Celebrate Europe Day, May 9 With BC Liquor Stores

I didn’t know May 9 was Europe Day, but now I do.  BC Liquor Stores is showing off some very interesting European wines to help you celebrate Europe Day on May 9 as well as throughout the month of May.  Here is their announcement. Cin cin.

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The EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, together with BC Liquor Stores and local wine importers, is organizing during the month of May the second edition of “Emerging Wines of Europe” in-store promotion of selected European wines in 30 BC Liquors Stores.
Celebrate May 9th Europe Day savouring “Old World” wines during the entire month of May! Explore a dozen of delicious European wines – recently emerged and gaining popularity in BC Liquor Stores – selected for us by a Master of Wine, Barbara Philip.
The promotion comprises special displays and features in 30 selected BC Liquor Stores and advertising on BC Liquor Stores, EUCCCW websites and in social media channels.
Please find below more details, including the names of wines, tasting notes and the list of participating stores.
Rueda Verdejo
SKU#: 28100
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Menade
Varietal: Verdejo
Region: Rueda
Country: Spain
Price: $22.99
Tasting notes
Brimming with white fruits on the nose. The palate is a sea of citrus, lime, mango and nectarine in a medium-rich style. Think of this as an upscale Sauvignon for the senses with the perfect yin and yang for the palate. 


EM BIO Mavrud & Rubin
SKU#: 169436
Vintage: 2016
Winery: Edoardo Miroglio Ltd. Varietal: Mavrud 75%, Rubin 25% Region: Thracian 
Valley
Country: Bulgaria
Price: $18.99
Tasting notes
A certified organic wine from Bulgaria, made from indigenous grapes of Mavrud and Rubin. Aromas of cherry and eucalyptus, with flavours of tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. 
Chateau Dereszla – Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2013
SKU#: 285643
Vintage: 2013
Winery: Chateau Dereszla
Varietal: 75% Furmint, 25% Harslevelu
Region: Tokaji
Country: Hungary
Price: $48.99
Tasting notes
This pale gold dessert wine displays notes of honey, ripe pear, apricot and spice. The palate is smooth with intense flavours of honey, peach, lemon, dried apricot and orange zest. With a long, mouth-watering finish, the Tokaji Aszu has refreshing, lively acidity to balance the sweetness.
 
Monograph Assyrtiko by Gaia Nemea  
SKU#: 214120   
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Gaia
Varietal: Assyrtiko    
Region: Nemea
Country: Greece
Price: $ 21.99
Tasting notes
A youthful, intensely fruity 100% Assyrtiko, with a bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus fruit and a refreshing acidity on the palate. A classic pairing with fresh seafood. Unoaked. 
Bollicini Sparkling Rose
SKU#: 155116
Vintage: NV
Winery: Bollicini
Varietal: Glera ( Prosecco)
Region: Veneto
Country: Italy
Price: $19.99 Retail
 
Tasting notes
Crisp and fragrant notes of strawberry and red berry. Delicious on its own or with appetizers, shellfish, salads, grilled veggies, or fruit desserts. 
Tokaji Muscat Late Harvest
SKU#: 057802
Vintage: N/A
Winery: Grand Tokaj Zrt
Varietal: Yelow Muscat
Region: Tokaj
Country: Hungary
Price: 18.99
Tasting notes
Black locust and fresh flowers with a hint of botrytis on the nose. Smooth citrus and floral taste with botrytis notes and apricot with mint appearing at the end. 
 Finca Cuarta Mencia
SKU#: 30000
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Prior de Panton, MGH Wines Group
Varietal:  Mencia
Region: Ribera Sacra, Galicia
Country: Spain
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Intense aroma of red fruit on a backdrop of complex toasted notes of wood aging. Smooth and well-structured on the palate with hints of coffee and ripe red fruit followed by a long finish.
 
 Vinho Verde Maria Bonita
SKU#: 185986
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Maria Bonita
Varietal:  Loureiro
Region: Vinho Verde
CountrY: Portugal
Price: Whl. $11.20 – Ret. $14.99
Tasting notes
This is a dry style of Vinho Verde, attractively perfumed with a herbal edge. The wine has a touch of spice that highlights the smoky citrus flavors. The wine is crisp and intense and has a long lingering finish.
 
“Labrusca” Lambrusco
SKU#: 030163
Vintage: NV
Winery: LINI910
Varietal:  Lambrusco
Region: Emilia-Romagna
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Dry and tangy, with ripe black cherry fruit, candied current, balsamic and spice box notes. Enjoy this dry Lambrusco chilled with rustic Italian food like pizza, pasta, antipasti, & charcuterie.
 
Teodosio Aglianico del Vulture
SKU#: 783498
Vintage: 2015
Winery: BasIlisco
Varietal:  Aglianico
Region: Basilicata
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
A full bodied and textured wine with soft fruit aromas of plum and Morello cherry. Well balanced and full bodied with a long-lasting finish.
Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner
SKU#: 458034
Vintage: 2017
Winery: Laurenz V.
Varietal: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Kremstal, Weinvertel
Country: Austria
Price: $18.38 Whls, $23.99 Est. Retail
Tasting notes
A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. It sings on the palate!
 
Stina Cuvee Red
SKU#: 997742
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Stina
Varietal: Plavac Mali and Merlot
Region: Brac
Country: Croatia
Price: $18.09
Tasting notes
Dark red in color, the wine is dominated by spicy notes and red and black fruits. Supple tannins, it also offers notes of dried plums and cherry. 
Find these wines at the following participating
BC LIQUOR STORES
 
50 Sidney
76 Richmond Brighouse
77 Northgate
79 Kam. Columbia Pl
90 Jericho Village
98 Tsawwassen
102 Dunbar
107 Westview
 111 Commercial Drive
117 Broadway & Maple
120 Richmond Ironwood
125 Victoria Westshore
129 Alberni & Bute
148 Kel. Mission Park
158 Langley
 160 39th & Cambie
163 Westwood Centre
167 Kel. Orchard Park
175 Caulfeild
177 8th & Cambie
179 Whistler Market Pl
181 Broadmead Village
183 Peninsula Village
191 Yaletown
208 Squamish
218 Fort Street
224 Solo
228 Park Royal
233 Robson Street
247 Lynn Valley

KPU Brewitaly: Craft Beer & Italian Food Tasting Event

Enjoy an evening of craft beer and Italian food while supporting the art of brewing and culinary students! This special event is a collaboration between Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Brewing students from Rome, Italy and Vancouver Community College (VCC) Culinary Arts students.
Italian brewing students will be featuring a selection of their beer made in the KPU Brewing summer program and VCC Culinary students will be serving finger foods with an Italian influence, specially paired with the beers.
Guests will get to chat with the Italian brewers, as well as KPU Brewing instructors and local craft brewers, while enjoying delicious beer and food.
Ticket price is inclusive of beer and food tastings, making it a great value!
Date: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Venue: VCC Downtown Campus | Vancouver, BC
Price: $40 in advance | $50 at the door (includes beer and food)
Must be 19+ to attend. Lots of parking nearby and close to transit.
For more details visit  kpu.ca/brew 

BC Liquor Store e-News for January 2019

DEALS OF THE MONTH AT BC LIQUOR STORES

Start off 2019 with these amazing deals, limited time offers and new products! Our Savvy Savings has everything you need for entertaining, meal pairings, or even just sipping by a warm fire.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save big. Drop by your nearest BC Liquor Store today and stock up! Some of our highlights include:

TARIMA ALICANTE MONASTRELL
Spain 895680 750 ml
Reg. $15.99
Now $13.99*
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2016 Tarima Monastrell offers more dark fruits, pepper, and earth in a rich, full-bodied, expansive, charming character. It’s another terrific value.” Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ANGELO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO
Spain 226098 750 ml
Reg. $11.99
Now $9.99*
This down-to-earth expression of Montepulciano is a great value. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and plum accented by floral, herbal and spicy nuances flow to a smooth and well-balanced palate. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SMOKY BAY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Canada? 799221 3 L
Reg. $31.99
Now $28.99*
This Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from South Eastern Australia is medium-bodied with soft tannins and notes of raspberry, blackberry, plum, pepper, vanilla and oak. Sip with steak or burgers. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ARTIUS CHARDONNAY
USA 188496 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
Chardonnay in California reflects the sunshine state that ripens this grape like nowhere else. So hints of tree fruits of apple, tropical notes like pineapple and light butter and spice round out the package. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
TORRECORTA TERRE SICILIANE CATARRATTO PINOT GRIGIO
Italy 182202 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
This blend of Pinot Grigio and Catarratto, indigenous Sicilian grapes, has fresh and fruity aromas of pear, green apple and white peach. The palate is crisp with a clean finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
BOLLA PROSECCO
Italy 226157 750 ml
Reg. $16.99
Now $14.99*
Appealing ripe fruit aromas on the nose with hints of apple, pear and peach follow through to a fresh and fruity palate. The fine streak of acidity injects freshness and length to the lively finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
REFRESHMENT
SOCIAL LITE PINEAPPLE MANGO 
Canada 232884 4 x 355 ml
Reg. $10.79
Now $9.79*
Fresh cut pineapple on the nose leads to pineapple with a hint of coconut and smooth mango aftertaste. This is made from natural ingredients, unsweetened and only 80 calories. It’s a crowd favourite.
BEER
STEAMWORKS PREMIUM CRAFT LAGER
Canada 175370 12 x 355 ml
Reg. $19.99
Now $17.99*
Appealing to both new and experienced craft beer drinkers alike, this craft lager was steam-brewed and deliberately aged to create an easy-drinking and flavourful beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SPIRIT
FIREBALL
Canada 642264 1.14 L
Reg. $32.49
Now $29.49*
Rumour has it Fireball was developed in the 1980’s after one the coldest winter in Canada. The smooth taste of whisky with the added kick of spicy cinnamon warms the senses. Try it in a hot beverage this season.

 

December 2018 Special Events and Tastings @ 39th and Cambie BC Liquor Store

Here is your official insider invitation to some of the upcoming in-store tastings and special events happening at our store as we kick off the holiday season!

RUFFINO ITALIAN WINE TASTING  
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 <this is close to December>
2:00-6:00 P.M.

Join us for a tasting event showcasing Ruffino Italian Wines to be paired with canapé style hor d’oeuvres.

Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon

Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon

CULMINA: PROPRIETOR IN-STORE TASTING
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07
3:00-7:00 P.M.

Don and Elaine Triggs, former owners of Jackson-Triggs and owners of Culmina Family Estate Winery, will host an in-store tasting, personally greeting and pouring products from the estate for guests.

BELVEDERE BESPOKE 1.75 IN-STORE ENGRAVING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 08
6:00-8:00 P.M.

Have your 1.75 litre bottle of Belvedere specially engraved just in time for the holiday season-a perfect personalized gift that will be cherished for years to come.

Masi Agricola – Component Wine Tasting at Marquis Wine Cellars

If you are a lover of Valpolicella wines, or want to learn more about them, buy your ticket to this fabulous event.  Details below.

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Masi Agricola is one of the most iconic and important wineries in Valpolicella, indeed in all of Italy, and they are constantly pioneering ways to showcase their wines to the public. While you may be familiar with their excellent Valpolicella, Ripasso (Campofiorin) and their Amarone, have you ever tasted the component parts of these wines by themselves?
Join us at Marquis Wine Cellars on Tuesday, October 30th as we host tasting that showcases both these finished wines and their indigenous grape varieties on their own. Masi Ambassador, James Bornn, will be on hand to lead the tasting and explain to you what goes into making the final wines. In all, between the component wines and the final product, you will get to sample 12 different wines, so you should come away with a much better appreciation for the bottled product. We may even throw in a bonus wine or two to sample. The wines will also be served alongside a selection of cheeses and cured meats designed to enhance the tasting experience.
This is educational tasting a rare chance to sample wines in their unfinished and finished forms. Space is limited to just 18 seats so do not delay in purchasing your tickets because the event will surely sell out quickly.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, by calling 604-684-0445 or in person at the store.
Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $49 per ticket inclusive of tax
Marquis Wine Cellars would like to thank Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants for the opportunity to host this tasting.

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!

December Wine and Whiskey Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

Make it merry this holiday season by enjoying a glass of your favourite bubbly, wine, spirits, or beer! Here is your inside track to some of BC Liquor Stores’ exciting holiday events! Whether you are picking out the perfect gift, hosting your own party, or simply enjoying the company of family and friends, BC Liquor Stores have something perfect for every occasion.

Share a wonderful experience while learning from our knowledgeable wine and spirits brand ambassadors by checking out our line up of sit down events! Make it a perfect gift and bonding moment with your special someone. Events are free unless otherwise specified. For ticketed events, quantities are limited so get yours now.

DECEMBER

39th & CAMBIE

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 2
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

DISCOVER THE EXTRAORDINARY WITH GREY GOOSE AND BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
Friday, December 8
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose. Carefully crafted gin and premium vodka are perfect for blending during your holiday celebrations!

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 9
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Tuesday, December 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING REGIONAL MALT COLLECTION
Wednesday, December 13
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore the very best single malts from their respective regions, Douglas Laing’s remarkable regional malts deliver the ultimate distillation of Scotland’s malt whisky regions. Taste through the Christmas Big Peat (2017 Edition), the Rock Oyster Sherry and the Scallywag Limited Edition bottlings.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

THE MACALLAN RARE CASK — BOTTLE STOPPER EVENT
Thursday, December 14
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Macallan Brand Ambassador, Dan Volway, for a unique whisky tasting and food pairing featuring 4 outstanding Macallan whiskies. A gift with purchase of a limited edition Macallan bottle stopper (valued at $60) will be available for guests who purchase a bottle of the Macallan Rare Cask during the event.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Experience the taste of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message

PARK ROYAL

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Friday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 9
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Experience the taste of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

SPARKLE AND ICE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with sparkle and ice in this elegant fine wine tasting experience. Specially selected hors d’oeuvres will be available to pair and there will be a live performance by the Armadillo String Quartet.

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 23
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

A Few Holiday Wine and Scotch Tasting at BC Liquor Stores

Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

39th & Cambie Liquor Store

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

GLENFIDDICH MASTERCLASS
Wednesday, November 22
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Glenfiddich’s National Brand Ambassador Beth Havers will guide guests through Glenfiddich’s maverick whisky making history and introduce them to the whiskies that are helping re-write the rule book – The Glenfiddich Experimental Series.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 9

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Tuesday, December 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING REGIONAL MALT COLLECTION
Wednesday, December 13
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore the very best single malts from their respective regions, Douglas Laing’s remarkable regional malts deliver the ultimate distillation of Scotland’s malt whisky regions. Taste through the Christmas Big Peat (2017 Edition), the Rock Oyster Sherry and the Scallywag Limited Edition bottlings.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

Park Royal Liquor Store

BALVENIE MASTERCLASS
Thursday, November 23
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Take a peek behind one of the most famous warehouses in Scotland and see where we keep the infamous TUN 1509 and some of our other most beloved expressions. Join Brand Ambassador, Jamie Johnson on this tutored journey through the heart of Speyside which has been thoughtfully paired with some local charcuterie and cheese.
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Friday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

For more information please visit www.bcliquorstores.com

Italian Excellent Quality Experience in Vancouver and More

Italian quality experience

Italian quality experience

To me, Italy is always known for quality products: food, wine, olive oil, cars, and more.  To help spread the word, a dual pronged approach is underway in Italy that crosses the oceans, and lands here in Vancouver.  The first is Expo Milano 2015, the Universal Exhibition that Milan will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015.  140 countries will participate to offer their technology related to guaranteeing healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone while not over taxing the planet.  The theme for the Expo is “Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life”.   It sounds very interesting and if I had a chance to go to Italy this year, I would make a point to visit the Expo.  You can read about the Expo at the italianqualityexperience.it website.

In addition to Expo 2015, “Ospitalita Italiana – Ristoranti Italiani nel Mondo” ( Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World ), promoted in part by all Chambers of Commerce in Italy, is underway to promote:

  • traditions of Italian food products and improve global culture of Italian food and wine
  • to enhance the image of authentic Italian restaurants abroad and to guarantee the quality standards
  • to create an international network of Italian restaurants and to support them in promoting Italian products of excellence.

We are fortunate to have a local restaurant, Federico’s Supper Club as being certified by this program.  In total there are 1700 authentic restaurants in the world.  You can tell that the restaurant is certified by a Golden Q trademark plaque at the restaurant.  How did Federico’s and the other restaurants become certified?  They had to meet these quality guidelines:

  • The restaurant must have at least one person able to relate with customers in Italian
  • The percentage of traditional Italian dishes and recipes should be at least 50% of the total number of dishes
  • The wine list must contain not les than 30% of Italian DOP/IGT wines
  • The restaurant must offer only DOP/IGT extra virgin olive oil of Italian origin or Italian extra virgin olive oil
  • The chef must be qualified for the preparation of dishes according to Italian recipes
  • The names of all courses in the menu must be available in the Italian language

To see the complete worldwide list of “Ospitalita Italiana”, visit www.10q.it.

I, and other media types, were invited to Federico’s Supper Club to taste some Italian dishes and enjoy some Italian wine to kick off Italian Hospitality – Italian Restaurants in the World and Expo Milan 2015.  Some exceptional Prosecco was brought in from Italy, as well as still red and white wines.  Federico’s made Arancini, mini pizza bites with anchovies and caramelized onions, and a real standout for me, which was smoked salmon and caramelized onions on a crostini.  I had never experienced such wonderful melding of flavours before.  I can highly recommend trying to make this yourself, or visiting Federico’s.  I am not sure if it is on their regular menu.  Enjoy a few pictures I took of the event, enjoy Italian food & wine, visit Federico’s, and visit Expo Milan 2015!

Astoria Corderie Valdobbiadene DOCG

Astoria Corderie Valdobbiadene DOCG

Beni di Batasiolo Langhe Rosso

Beni di Batasiolo Langhe Rosso

Arancini

Arancini

Smoked salmon with caramelized onions on crostini

Smoked salmon with caramelized onions on crostini

 

Nicli's Next Door

Visit Nicli’s Next Door to Enjoy Italian Tapas

Bill McCaig from Niclis Next Door introducing us to the restaurant

Bill McCaig from Nicli’s Next Door introducing us to the restaurant

In Spain, small plates of food are known as Tapas.  In Italy they also have small plates, but the name is different: Cicchetti.  Whether you prefer to say Cicchetti or Tapas, the food at Nicli’s Next Door is very good and they have an excellent wine list!  I was invited with a group of other food writers to try out Nicli’s Next Door, which is next door to Nicli Antica Pizzeria (at 62 E Cordova Street, Vancouver).

Nicli’s Next Door was conceived as a place for a small snack or drink, while you waited for a table to open at Nicli Antica Pizzeria, but the chefs, David Tozer and Keev Mah, really produced some fantastic Italian and Italian-inspired dishes, going beyond the small snack, so now you can enjoy a great meal with shared plates with your family or friends.

Our Dishes

We were treated to:

Cicchetti E Stuzzichini (smaller plates)

  • Cold pea and coppa soup, with creme fraiche mousse, and citrus preserve
  • Bruschetta, capecollo, bacon and leek jam, and arugula
  • Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce
  • “Not Scotch Egg”, made of Italian sausage, fior di latte, runny egg yolk, and smoked egg white aioli

Piccoli Piatti (larger plates for sharing)

  • Eggplant involtini, with house made ricotta, San Marzano tomato, lemon and thyme
  • Braised meatballs, with Marina sauce and house bread
  • Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree
  • Reginette with pork ragu napoletana and house bread

I enjoyed all the dishes.  The cold pea and coppa soup, came with the cold pea puree and the creme fraiche mousse separately which you mixed together.  Lovely citrus zing and lightness to this cold soup.

Cold pea and coppa soup with creme fraiche mousse and citrus preserve

Cold pea and coppa soup with creme fraiche mousse and citrus preserve

The bread that came with some of the dishes, btw, is all baked in-house.  It was all nice and crunchy.

The bruschetta had a leek jam that was so full of flavour together with nice smokiness from the bacon.

Bruschetta, capecollo bacon and leek jam and arugula

Bruschetta, capecollo bacon and leek jam and arugula

The arancini was quite large, and could almost be a meal in itself for small eaters. The pork ragu inside the arancini was full of savoury flavour.  One of my favourite dishes.

Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce

Arancini with pork ragu and San Marzano tomato sauce

The “Not Scotch Egg” was a play on scotch egg, with Italian ingredients.  The egg part, really had an egg yolk in the middle, but around it was wrapped the fior di latte. So you had cheesey, creamy goodness, together with the egg yolk and the seasonings from the Italian sausage.

Not Scotch Egg

Not Scotch Egg

A bit larger plate was the eggplant involtini, which had a thin slice of eggplant wrapped around the ricotta cheese, and served with the San Marzano tomato sauce and the lemon and thyme spices. This dish was light, fluffy and creamy.  An elegant dish.

Eggplant involtini

Eggplant involtini

More savoury goodness from the braised meatballs (made with beef and pork), with the Marinara sauce and house bread.  I liked the fennel in the meatballs and the bright flavour from the Marinara sauce.

Braised meatballs with Marina sauce

Braised meatballs with Marina sauce

For a bit more vegetables we tried the roasted Romanesco and Sunchoke puree, and sunchoke chips.  A Romanesco is a vegetable that is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli.

Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree

Roasted Romaneso and sunchoke puree

Our last dish was the reginette with pork ragu napoletana. Reginette are strips of pasta with wavy edges.  To this you add a nice pork ragu sauce, and enjoy.

Reginette with pork ragu napoletana

Reginette with pork ragu napoletana

Wine List

I mentioned that Nicli’s Next Door has a very nice selection of wines, all by the glass, and all Italian.  For some at our table, the short wine list was a bit intimidating, but the list is broken down into a few categories to help you choose: Rustic, Lively, Elegant, Complex, Rose, Sparkling, and House.  If you can’t make a choice, they also have 3 different flights of wine you can try, with each flight having 3 different wines.  I had a glass of the “Elegant” Brancaia Tre Sangiovese blend di Toscana.  I chose it as it would be lighter bodied with a good balance of acidity and fruit flavours, and soft tannins, which should pair nicely with most Italian dishes at the restaurant, and I was right.  Enjoy!

Tricolore flight of wines

Tricolore flight of wines