BC Liquor Store Special Events for January 2020

BC Liquor Stores e-newsThe BC Liquor Stores have many special events for you to experience this month; some related to the upcoming Chinese New Year as well.  Here is their list of events. Enjoy 2020!

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Ring in the new year with BC Liquor Stores! There are a wide range of exciting events this month to celebrate the New Year. We have an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all spirit enthusiasts and avid collectors alike. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

BC LIQUOR STORES WEEKLY WEDNESDAY TASTINGS
Every Wednesday
3:00pm to 5:00pm | Multiple locations
Excite your palate with something fresh every week! Each week will feature an exciting theme with products hand-picked by our experts.
January 8 – Low Calorie Options
January 15 – New & BCL Select
January 22 – 90 Point Wines
January 29 – New & BCL Select

A GRAND GIFT WITH GRAND MARNIER
Friday, January 10
Friday, January 17
Friday, January 24
4:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Saturday, January 11
Saturday, January 18
Saturday, January 25
4:00pm to 8:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Experience the taste of Grand Marnier, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message, perfect for the Lunar New Year.

CAN MUSIC MAKE WINE TASTE BETTER?
Saturday, January 18
3:00pm to 7:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Friday, January 24
3:00pm to 7:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Does music make wine taste better? Learn about Frontera wines while listening to some live music.

GLOBAL RELEASE OF BRUICHLADDICH OCTOMORE 10.4
Monday, January 20
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
On the Global Release day for Bruichladdich Octomore 10.4, Reed Pettit, Remy Cointreau National Brand Ambassador, will conduct a master class featuring Octomore 10.1, 10.3, and 10.4. Reed will walk you through the philosophy of Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridian Distillery and the production of Octomore peated whisky.
Tickets are $25

LUNAR NEW YEAR: PREMIUM SELECTION OF SPIRITS
Tuesday, January 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Welcome the 2020 Lunar New Year with a lineup of premium spirits including Courvoisier, Glenrothes, and Macallan. Try the newly released Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish and the highly-awarded Glenrothes 18-Year-Old. The night will conclude with a draw for the chance to purchase select Macallan products.
Tickets are $50

THE MACALLAN 72-YEAR-OLD IN LALIQUE
Tuesday, January 21
8:00pm to 10:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for the release of the highly sought after Macallan 72-Year-Old. A draw for the chance to purchase the oldest whisky ever released by Macallan will be held at 8:00pm. Limited quantities of the Macallan 25-Year-Old, 30-Year-Old, and the 12-Year-Old Double Cask Year of the Rat will also be available. Draw tickets will be handed out starting 5:30 p.m. Customer must be present at the time of the draw to purchase.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH THE DALMORE
Wednesday, January 22
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
A walk through elevated tasting and education session of The Dalmore’s history and Principal Collection with Louis-Jérôme Doise; Dalmore’s Single Malt Specialist for Canada. Each Scotch will be paired with a selection of small bites.
Tickets are $35

CELEBRATING AN AUSPICIOUS NEW YEAR WITH THE 2019 PENFOLDS COLLECTION
Thursday, January 23
5:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for an elevated tasting experience showcasing the new Penfolds vintage released in the Penfolds 175th anniversary year. Edward Lee, Luxury Wine Ambassador will share his passion and wine knowledge with international audiences in both English and Chinese. Customers looking to gift wine this Lunar New Year will have the opportunity to taste and create a personalized message for your purchased bottle.

LUNAR NEW YEAR BAIJIU INTRODUCTION
Thursday, January 30
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Explore Chinese Baijiu (including Chinese rice wine) in this first ever Baijiu educational seminar. Learn about the history, major varieties, production process and the culture behind one of the most popular spirits in the world. Guests will be introduced to the unique aromas and tastes of Baijiu as well as their food pairing potentials. The event will also be an introduction to Chinese drinking culture. Food pairings will be provided by Peninsula Seafood restaurant. Guests will receive a special gift with every purchase. Tickets are $20

*Events are free unless otherwise specified. All event tickets include a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

July Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

From BC Liquor Stores; enjoy!

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Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming events in July. We have a variety of exciting events in our stores this month. Join us and taste Australia’s finest wines, learn how to make the perfect cocktail or try this summer’s best brews.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

RUM SUMMER MUSIC EXPERIENCE!
Friday, July 6th at Langley & 39th & Cambie
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 13th at Alberni & Bute & Kelowna Orchard Park
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 20th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Nordel Crossing

Friday, July 27th at Fleetwood
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

BACARDÍ amplifies the summer music experience with the best cocktails and the best way to keep the tunes playing all summer long.

COURVOISIER – DISCOVER CANADIAN HIP HOP
Friday, July 6th at Park Royal
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th at 39th & Cambie
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join Courvoisier and learn how you can discover more Canadian hip hop artists. This event will also give consumers the opportunity to receive a personalized label.

WINES OF AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 6th & 20th at Alberni & Bute
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th & 28th at Langley
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 14th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

Saturday, July 21st
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Join Wine Australia for a trip down under to get up close with trendy Australian Wines paired with delicious gourmet cheese.

APEROL SPRITZ – A TASTE OF SUMMER IN ITALY
Saturday, July 7th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Friday, July 13th, 20th & 27th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Saturday, July 28th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

This event will educate consumers on creating the perfect Aperol Spritz at home. A great cocktail for summer!

GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING – REFRESHING BREWS OF SUMMER
False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Summer Ale, and Leinenkugel’s Lemon Shandy are refreshing favourites that go with sunny days, beaches, barbecues and picnics. Fruit pastries will be served alongside these two beers. Please check our website for event dates.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, July 19th

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive offerings–only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. Talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion. Please check our website for a list of stores and times.

PARK ROYAL

ENJOY CANADA’S COCKTAIL ALL SUMMER LONG
Saturday, July 14th
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy Canada’s cocktail all summer long and try Mott’s Clamato Caesar drinks paired with fresh summer appetizers.

39TH & CAMBIE

SAILING INTO SUMMER WITH MOUNT GAY
Friday, July 13th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Gez McAlpine, Brand Ambassador for Remy Cointreau will lead a Mount Gay educational seminar, product tasting and discussion about rum.Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

ELEVATE YOUR SUMMER!
Friday, July 27th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Introducing ‘Le Grand Fizz’. Elevate your summer with Grey Goose paired with ST-Germain Elderflower Liqueur!

Vancouver International Wine Fest Announces Theme Country for 2015

Vancvouer International Wine Festival 2015

Vancvouer International Wine Festival 2015

With the wrap up of the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014, with the Theme Country of France and the Global Focus of “bubbles“, we now cast our eyes forward to 2015.  Which will be the Theme Country and what will be the Global Focus?  Read on and find out!

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Vancouver, BC, March 7, 2014 — The Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun, wrapped up its 36th extravaganza of wine and food on Sunday and bid a fond au revoir to France and Bubbly, its 2014 theme country and global focus respectively. Although statistics are yet to be compiled, it appears that 2014 was a banner year. The festival is a fundraiser for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

Wine AustraliaIt was announced at the Saturday evening International Festival Tasting on March 1 that Australia will be the theme country in 2015 and the global focus will be Syrah. To underscore the announcement, an “Australia Theme County 2015” banner with flag was hoisted to the ceiling, and a didgeridoo player led Australian winemakers on a parade of the tasting room, ending with an impromptu chorus of the Australian national anthem, “Advance Australia Fair.”

“Like crafting an iconic fine wine, we continue to tweak all aspects of Canada’s premier wine show, as we have since 1979.” says Harry Hertscheg, VIWF Executive Director. “We’re particularly glad to finally host the wine world at the same time each year, now the last week of February. This year’s festival, featuring France and Bubbly, was magnifique; VIWF 2015 will be Oz-some!”

Ranging from maritime to Mediterranean to continental climates, Australia boasts over 64 designated wine regions including Coonawarra, Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley, Margaret River, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and many others.

“There’s been an exciting evolution over the past decade in Australian wine; diverse wine styles, emerging regions and sub-regions, next generation winemakers and a re-energized approach to market. We look forward to showing this to festivalgoers at VIWF in 2015,” says Angela Slade, Wine Australia Regional Director – North America.

In 2015, the global focus is on Syrah. One of the top 10 most grown grapes, Syrah can be found throughout the wine world, from the Rhône Valley to the Barossa Valley to the Okanagan Valley. Syrah rose to prominence through the classic northern Rhône Valley wines, Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. In Australia, where the grape was introduced in 1832 and is commonly called Shiraz, Syrah is popular as a varietal, a sparkling wine, in a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, or even co-fermented with some Viognier. The southern Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM) is widely produced in South Australia and California’s Central Coast, as well as in Rosé production.

The 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place February 23 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues throughout the city. Advance tickets and passes go on sale on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. All public events go on sale Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets to Trade Days events go on sale Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s premier wine show will mark its 37th anniversary of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 23 to March 1, 2015. Next year the festival will feature Australia as the theme country and Syrah as the global focus. In 2014, it featured 177 wineries from 14 countries pouring 1,750 wines at 54 events to a projected 23,000 admissions. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $8.1 million for the performing arts. The presenting sponsor is The Vancouver Sun.

For more information visit VanWineFest.ca, like us on Facebook, follow us at @VanWineFest, or join the conversation at #VIWF.

ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 25th season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and several special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2013, festival attendance was 89,000 and over 1.3 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. The Festival’s 2014 dates are June 11 to September 20. The 2014 line-up features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Cymbeline and Bill Cain’s Equivocation.

French vs Australian Wine – Which Do You Prefer?

France vs Australia

France vs Australia

The Seasons in the Park Restaurant would like to know too, so they are hosting a tasting featuring wines from both countries on July 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  Here is their tasting announcement.

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A stylistic comparison between wines from the “Old World’ (France) and the “New World” (Australia). Don’t miss this chance to taste the very best of the old master of wine, France, up against the new world upstart, Australia. Wines presented by Jonathan Mergui of Liberty Specialty Wine Imports.  All wines beautifully paired with canapes thoughtfully prepared by Sous Chef Christopher Tse!

  •  2011 Remoissenet, Macon Villages, Bourgogne Blanc
  • 2010 Elderton, Eden Valley Chardonnay
  • 2011 Chusclan, Les Costes, Cotes du Rhone
  • 2011 Stump Jump Red (Southern Rhone Blend)

Tickets are $30 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Contact Details:

Seasons in the Park Restaurant Queen Elizabeth Park
W 33rd Avenue at Cambie St.
604.874.8008
@seasonsinqepark

My Quick Winery Picks for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013When you step foot inside the Festival Tasting room, time is ticking. There are 1850 wines to taste. Let me give you some suggestions for the theme region, California, and for the rest of the world.  No time in this article to give you any details, but these are wineries I have tried in the past, or I am interested in tasting.  I will visit each of these tables, among other tables.  To find these wineries, when you arrive, your Festival Tasting Room program, p.23, has a map showing the layout of the tables.

California Wineries to Visit

  • Blackbird Vineyards
  • Chateau St. Jean
  • Clos du Val
  • Duckhorn Wine Company
  • Gloria Ferrer
  • Girard Winery
  • Heitz Cellar
  • Joseph Phelps Winery
  • Louis M Martini
  • MacRostie Vineyards
  • Marimar Estate
  • Ridge Vineyards
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery
  • Silver Oak Cellars
  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

The Rest of the World Wineries to Visit

  • Bodega Catena Zapata Winery, Argentina
  • Las Perdices, Argentina
  • Chapel Hill, Australia
  • Josef Chromy, Australia
  • Tyrrell’s Wines, Australia
  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, BC
  • Fort Berens Estate Winery, BC
  • Meyer Family Vineyards, BC
  • Nk’Mip Cellars, BC
  • Painted Rock Estate Winery, BC
  • Poplar Grove Winery, BC
  • Sandhill, BC
  • Stoneboat Vineyards, BC
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, BC
  • Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery, BC
  • Concha y Toro, Chile
  • Vina Koyle Family Vineyards, Chile
  • Vina Undurraga, Chile
  • Baron Philippe de Rotschild, France
  • Brumont Vineyards, France
  • Dourthe & Thienot, France
  • Chateau de la Gardine, France
  • Georges Duboeuf, France
  • Famille Perrin, France
  • Champagne Pol Roger, France
  • Estates of Antinori, Italy
  • Barone Ricasoli, Italy
  • Fontodi, Italy
  • Akarua, New Zealand
  • Giesen Wines, New Zealand
  • Whitehaven Winery, New Zealand
  • Jose Maria da Fonseca, Portugal
  • Ramos Pinto, Portugal
  • Taylor Fladgate/Fonseca/Croft Port, Portugal
  • Boekenhoustskloof Winery, South Africa
  • Glen Carlou, South Africa
  • IberWine, Spain
  • Miguel Torres, Spain
  • Nathalie Bonhomme, Spain
  • King Estate, Oregon
  • Long Shadows, Washington

I know, its a long list, but worthwhile if you have the time.  Enjoy the Festival!

Having Dinner with M Michael Chapoutier at Hawksworth Restaurant

M Michael Chapoutier

As I write this, I am less than 4 hours away from enjoying a dinner in the York Room at Hawksworth Restaurant in downtown Vancouver, with Mr. M. Michael Chapoutier!  I of course will be amongst others also enjoying listening to Mr. Chapoutier speaking about his wines that we will be drinking tonight and savouring with with wonderful food from Hawksworth Restaurant.  I am so looking forward to this evening as last summer I visited his winery in the Rhone Valley in France, and walked the Hermitage hill.

In case you are not attending, here is today’s menu!

Winemaker Dinner with M. Michel Chapoutier
Wednesday June 20th, 2012

MENU

Reception
Canapés
tuna ceviche avocado, amaranth
beef bourguignon pickled pearl onion, toast
truffled arancini mozzarella
Marius Blanc
Marius Rouge

1st Course
cured fluke
grapefruit, english pea, horseradish, nasturtium
2010 Schieferkopf Alsace Riesling

2nd Course
bacon wrapped squab bitter greens, saskatoon berry, licorice jus
2010 Mathilda Shiraz

3rd Course
heritage angus flatiron
tokyo turnip, baby leek, mie de pain, green peppercorn consommé
2009 Lady’s Lane Shiraz, 2008 Ergo Sum Shiraz

4th Course
pierre robert apricot in various textures, olive oil pound cake
2010 Schieferkopf Alsace Riesling Lieu dit Fels

5th Course
strawberry vanilla capsule summer red fruits, marcona almond soil
2010 Schieferkopf Alsace Riesling Lieu dit Buehl

The Magnum Party at Taste of Tulalip – Totally Awesome

I waited on pins and needles for the Magnum Party at the Taste of Tulalip. The line up of wines was outstanding. In case you didn’t see my earlier blog article, here is the lineup.

Wines at the Magnum Party

  • Opus One 1998 – Magnum
  • Penfolds Grange 2003 – Magnum
  • Shafer ‘Hillside Select’ Cabernet 3 liter
  • Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2003 & 2008
  • ZD Abacus XII
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 2005
  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Magnum
  • Betz Family La Serenne Syrah,
  • Pere de Famille Cabernet – Magnum
  • Molly Dooker ‘Velvet Glove’ Shiraz
  • Gaja Barbaresco ‘Sori Tilden’
  • Louis Roederer Cristal- Magnum
  • Levy & Mcclellan Cabernet

The event was held in the mPulse Lounge.  Sheik furniture, amazing wines, and food to enjoy the wines with.  What else could you ask for?  I didn’t take any detailed notes; it was just not possible.  It was a time to just live in the moment and experience these wines.  So enjoy the following few pictures and the tidbits of notes by me.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 2005

Chateau Mouton Rothschild is an iconic wine maker from Bordeaux.  And 2005 was a great year for wine in Bordeaux (and Burgundy BTW).

Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2008

If you are a Burgundy lover, here is one for you, Batard Montrachet Grand Cru.

Penfolds Grange 2003 Magnum

Penfolds Grange 2003; One of my favourite wines at the Magnum Party.  An iconic Shiraz from Australia.  Velvety smooth and full bodied. Did you notice it is in a numbered bottle?

Shafer Hillside Select 2007 Magnum

Shafer Hillside Select is a big Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the 25th vintage from the Stags Leap District. “… one of the New World’s most profound Cabernet Sauvignons …” – Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

The Molly Dooker “Velvet Glove” Shiraz was also exceptional.  Great ripe fruit flavours.  This is the wine you may have heard about having a palette accident in Australia, destroying many of the bottles that were on route around the world.

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Magnum

The Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is from Washington State.  This was another big Cab.  Napa doesn’t have big Cabs cornered in the USA.  Give this wine a try.  It’s very high quality.

Rochioli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009

If you like Pinot Noir, the Rochioli Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009, is full bodied, silky with black cherry and spice.

I hope you enjoyed these wines vicariously and hope you have a chance to try them in person some day as I did. Enjoy!

Enjoy Some Stickies and Port for Christmas

Christmas gives you an excuse to indulge in dining, sparkling wine, desserts and more.  In the more category, I’d like to let you know about a few stickies (that’s the Australian term for a fortified wine they produce) and port wines that I tried at the last IVSA Trade tasting.

While these wines may appear expensive, compared to a bottle of wine, you just sip a small amount so these fortified wines will last much longer.  I’d be happy to drink these wines on my own, or share with friends and family, and hope you will too.

Croft 1991 Vintage Port

Croft 1991 Vintage Port, Portugal ($89.49).  Deep ruby in colour with no sign of aging.  Cedar, flowers and plum on the nose.  Very nice aromas. Medium body and medium sweetness with cherries, blackberries and spice.  Long length.  A very high quality wine.  Note that most ports are non-vintage.  A declared vintage happens in years when the grapes are of very high quality and the port produced as well from it.  Not every year is a declared vintage.

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal ($63.99).  A tawny port is aged in wooden barrels, which exposes the wine to oxygen causing oxidation. As a result, these wines  gradually turn to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to oxygen also imparts “nutty” flavours to the wine. This wine had caramel and roses aromas in the glass.  Amazing flavour with sweet spices, nuttiness and butterscotch.  Sweet but dry with a long length.  I REALLY liked this wine.

Broadbent Madeira Rainwater

Broadbent Madeira Rainwater NV, Portugal ($26.99). Have you ever tried Madeira?  Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands. From Wikipedia…Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up to temperatures as high as 60 °C (140 °F) for an extended period of time and deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Because of this unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine that can be quite long lived even after being opened..”  This Madeira is pale toasty orange in colour with a smoky caramel nose.  Sweet with medium body, spicy and nutty, including dark chocolate flavours.  A different wine to try.

Pertaringa Full Fronti

Pertaringa “Full Fronti” Fortified Muscat NV, Australia ($31.99). This wine is what Australians call a “stickie”.  These wines are produced from grapes that have begun to raisin on the vine. Alcohol is added before fermentation completes so that the wine still has some sugar.  This sweet wine is then aged in a solera type system.  Oxidation occurs during the aging process and evaporation in the hot Australian climate. The final result is a concentrated full bodied sticky sweet wine.  This particular wine was light amber in colour.  Big aromas in the glass of orange, caramel and spices.  Medium body, sweet with caramel, spices, nuttiness and orange.  Lots of flavour and lots of fun. I was told that this wine is available at Firefly on Cambie at 12th Ave. in Vancouver.

Enjoy Christmas, and enjoy these dessert style wines.

Are you interested in having a wine tasting of fortified wines?  Contact me at mywinepal.

Taste of Tulalip: What to Expect at the Magnum Party

Below is a sampling of the wines that will be poured on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Taste of Tulalip. During the Magnum Party you can nibble on some of Kathy Casey‘s dishes from her latest book Sips and Apps. From what I’ve seen, these wines, amongst others, will be poured.  Many iconic wines in this list.  It could be a chance of a lifetime to try these wines together in one place! Champagne, an Australian icon, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Napa, Italy; they are all here.  I am really excited about this lineup and can’t wait to taste them myself.

Wines at the Magnum Party

  • Opus One 1998 – Magnum
  • Penfolds Grange 2004 – Magnum
  • Shafer ‘Hillside Select’ Cabernet 3 liter
  • Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2003 & 2008
  • ZD Abacus XII
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 2005
  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Magnum
  • Betz Family La Serenne Syrah,
  • Pere de Famille Cabernet – Magnum
  • Molly Dooker ‘Velvet Glove’ Shiraz
  • Gaja Barbaresco ‘Sori Tilden’
  • Louis Roederer Cristal- Magnum
  • Levy & Mcclellan Cabernet

Who is Kathy Casey?

Kathy Casey

I mentioned that Kathy Casey will be serving food to accompany these wines.  In case you don’t know, Kathy Casey is a celebrity chef, mixologist and pioneer in the bar-chef movement.

She played a key role in bringing Northwest cuisine and women chefs to national prominence and, as one of the first female executive chefs in the United States, she was named one of Food & Wine’s “hot new American chefs.” She has also been touted as being the original Bar Chef.

Take the short drive to Tulalip in WA state and have a fun time trying wine and tasting food for a weekend. To buy tickets to a Taste of Tulalip, follow this link.

Planning Your Summer Wine Trip?

It’s almost mid-August… What do you mean planning your summer wine trip?  Well I didn’t mean a trip here.  How about the southern hemisphere?  January is prime summer time down under.

Vina Errazuriz, Chile winery

If you are in North America, a trip south to Argentina or Chile is not a far stretch.  Vancouver, BC to Santiago, Chile via Air Canada is $1555 round trip in January.  Toronto, Ontario to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Air Canada is $1503 round trip in January, per person.  Both countries speak Spanish, but you can also get along with English as there are English speaking people in hotels as well as at wineries (from personal experience).

Before you get to any of the countries I mention, I recommend researching out some wineries on the Internet, then contacting the wineries in advance to set up a private tasting. I’ve done this in the past and I had great private tastings, which usually includes a few wines that are not normally poured at public tastings.

Southern hemisphere wine selection

If you feel more comfortable being in an English-speaking environment, try Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.  If you like wines and the environment of British Columbia, then New Zealand may be the destination for you.  A round trip in January from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand $2460 via Air Canada per person. If you would like to see the terra rossa soil of the Coonawarra in Australia, and enjoy a big Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon, a Vancouver to Sydney, Australia round trip ticket costs around $2123 per person.

The longest flight for Canadians would be to South Africa, but you can experience the Old World wines of the New World.  If you like the structure or finesse of French wines, for example, but also the fruit forwardness of North American wines, South Africa is a good choice. South African wines are designed for food, so make sure you enjoy a braii (a South African bbq) with your South African wines.  A Toronto, Ontario to Capetown, South Africa in January is about $2061 via Air Canada per person.

Some questions you may have for your trip:

  • What wines to enjoy in these southern hemisphere countries?
  • What are the signature grapes of these countries?
  • What are some interesting regions to visit in these countries?

These are all questions that you probably have as you consider your southern hemisphere Summer wine trip.  In upcoming blog articles I will tackle these questions and hopefully help you have a great wine trip!

The flight prices I found on Travelocity.ca.  They can change quickly, so I recommend doing a check on your own. Enjoy your trip planning!