The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long-held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

As an early pioneer of farm to table dining, Executive Chef James Walt’s seasonally focused menus celebrate the excellence of locally sourced ingredients. Walt’s innovative and skillfully executed dishes – from savory starters through delicious desserts – deliver intelligent compositions and unforgettable flavors.

“What a wonderful opportunity to bring our Sommelier community together and share a unique experience with Francesco and each other. Having the chance to do blind, comparative tasting over a lovely meal created fantastic dialogue and lifelong memories of a great food and wine experience.

Samantha Rahn

Wine Director



The Italian and French wine traditions: an historic challenge


Samantha Rahn
Head Sommelier – Araxi Restaurant

Darin Newton
Asst. Sommelier – Araxi Restaurant

Claudie Simmard
Head Sommelier – Hy’s Steakhouse Whistler

Daniel Liddy
Head Sommelier/Wine educator – Four Seasons Hotel Whistler

Albert Kirby
Director of Banquests – Four Seasons Hotel Whistler

Daniel Robitaille
Assistant Sommelier – Bearfoot Bistro

Michael Kompass
Sommelier/Buyer/Media – Blackcomb Liquor Store/Pique Whistler Magazine

Diana Claxton
Sommelier – BLVD Restaurant Vancouver


“Truly one of the most sophisticated events I have attended this year. Your team created a memorable program to be proud of, and teaming up with Araxi was brilliant”
Daniel Liddy

Wine Director

Four Seasons Resort Whistlers