Sangria Challenge Winners 2016

The  Vancouver Foodster 2nd Sangria Challenge was a huge success featuring 7 sangria creations from restaurants around Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Mission and Langley. Each restaurant featured their sangria creation from September 1-25, 2016. 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: Sonia Beeksma, David Peng and Zahra Alani.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Ban Chok Dee

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Price: $10 – glass or $18 – jug

Created by:  Executive Chef Parinya Loptson and Bartender Chika Ikeda

Description: Refreshing White Sangria with layers of Watermelon Sorbet and Honeydew Sorbet with Asian Melon Balls and Fresh Slices of Peach and Kiwi. Also includes White Cranberry Juice and Coconut Juice with Honey and Lemon Aromatics and Infused Basil. All touched up with a shot of Butterfly Pea Flower Liquid and Garnished with Twisted Lemon and Bai Bua Bok (Gotu Kola) Leaves (from the legendary Fountain of Life).

Ingredients: Wild Goose Pinot Gris, White Cranberry Juice, Coconut Juice, Grand Mariner, Lillet Vermouth, Fresh Peach, Fresh Kiwi, Asian Melon Balls (frozen), Watermelon Sorbet, Honeydew Sorbet, Basil Infused Simple Syrup, Butterfly Pea Flower Colouring (layered on top), and Honey Lemon Twist with Bai Bua Bok (Gotu Kola) Leaf Garnish.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeethai

2nd Place:

House Special

Double Lucky Happiness

Price: $12

Created by:Mixologist – Bryan Statham

Description: Our sparkling sake and plum wine sangria is an exciting twist on the classic; instantly transporting you to a tropical Asian paradise. Its refreshing notes of cool cucumber, sweet pineapple, spicy ginger, and fresh herbs, tantalize your taste buds and will surely bring you good fortune. If you are looking for a unique sangria then come try the Double Lucky Happiness Sangria at House Special.

Ingredients: Awa Yuki Sparkling Sake, Seol Joong Mae Plum Wine, cucumber pineapple puree, fresh garden herbs, ginger infused syrup, starfruit, and pineapple spears.

Offered: 11am-3pm and 5pm-close – everyday

House Special

1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-2939

Web: http://www.housespecial.ca/

Twitter: @housespecialvan

Instagram: @housespecial.ca

3rd Place:

The Westin Bayshore

Campfire at 10am

Campfire at 10am

Price: $12

Created by: Jon Dewsbury

Description: A base of Synchromesh Riesling fortified with Sons of Vancouver Amaretto No. 82, Jaral de Berrio Mezcal & Herradura Reposado with a hint of spice from Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka. Garnished with fresh berries and mint.

Ingredients list – Synchromesh Riesling, Sons of Vancouver Amaretto No. 82, Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka, Jaral de Berrio Mezcal, Herradura Reposado, House made orange bitters, soda water, blackberries, raspberries, mint sprig, lemon twist

Offered: Lunch & Dinner daily

The Westin Bayshore

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 682-3377

Web: http://www.westinbayshore.com/

Twitter: @WestinBayshore

Instagram: @westinbayshore

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:

Ban Chok Dee

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Price: $10 – glass or $18 – jug

Created by:  Executive Chef Parinya Loptson and Bartender Chika Ikeda

Description: Refreshing White Sangria with layers of Watermelon Sorbet and Honeydew Sorbet with Asian Melon Balls and Fresh Slices of Peach and Kiwi. Also includes White Cranberry Juice and Coconut Juice with Honey and Lemon Aromatics and Infused Basil. All touched up with a shot of Butterfly Pea Flower Liquid and Garnished with Twisted Lemon and Bai Bua Bok (Gotu Kola) Leaves (from the legendary Fountain of Life).

Ingredients: Wild Goose Pinot Gris, White Cranberry Juice, Coconut Juice, Grand Mariner, Lillet Vermouth, Fresh Peach, Fresh Kiwi, Asian Melon Balls (frozen), Watermelon Sorbet, Honeydew Sorbet, Basil Infused Simple Syrup, Butterfly Pea Flower Colouring (layered on top), and Honey Lemon Twist with Bai Bua Bok (Gotu Kola) Leaf Garnish.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeethai

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

House Special

Double Lucky Happiness

Price: $12

Created by:Mixologist – Bryan Statham

Description: Our sparkling sake and plum wine sangria is an exciting twist on the classic; instantly transporting you to a tropical Asian paradise. Its refreshing notes of cool cucumber, sweet pineapple, spicy ginger, and fresh herbs, tantalize your taste buds and will surely bring you good fortune. If you are looking for a unique sangria then come try the Double Lucky Happiness Sangria at House Special.

Ingredients: Awa Yuki Sparkling Sake, Seol Joong Mae Plum Wine, cucumber pineapple puree, fresh garden herbs, ginger infused syrup, starfruit, and pineapple spears.

Offered: 11am-3pm and 5pm-close – everyday

House Special

1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-2939

Web: http://www.housespecial.ca/

Twitter: @housespecialvan

Instagram: @housespecial.ca

 

3rd Place People’s Choice: 

The Westin Bayshore

Campfire at 10am

Campfire at 10am

Price: $12

Created by: Jon Dewsbury

Description: A base of Synchromesh Riesling fortified with Sons of Vancouver Amaretto No. 82, Jaral de Berrio Mezcal & Herradura Reposado with a hint of spice from Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka. Garnished with fresh berries and mint.

Ingredients list – Synchromesh Riesling, Sons of Vancouver Amaretto No. 82, Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka, Jaral de Berrio Mezcal, Herradura Reposado, House made orange bitters, soda water, blackberries, raspberries, mint sprig, lemon twist

Offered: Lunch & Dinner daily

The Westin Bayshore

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 682-3377

Web: http://www.westinbayshore.com/

Twitter: @WestinBayshore

Instagram: @westinbayshore

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 7 entries here. 

By: Richard Wolak