the_lobby.html

Twitter: @PinnaclePier

Amanda Marr

Amanda Marr

2nd Place:

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Sassy Sangria

Sassy Sangria

Description: This citrus fruit based sangria with herbal and spice notes is great any time or place

Ingredients: Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, raspberries, pineapple, Framboise, Malbec, brandy, Cointreau liquer, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, fresh tarragon, lillet blanc, Regans orange bitters.

Created by: Head Bartender Chris Brown

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-684-3474

Web: http://www.cprime.ca/

Twitter @cprimesteak

Instagram: cprimesteak

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

3rd Place:

Ban Chok Dee 

Siam Ginger Sangria

Siam Ginger Sangria

Description: An explosion of summer citrus refreshment with a fruity New Zealand sauvignon blanc, Asian influenced liqueur and a touch of ginger to give it some bite!

Ingredients: The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), OR-G Liqueur (Persimmon mingling with Papaya, Mango and Lime); Absolut Raspberry Vodka; Lychee Juice; Lime Juice; Club Soda; Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, Lime, Lemon, Blueberry, Orange; Mint Leaves; and Ginger Root.

Created by:  Executive Chef Parinya

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

Executive Chef Parinya

Executive Chef Parinya

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Sangria creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Ban Chok Dee 

Siam Ginger Sangria

Siam Ginger Sangria

Description: An explosion of summer citrus refreshment with a fruity New Zealand sauvignon blanc, Asian influenced liqueur and a touch of ginger to give it some bite!

Ingredients: The Ned Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), OR-G Liqueur (Persimmon mingling with Papaya, Mango and Lime); Absolut Raspberry Vodka; Lychee Juice; Lime Juice; Club Soda; Strawberries, Pineapple, Grapes, Lime, Lemon, Blueberry, Orange; Mint Leaves; and Ginger Root.

Created by:  Executive Chef Parinya

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Pinnacle Pier Hotel

Sapporous Sangria

Sapporous Sangria

Description: A fruity Rose Wine, combined with orange liqueur, blueberries fresh cherries and topped with ginger-ale.

Ingredients: rose wine, orange liqueur, blueberries, cherries, ginger ale.

Created by: Amanda Marr from the Sales team at Pinnacle at the Pier!

Pinnacle Pier Hotel

138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-986-7437

Web: http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/the_lobby.html

Twitter: @PinnaclePier

 

3rd Place People’s Choice: 

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U&I Thai

U&I Thai

U&I Thai Sangria 

Ingredients: Backyard Riesling white wine, lime, orange, lemon, lychee soho, 7-up, raspberry, blueberry, watermelon

Created by: Chef Ui Ratsomjit

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

Thank you to all the bartenders, chefs, restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Sangria on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Sangria creations! See all the 9 entries here

By: Richard Wolak