CALGARY — Post Hotel & Spa has received the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for the 21st-consecutive year. The Grand Award wine program, which has been presented to the hotel annually since 2002, is under the director of cellar master, Misun Bu, and sommelier, Julian Simard-Gillis, who recently won The Chaine des Rôtisseurs Young Sommeliers of Canada competition and will be going on to compete at the international competition in Europe later this year.
The wine cellar is located in the basement of the original 1940s log lodge, comprising 20,500 bottles and 2,473 labels. The main area of the cellar features a custom-made table for special wine tastings and private dinners for up to 14 guests.
“Many bottles are ageing and are not yet listed, including both our Bordeaux and Burgundy collections from the 2017 and 2018 vintages,” says Bu. “Of special note, more than 95 per cent of our wines were acquired at release and have been stored in our cellar since.”
The previous owners, George and André Schwarz, sold the hotel in November 2021, but George Schwarz is still overseeing the wine program on a consulting basis. The new owners, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR), are committed to continuing the same wine program.
“We are dedicated to maintaining the long-standing reputation of one of the most notable wine cellars in Canada and upholding the incredible legacy of hospitality the Post Hotel & Spa is known for,” says Larkin O’Connor, president of CRMR.
The dining room at Post Hotel & Spa is one of four Canadian restaurants to be presented with the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.