Seventh Annual Canadian BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) Designer Glass Competition

    Gabriel Proulx awarded with opportunity to work with world-class
    designer, Karim Rashid

    TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ - Gabriel Proulx of Montreal, Quebec has been
named the Canadian winner of the seventh annual BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Designer Glass
Competition (DGC). Proulx's O3 martini cocktail glass design was selected from
the top three finalists by a distinguished panel of judges, including Canada's
internationally renowned industrial designer, Karim Rashid. As part of his
prize, Proulx will have the chance to intern at Karim Rashid's studio in New
York City.
    Proulx, a recent design graduate from CEGEP du Vieux Montreal, will join
emerging designers from 26 countries around the world at the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
Designer Glass Competition global finals. Held in London this September, the
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE global finals award a $20,000 USD grand prize and the winning
glass becomes part of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Designer Glass Exhibition world
    O3 was described by the Canadian judges as exceptionally creative and
functional; preserving of the integrity of a martini. O3's innovative design
allows the cocktail to remain at its optimal temperature after it has been
poured into the glass.
    "I was inspired to create a glass that worked with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin to
create the perfect martini and keep it at its optimal temperature until the
very last sip," says Proulx. "The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Designer Glass Competition
has challenged me, and helped me further develop my design skills, giving me
the privilege of representing Canada on an international stage. This is a
great honour and I look forward to competing in London."
    Taking second place this year is Raffi Kaufman, a graduate of The Ontario
College of Art and Design for his submission, Dewdrop. Andrew Jepson of Humber
College's Industrial Design program in Toronto placed third for his glass
design, Chameleon. The People's Choice Award, voted on by the public at, was awarded to Ilana Ben-Ari for her
submission, Vrynwy.
    The Designer Glass Competition has helped past Canadian winners launch
their careers, such as 2007's Ronen Bauer who was the runner up at the
international Designer Glass Competition in Milan, Italy. Joining Karim Rashid
in judging duties are Christopher and Paul Massie, founders of Massie Office;
Azure Magazine founder, Nelda Rodger; Elaine Cecconi and Anna Simone, founding
partners of Cecconi Simone Inc.; Host of HGTV's Pure Design, Samantha Pynn;
Editor-in-Chief of Elemente Magazine, Angus MacKenzie; and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
Global Brand Ambassador, Merlin Griffiths.
    "The Canadian Designer Glass Competition demonstrates BOMBAY SAPPHIRE's
commitment to supporting emerging designers in Canada," says Dan Pilas, Group
Brand Manager, Bombay Sapphire. "We are so proud to have BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
inspire such great designs, just as it inspires great cocktails."
    In 2001, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Designer Glass Competition began challenging
designers globally to create cutting-edge glass designs worthy of the ultimate
cocktail, the martini cocktail. Each year, glasses at the national and
international level are judged on functionality, innovation, aesthetics and
embodiment of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE brand personality.
    This year also marks the second annual ultimate mixology challenge,
Cocktails by Design. Mixologists from across Canada submitted custom-crafted
cocktail recipes showcasing the unique flavour profile of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and
inspiration behind it.
    The winning cocktail, London Vine by Shaun Layton of George Lounge in
Vancouver, BC, will be the signature martini cocktail for the DGC award
ceremony, as well as a featured cocktail for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE sponsored events
throughout 2008. Layton will also be travelling to Vinopolis in the UK to meet
with Mixologist and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Global Brand Ambassador Merlin Griffiths.
    "London Vine has all the elements we look for in a BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
signature cocktail," says Griffiths. "It complements the 10 carefully selected
botanicals; it's creative, innovative and pleasing to the eye. Showcasing
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE's versatility and mixability, the London Vine is complex on
the palate and very refreshing."

    London Vine

    Martini Cocktail Glass

    1 inch piece of lemon peel
    1 black plum
    1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
    15 ml vanilla simple syrup
    15 ml BC Pinot Noir
    Dash of Campari

    Muddle lemon peel in Boston glass
    Add plum and muddle again
    Add BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, grapefruit juice, vanilla simple syrup and BC Pinot
    Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

    Skinny ripe plum wedge

    About BOMBAY SAPPHIRE & Design:
    BOMBAY SAPPHIRE has a long-standing history of supporting design and
designers-on-the-rise. Over the last decade, many internationally-acclaimed
designers have created their interpretation of the ultimate BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
inspired martini cocktail glass. Artists such as Karim Rashid, Milton Glaser,
Marcel Wanders, Eva Zeisel and Dakota Jackson have all created fantastic
martini cocktail glasses for BOMBAY SAPPHIRE.
    As an esteemed judge of the Canadian Designer Glass Competition since
2005, Karim Rashid was invited to join the prestigious Bombay Sapphire
Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2001 to recognize, encourage and
reward the very best in contemporary design and in particular, glass design.
As the very first non-UK member, Canadian-raised Rashid will also be involved
with judging the largest international glass award, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Prize.

    Unlike most gins, which boil their botanicals directly in the spirit to
achieve their taste, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE is distilled alone and the 10
uniquely-combined botanicals from around the world are infused to achieve a
much greater subtlety of taste. Based on a secret recipe from 1761, BOMBAY
SAPPHIRE is produced by passing the spirit vapour through the botanicals,
which are held separately from the spirit in a perforated copper basket. This
process, known as vapour infusion, allows the gentle absorption of each of the
aromatic flavours, resulting in a wonderfully balanced, crisp yet delicate
finish; and a versatility unmatched by other gins that can be savoured on its
own in a classic martini cocktail, or in mixed cocktails.
    To find out more about BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, please visit

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