Sommelier of the Month (CAN): Christopher McFadden

August's Sommelier of the Month (Canada)

Sommelier of the Month (CA): Christopher McFadden

Christopher McFadden is a native of Burlington, Ontario and has spent the past 20 years in the restaurant industry.  A veteran Sommelier for the past 15 years; Christopher has overseen award winning wine programs and managed restaurants from Toronto to Vancouver.  From Fairmont hotels in Lake Louise and Banff, Oliver Bonacini Restaurants in Toronto, The Belvedere in Calgary, Hy’s of Canada Steakhouses and Canucks Sports & Entertainment in Vancouver; Christopher proudly now is an owner of Piva Modern Italian and actively runs Piva as

General Manager & Wine Director. Christopher decided to become the ‘Sober Somm’ in 2017 keeping a clear head and healthy strong body and hopes it has helped inspire colleagues and friends in this business.

Christopher is thrilled to team up with Riedel to showcase their glassware and decanters with our BC and Italian Wine program.

What are your favorite food and wine combos? What do you find to be the hardest/easiest to match up?

"Tomato's and Sangiovese. I love watching the acidity in these two come together. 

Dishes that include lemon with a red wine pairing.

Tell us about your restaurant. What is your must-eat dish on the menu and which wine do you recommend with it?

Piva Modern Italian takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare.  The Piva family settled from Treviso, Italy to Kamloops BC in 1917 so we have represented our 200 item wine list with offerings from BC and Italy only.   

Any tips for decanter newbies?


Can you recommend one red and one white that you find to be crowd pleasers?    

Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico for red and Ciu Ciu 'Merlettaie' Pecorino for white are two of my favourites to pair with.

In your opinion, how do Riedel glasses enhance the wine drinking experience? Which is your favorite glass/product?          

"Riedel glassware makes wine shine!  I have used Riedel glassware since I first began studying wine at 20 years old (19 years ago), and would always direct anyone to use them. Riedel Merlot decanter is one for the most versatile products I have used.  Allows any newer vintage wines up to 10 years old wines beautiful space to breathe.

Any big trends that you have been noticing in the wine industry?

Looking for wines off the beaten track.  We offer a vast array of varietals not so familiar that creates intrigue for our guests.

RIEDEL Amadeo Dekanter
RIEDEL Dekanter Amadeo Mini
RIEDEL Dekanter Amadeo Performance
RIEDEL Dekanter Amadeo Fatto A Mano Schwarz/Weiß/Schwarz
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