NC Benchmark restaurant manager Sarah Scott was recognized with a Promoter Award from the Vintners’ Quality Alliance (VQA) at their annual Expert Tastings event May 2.
The awards recognize individuals who have consistently and enthusiastically raised the profile of VQA wines through education and promotion. Scott won the award in the Hospitality category, which highlights sommeliers, restaurateurs, wait staff, or chefs who present Ontario VQA wines with knowledge and enthusiasm to the dining public.
“Sarah is an exemplary ambassador for Niagara College and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and has built a solid relationship within the wine industry of Niagara and Ontario,” said Gary Torraville, associate dean of the School of Food and Wine sciences. She has also helped build a 100 per cent VQA wine list at the college’s Benchmark restaurant.
For Scott, the award reflects the enthusiasm and passion for student success shared by the entire team at the CFWI, and across the college “It’s very rewarding to see NC grads not only creating great wines that we are able to offer and pour at Benchmark, but who are also making waves in everything from wine and beer to culinary and hospitality.”
Scott has also been awarded in the past as a VQA licensee of the year in 2015 and was named as one of Business Link Niagara’s Top 40 under 40 in Niagara last year.