Sangria Challenge Winners 2018

The  Vancouver Foodster 3rd Sangria Challenge was a huge success featuring sangria creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their sangria creation from September 13 – October 7, 2018. . 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: Maggi Mei, Mary Sheridan and Zahra Alani.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{108 points}

Nomad Restaurant

Impeachment

Price: $

Created by: Matt Benevoili

Description: The Impeachment Sangria has bright tropical flavors, hints of floral and peppery notes with a warm yet refreshing finish.

Ingredients: blanco tequila, peach/apple/orange juice mix, lime, vanilla, Cab merlot (tap wine)

Offered: all the time

Nomad Restaurant

3950 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-708-8525

Web: http://nomad-vancouver.ca/

Twitter: @nomad_vancouver

Instagram @nomad_vancouver

Matt Benevoili

2nd Place (tie):

{104 points}

Ban Chok Dee

Tropical Sangria

Price: $10

Created by: Kelsey S.

Description: A sweet yet subtle Thai Fruit inspired Sangria.

Ingredients: mango juice, ychee juice, Soho lychee liquor, Vina Esmeralda Riesling, Lychee fruit pieces, lemon, lime and fresh strawberry, fresh mint & basil leaves meddled

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 459-8000

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

Kelsey

2nd Place (tie):

{104 points}

The Rise Eatery

Hella-Pinot

Price: $12

Created by: Joel Bennett – Bar Manager

Description: Enjoy a sangria concoction as fiery as it is refreshing. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris collides with Tequila Reposado infused with charred jalapeño pepper. We cool the heat with kiwi fruit, cucumber and juicy watermelon. Fever Tree Tonic provides the fizz and a sprinkle of passion fruit bubble bombs adds an extra burst of flavor. Finished with a dollop of our house made raspberry sorbet and a mouthwatering charred jalapeño pepper. A unique twist to the classic, Hella-Pinot is a tongue tingling taste sensation.

Ingredients: Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, Charred Jalapeño Infused Tequila Reposado, Kiwi Fruit, Watermelon, Cucumber, Fever Tree Tonic Water, Raspberry Sorbet, Charred Jalapeño, Mint Sprig, Passion Fruit Punch Bubble Bombs

Offered: All the time

The Rise Eatery

3121 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8280

Web: http://theriseeatery.com/

Twitter @theriseeatery

Instagram @theriseeatery

Joel Bennett – Bar Manager

3rd Place:

{97 points}

Davie Dosa Company

Pomangria

Price: $8 Glass

Created by: Sharv Ramachandran

Description A refreshing blend of Indian inspired spices, Pom, Mango juice Sangria topped with Sparkling Wine, fresh fruits.

Ingredients list: Pom, Mango, Cinnamon, Ginger, Citric, Fresh Fruits, BC Sparkling and Red Wine

Offered: All the time

Davie Dosa Company

1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 669-5899

Web: http://daviedosacompany.com/

Twitter @daviedosa

Instagram @daviedosacompany

Sharv Ramachandran

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:

The Rise Eatery

Hella-Pinot

Price: $12

Created by: Joel Bennett – Bar Manager

Description: Enjoy a sangria concoction as fiery as it is refreshing. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris collides with Tequila Reposado infused with charred jalapeño pepper. We cool the heat with kiwi fruit, cucumber and juicy watermelon. Fever Tree Tonic provides the fizz and a sprinkle of passion fruit bubble bombs adds an extra burst of flavor. Finished with a dollop of our house made raspberry sorbet and a mouthwatering charred jalapeño pepper. A unique twist to the classic, Hella-Pinot is a tongue tingling taste sensation.

Ingredients: Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, Charred Jalapeño Infused Tequila Reposado, Kiwi Fruit, Watermelon, Cucumber, Fever Tree Tonic Water, Raspberry Sorbet, Charred Jalapeño, Mint Sprig, Passion Fruit Punch Bubble Bombs

Offered: All the time

The Rise Eatery

3121 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8280

Web: http://theriseeatery.com/

Twitter @theriseeatery

Instagram @theriseeatery

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Davie Dosa Company

Pomangria

Price: $8 Glass

Created by: Sharv Ramachandran

Description A refreshing blend of Indian inspired spices, Pom, Mango juice Sangria topped with Sparkling Wine, fresh fruits.

Ingredients list: Pom, Mango, Cinnamon, Ginger, Citric, Fresh Fruits, BC Sparkling and Red Wine

Offered: All the time

Davie Dosa Company

1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 669-5899

Web: http://daviedosacompany.com/

Twitter @daviedosa

Instagram @daviedosacompany

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee

Tropical Sangria

Price: $10

Created by: Kelsey S.

Description: A sweet yet subtle Thai Fruit inspired Sangria.

Ingredients: mango juice, ychee juice, Soho lychee liquor, Vina Esmeralda Riesling, Lychee fruit pieces, lemon, lime and fresh strawberry, fresh mint & basil leaves meddled

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 459-8000

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

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 entries here. 

By: Richard Wolak