Provence Marinaside Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit

If you have ever eaten at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and crave to enjoy their food again during the COVID-19 crisis, why not let them help you cook their dishes?  Here is their latest announcement. Bon Appetit!

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Provence Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit
 
(Vancouver, BC) – Since we are all at home self-isolating, why not take the time to hone your cooking skills? Starting this Thursday (March 26), you can cook some of Provence Marinaside’s iconic Provençal dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.
 
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kit consists of the recipe for the selected dish of the week plus enough ingredients to make two servings. The kit also includes half a French baguette.  Each week Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia will post a demo video to Provence’s website of the selected dish and Wine Director Joshua Carlson will suggest a wine pairing to complement the dish which can be ordered to accompany the kit for an additional fee. Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Takeout Menu of prepared dishes. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
 
This week’s dish is Prawns Provençal.  For an additional $35, you may wish to add a bottle of Upper Bench Chardonnay 2018 The Prawns Provençal kit will be available this Thursday through Sunday, March 29 with a new kit available on Monday, March 30. 
Bon Appetit!

Spring Dinners and Events at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

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2020 LONG TABLE DINNERS & EVENT RECEPTIONS

As we anxiously await for the end of winter dormancy in the vineyard, we are excited to release our new long table wine dinners and reception event series for the upcoming spring & summer season.  
Our long table dinner series is the epitome of any Okanagan wine and culinary experience. These coveted events book out quickly, so we are delighted to offer you the chance to reserve your next unforgettable experience today.
 
 
 
EARTH DAY DINNER
Wednesday, April 22
$159 +tax & grat
Join Winemaker, Corrie Krehbiel and Executive Chef, Patrick Gayler in celebrating Earth Day at Mission Hill. Throughout the spectacular four-course, wine-paired dinner, Corrie will discuss the importance and the challenges of our organic viticulture practices, while Chef Patrick will speak to his philosophy and commitment to sourcing only local, sustainable, and organic products.
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BC WINE LOVERS COOKBOOK LAUNCH
Saturday, April 25
$189 +tax & grat
Join the Winemakers of MARTIN’S LANE WINERY, CHECKMATE ARTISANAL WINERY, CEDARCREEK ESTATE WINERY & MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE, as they share the secrets to their favourite recipes. This five-course meal, featuring dishes paired with the wines they crafted, is an opportunity that can’t be missed. Acclaimed author, Jennifer Schell, will host the dinner, sharing the stories of this remarkable region and providing signed copies of her BC Wine Lovers Cookbook.
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SPRING WINEMAKERS DINNER
Saturday, May 2

$179 + tax & grat

Mission Hill Family Estate presents an evening to celebrate the arrival of spring flavours. Join us for a welcome reception with live music and canapes. Meet and mingle with our winemakers and viticulturists, learning more about spring in our vineyards and at the winery. Then, enjoy a decadent, five-course wine-paired dinner, seated in our elegant visitor’s centre.
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MOTHERS DAY
LONG TABLE LUNCH
Sunday, May 10

$109 + tax and grat

This Mother’s Day celebrate with a spectacular, long table lunch seated in our stunning outdoor Loggia. Your experience begins with a pre-lunch reception, featuring our Exhilaration Sparkling Rosé.  Chef Adam Vaughan and his culinary team will then prepare an unforgettable, three-course lunch, paired with wines hand-picked by our Sommelier. Treat the mom in your life to a lovely day in Okanagan wine country.
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SPRING FARM-TO-TABLE LUNCH
Sunday, May 24

$109 + tax and grat

Join us for an al fresco lunch featuring Jordan Marr, owner of Unearthed Farms, a certified organic farm based in Kelowna. Chef Patrick Gayler and his culinary team will prepare a spectacular three-course meal, highlighting these fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Each dish will be paired with our new Spring release – crisp, balanced, and exciting wines to celebrate the season’s harvest.
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FATHER’S DAY ‘BIG REDS’
LONG TABLE DINNER

Sunday, June 21
$159 + tax and grat

Celebrate Father’s Day with our biggest and boldest long table dinner yet. Our culinary team will prepare a four-course dinner featuring a main course of mouth-watering meats straight from the BBQ. Each course will be paired with one of our big reds, to complement the bold flavours in the dish. A Father’s Day treat
he won’t soon forget.
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CANADA DAY DINNER
Wednesday, July 1

$179 + tax and grat

Celebrate Canada Day with the 2019 Canadian Winery of the Year. The evening will feature a selection of our aromatic, summer wines, paired impeccably with a four-course meal that is a true reflection and celebration of Canadian food
and wine.
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HARVEST LONG TABLE DINNER
Saturday, August 29

$159 + tax and grat

We invite you to celebrate the start of the harvest with an evening of spectacular wine and culinary creations, inspired by the season. Enjoy a wine reception and a four-course, wine-paired meal showcasing the best of the season’s harvest.
A truly exciting time to dine at
Mission Hill Family Estate.
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BC Liquor Stores December Special Events

Wine, beer and spirits are always welcome for the holidays.  Here are the December specials from BC Liquor stores.  Wow, there are lots to enjoy!

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BC Liquor Stores e-news

Celebrate the holidays with BC Liquor Stores! Give a unique gift this season with tickets to one of our educational whisky seminars. Learn about brands such as The Dalmore and GlenAllachieLimited tickets available.

Check out our Japanese Whisky Collectables release tomorrow for some rare high-end single malts and collector limited edition whiskies.

Take advantage of our bottle engraving and custom label printing events to add a personalized touch to your gifts.

Can’t decide on what to pour for your holiday entertaining? Drop by our stores and try something new from our complimentary tastings below. You can also pick up a copy of the Holiday issue of TASTE Magazine.

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.
December 11 – Holiday Gift Guide (in TASTE Magazine)
December 18 – Sparkling Wine

JAPANESE WHISKY COLLECTABLES
Thursday, December 12
8:00 pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
A selection of premium Japanese Collector whiskies, exclusive to BC Liquor Stores, will be released on December 12th. The collection features high-end single malts, rare single casks and collector limited editions, from two well-known Japanese distilleries, Nikka and Chichibu. The entire collection will be released at our 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store. A small quantity will be available at our Richmond Brighouse Signature BC Liquor Store on December 13th at 7:00 p.m. Bottle restrictions apply. Details will be posted on the BCLS website soon.

NIKKA WHISKY TASTING
Friday, December 13
4:00-7:00 pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Join us for a special tasting of Nikka whiskies including one very special age statement single malt, exclusive to BC Liquor Stores. Learn about the Japanese whisky collectables in this casual style complimentary tasting event.

THE SINGLE MALT EXPERIENCE
Friday, December 13 – Glenfiddich
Friday, December 20 – Balvenie
5:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join Scotch Ambassador Joel Virginillo in an educational tasting experience featuring Single Malts such as the Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Ledaig, Bunnahbain, Deanston, Glenglassaugh, BenRiach, Lambay, and GlenDronach. Learn about each of these brands as we focus on one distillery per week. Receive a gift with your purchase. A wrapping service will also be available for guests who purchase a single malt over $100 from the portfolio – a perfect gift for the holidays!

SANTA TERESA 1796 HOLIDAY CUSTOM LABELING
Saturday, December 14
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Friday, December 20
3:00pm to 5:00pm | KELOWNA ORCHARD PARK
This holiday, celebrate the giving season with a personalized bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum. Sample the super premium blend of rums aged between 4-35 years using the ancient solera method while your taster prints and applies a personalized label for you in seconds. While you wait, feel free to enjoy a curated dark chocolate pairing selected exclusively for Santa Teresa 1796 rum.

HENNESSY BOTTLE ENGRAVING
Friday, December 13
3:00pm to 7:00pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Saturday, December 14
1:00pm to 5:00pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Give the perfect gift this holiday season with a custom engraved Hennessy XO. With the purchase of a 375ml or 750ml Hennessy XO, we’re offering customers the opportunity to personalize their bottle — a great gift that will be cherished for years to come.

THE PERFECT GIFT, PERSONALIZED
Saturday, December 14
12:00pm to 3:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Add a personal touch to your gifting this holliday season using our satin ribbon, overlaid with a personal message. Purchase the Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Beringer Knights Valley, Stag’s Leap Petit Sirah, and the Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for the perfect gift, personalized.

ICONIC WINERIES OF BC
Sunday, December 15
2:00pm to 6:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Explore the iconic wineries of BC this holiday season. For one afternoon only, winery representatives from Mission Hill, Cedarcreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, and Road 13 will be in Vancouver to showcase the science, craftsmanship and terroir that make Okanagan so extraordinary.

GLENALLACHIE TASTING WITH JAMES BORNN
Wednesday, December 18
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Come and join James Bornn, Fine Wine and Spirit Ambassador, for an exclusive chance to taste the GlenAllachie Wood Finishes whiskies. Tickets are $15

CELEBRATE WITH THE GIFT OF THE DALMORE
Thursday, December 19
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
From Dalmore 12 to our newest addition within the Dalmore family, The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve, guests will have the opportunity to taste and compare the different scotches and really get a sense of the craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of Dalmore. Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist will host the tasting. Tickets are $35

A GRAND GIFT WITH GRAND MARNIER
Friday, December 20
Friday, December 27
4:00pm to 8:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Saturday, December 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
4:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
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 this holiday season.

BAILEYS TREAT BAR
Saturday, December 21
Sunday, December 22
12:00pm to 5:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Drop by the Baileys Treat Bar – a space where you can create your own Baileys delights. Come in for an always-photogenic, ever-so slightly over-the-top adult indulgence.

DINE OUT VANCOUVER 2019 Festival Event Tickets AVAILABLE NOW

Dine Out Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 20, 2018): Get your stretchy pants ready! Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s event tickets are now available for purchase. Complementing the prix fixe menus at over 300 participating restaurants which launch January 7, 2019, culinary enthusiasts can choose from a range of unique culinary events happening between January 18 and February 3, 2019.

Brand-new for Season 17 is the Bauhaus Stammtisch, presented by Bauhaus Restaurant from January 20 – 24. Inspired by Chef Tim Schulte’s childhood memories of family dinners in Germany, guests will enjoy a delicious 4-course menu at a family style long table, with the option to add a BC and German wine pairing.

Also new is the Painted Rock Estate Winemakers Dinner, presented by Tuc Craft Kitchen and Painted Rock Estate. For one night only, John Skinner of Painted Rock Estate Winery will host a 4-course Pacific Northwest dinner, paired with some of BC’s best wines from his award-winning winery.

Learn more about Vancouver’s historic Downtown Eastside and rich culture at the Save on Meats Experience. Indulge in a special 3-course menu based on diner classics while learning more about the positive impact the diner has within the city.  

Take your pick of two new events, presented by YEW Seafood + Bar. At Vive La Vodka, enjoy a vodka tasting, oyster shucking session, martini and oyster pairing, small plates, and a preview of YEW’s soon-to-launch cocktail program. At Sweet + Simple, treat your sweet tooth while learning to make three delicious desserts: a chocolate souffle, macaron, and the Chef’s favourite seasonal dessert.

Returning favourites include Taste of the Market at Lonsdale Quay, a tasting tour through North Vancouver’s public market including craft beer, fresh seafood, artisan cheese and more; the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Pop-up, serving delicious sustainably-sourced seafood dishes from Chef Ned Bell and team; Fanny Bay Oyster Bar’s Get Shucked Up, where guests will learn to shuck oysters from the experts; Maime Taylor’s Low Country Pig Roast, featuring a Southern-inspired, three-course long-table dinner, complete with a whole roasted sucking pig; and back by popular demand, don’t miss the opportunity to grab tickets for the Secret Supper Soiree. Be sure to check the Culinary Events calendar for even more exciting events, including a range of unique culinary tours, and the return of Street Food City from January 21 – 27 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.

It wouldn’t be Dine Out Vancouver Festival without the ever-popular Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan. 2019 will welcome renowned chefs from international culinary hubs to produce a series of five collaborative dinners. Guests can expect carefully crafted tastes by featured chefs from Sydney, London, Montreal, San Diego, and Dusseldorf. Also returning is the Grand Tasting, which will kick-off the festival the Thursday night before on January 17 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This opening event will feature multiple restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, and BC VQA wineries. Proceeds will benefit the BC Hospitality FoundationDine Out Vancouver’s official charitable partner.

Tickets for all events are available now starting at $31.55, so please your palate and purchase your tickets at dineoutvancouver.com/events.

Travelling to Dine Out Vancouver Festival from near or far? Take advantage of Air Canada’s 15 percent off discount code on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights for all Canadian and select U.S. cities to Vancouver (use promo code DINEOUT2019). Participating hotels are offering special hotel rates starting at $89 CAD per night, plus a selection of “Dine and Stay” packages.

Key Dine Out Vancouver Festival Dates:

November 20, 2018 – Event tickets on sale at dineoutvancouver.com
January 7, 2019 – Aeroplan exclusive: The list of Dine Out restaurants and menus is made available to Aeroplan members, giving them a three-day jump start on securing a table through advance reservations. To get this perk, sign up for Aeroplan now.
January 10, 2019 – Reservations open and menus available at dineoutvancouver.com
January 17, 2019 – Opening night of the festival at the Grand Tasting at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, open to the public. Early-bird tickets are $89.00.
January 18, 2019 – Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins – dig in!
January 21 – 27, 2019 – Check out Vancouver’s favourite food trucks at Street Food City.

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About Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 300-plus restaurants (at $15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, BC VQA wines, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out‘s premier partner is Aeroplan; festival partner is the Wines of British Columbia; and preferred partners include Air Canada, OpenTable, Star Metro Vancouver, The Westin Bayshore, The Georgia StraightVancouver magazine, and Where magazine. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019 runs from January 18 to February 3.
dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

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.

Wine Pairing Dinner with JoieFarm Winery April 16th at Edible Canada

Join Edible Caanada on April 16th, 2018 as we’ll be hosting a five-course dinner to celebrate the coming of Spring. This evening boasts a perfectly curated menu from our Culinary Director Tobias Grignon paired with award-winning wines by Heidi Noble, the owner and Executive Winemaker at JoieFarm Winery.

Crabs and braised Radish, Lamb Carpaccio, Duck Liver, and Steelhead with Stinging Nettles are some of the items you will be able to try accompanied by a selection of 4 of Joie’s wines and an Apricot dessert wine from Elephant Island, a fruit winery on the Naramata Bench.

Joie’s wines (particularly their fragrant whites) are renowned for drinking during the Springtime. Their farm works exclusively with grape varieties of Alsace, Burgundy, and Champagne and has joined the league of Canada’s top wineries over the past years, winning the Georgia Straight’s Best Winery for White Wines Award in 2016, and the Silver Medal in 2017 for Cascadia Wine Awards.

This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the best that BC has to offer!

$97 – All inclusive
The food menu, wines, gratuities, and taxes are included in this price.

BUY TICKET HERE

Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine + Alberta Food @ Edible Canada Feb 22

Farm Friends BC Wine and AB Food event

Farm Friends BC Wine and AB Food event

Join BC wineries at Edible Canada for a stand-up grazing event pairing BC wine and Alberta food. In light of the recent boycott on the importation of BC wine to Alberta, we encourage the food and wine community to come together in a show of support for BC wineries and Alberta food.

Participating wineries include 50th Parallel Estate WineryCulmina Family Estate WineryHaywireLiquidityPainted Rock Estate WineryPoplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery as well as Mireille Sauvé with the Dames Wine project. Winery principals will be on hand to showcase their wines and talk to guests and celebrate the gains that the industry has made over the past two decades.

Wines will be showcased along with Alberta foods such as beef and bison made by Edible Canada and guest chefs.

All proceeds will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

DATE AND TIME

Thu, 22 February 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

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LOCATION

Edible Canada

1596 Johnston Street

Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

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You can buy your tickets at this link.

Road 13 Vineyards Celebrate Awards, Christmas, and Ned Bell

Road 13 Vineyards has been having a great season, winning awards, preparing their Advent Wine Calendar, and pairing their wines with Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook.  Below is the latest news about these items directly from Road 13 Vineyards.  Enjoy!

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 Road 13 Vineyards saw another busy summer season of wine-loving tourists and locals through their Golden Mile Bench tasting room. With a number of wines in the portfolio currently sold out and a bounty of awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards and Wine Align National Wine Awards – it’s safe to say the Oliver based vineyard has had a successful few months.
Road 13 Vineyards collects a bounty of wine awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards at the Okanagan Wine Festivals:
Gold – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Marsanne
Silver – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Gamay Noir
Road 13 Vineyards 2014 Jackpot Petit Verdot
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Seventy-Four K
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Bronze – Road 13 Vineyards 2012 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2015 Roussanne 2016 VRM White Blend
These awards come hot on the heels of  Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2017 which awarded Road 13 Vineyards as the Best Winery in BC and #4 in Canada – Road 13 has been named Top 10 Winery nine years in a row. Thirteen medals were awarded in the categories of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Notes from the Harvest:

The vintage started out cool and wet, but quickly changed to hot and dry. These conditions produced tiny berries which result in concentrated fruit flavours and a low yield. The smoke from the forest fires this past summer helped to keep temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius allowing the vines to keep ripening grapes, rather than shutting down to conserve energy. The quality of the grapes coming in from the harvest has been excellent and it is looking like another great vintage.
Holiday Gifting:

Wine Advent Calendar 

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the wine lover on your list. Countdown the 12 days of Christmas with Road 13. The winery has a limited number of wine advent calendars available as of November 20th for $335 plus tax. Packaged in mid-summer to ensure a great selection of bottles, the wine calendar includes 12 bottles with many long sold out.  For an added surprised, there are three different.

*Additional shipping cost of $20 beyond BC and AB
 
The Platinum Pack
For a gift that sparkles, Road 13 is releasing its first ever Platinum six-pack. This is a wonderful gift for the wine collection and is a tribute to the winery’s platinum ranked, award-winning library wines. The Platinum Pack includes one bottle of each of the following and a collectors wooden box: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2011 Syrah Malbec, 2013 Syrah Malbec, 2013 GSM, 2014 Syrah Mourvedre, and 2014 Similikameen Collective GSM. These wines are only available in the Platinum Pack and Road 13 is the only winery to have won enough consecutive Platinum Medals to offer this limited edition collector’s item. The Platinum Pack is available for order starting November 20th for $599 plus tax, shipping is included in BC & Alberta; $20 flat fee to the rest of Canada.
Contact the winery directly to order the advent calendar and Platinum Pack starting November 20th at 1.250.498.8330. Images can be found here
For a gift that keeps on giving, loyal Road 13 Vineyard enthusiasts are invited to join Club 13 – a wine club that sees three shipments of six bottles per year (March, July and November). Wine loving members enjoy extra perks of a 10 percent discount on all wine purchases, events and logo’d merchandise, free shipping on full case orders, complimentary tours with a member of the Luckhurst family, free tastings for up to four people in the Castle tasting room, exclusive access to limited release wines, advanced notice and access to all wines. Click here to join today!
Upcoming Events at Road 13 Vineyards:

Winter in Wine Country – November 24 -26 | 11am – 4pm

Join Road 13 during the Oliver – Osoyoos Tourism Association’s Winter in Wine Country Festival. Events include the annual Oliver community light up and fireworks, plus festival of trees. Visitors to Road 13 will enjoy holiday specials on merchandise – perfect for stocking stuffers, complimentary wine tastings, and a selection of library wines available for sale.

Class in a Glass: paint pARTy – Saturday, November 25 | 1pm to 4pm 

Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a afternoon of painting featuring one of her original art pieces. Tickets to this popular class include all materials, a glass of wine and an apron. This event is a regular sell-out so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Road 13 Vineyards Wine Paring Recipe from Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook 

With the busy holiday season around the corner – Ned Bell’s roasted scallop recipe from his recently launched Lure Cookbook wows guests and is a party favourite every time. Pair with the award-winning Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Honest John’s White. Aromas of green apple, pears and lime whisks you away from winter outside to a tropical locale – if only for a bite or two. Try it at home.
Roasted Scallops with Grapefruit, Brown Butter and Thyme
Ingredients:
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme or rosemary
1 grapefruit
12 Weathervane scallops
sea salt and pepper
1 bunch watercress, stems removed
Method:
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add thyme. Allow butter to gently simmer for 5 minutes or until milk solids turn golden brown and fall to the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, cut and peel the grapefruit. Working over a bowl, cut between the membranes to remove the segments and let them fall into the bowl. Squeeze the membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding.
If the abductor muscle (a little flap) is still on the side of the scallops, remove it. Heat skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 tbsp of the brown butter. Pat the scallops dry and add to the pan, making sure not to crowd them. Allow to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes or until browned. Season with salt and pepper, flip the scallops and add remaining brown butter. Add 2 tbsp of grapefruit juice. Allow scallops to sear for an additional 2 minutes, basting them with liquid in the pan.
Serve:
Divide the watercress among four plates. Set the scallops on top and garnish with grapefruit segments. Drizzle with the pan sauce and sprinkle with sea salt.
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About Road 13 Vineyards:
Road 13 Vineyards is a family affair, owned and operated by the passionate Luckhurst family. Located in Canada’s only desert on the Okanagan Valley’s sun baked Golden Mile Bench, a unique sub-region that lies south of Oliver on an east-facing bench backed by gentle mountains.
The winery credits their successes to the unique soil and growing conditions found in the vineyards that allows grapes to thrive. Road 13’s motto – it’s all about the dirt– reflects this tribute. The winery receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red, rosé and sparkling varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. In 2017, Road 13 Vineyards took fourth place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past nine years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic while enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver-Osoyoos Wine Country.

For more information visit road13vineyards.com or visit socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

First Annual Art and Wine in the Vines

On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines.  Here is the press release for this interesting event.  Enjoy!

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Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity WinesNoble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.

Open to guests of all ages, Art & Wine in the Vines

features a colourful roster of events intended to connect people with artists, vintners and culinary purveyors from the Okanagan Valley. The art walk event allows attendees to wander freely between the adjoining Liquidity Wines and Noble Ridge Winery vineyards and participate in festivities occurring at both sites; alternatively, guests can hop aboard a shuttle connecting the vineyards (the shuttle will run at regular intervals throughout the weekend). Along the art walk path, artists will demonstrate plein air painting and lead interactive tutorials (11am to 4pm; times vary by artist) while wine-tasting stations will keep guests refreshed. Tickets cost $15, and include art walk admission as well as wine tastings, a commemorative glass and shuttle access. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liquidity website.
Vancouver based sculptor Marie Khouri will be presenting an exclusive lecture on Saturday the 15. During the lecture, Khouri will share insight into her process, artistic practice and personal history, including the influence of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots. Though at this time the event is fully booked, art aficionados are encouraged to include their names on a wait list by calling 778-515-5500, ext 2, or emailing info@liquiditywines.com.

Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at  Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.

Summer is Fun at Road 13 Vineyards

I received this press release from Road 13 Vineyards about their new wine releases and all the fun you can have at their tasting room if you venture to the south Okanagan to see them.  It looks like a lot of fun.  Give it a read and go have some fun this summer.

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Oliver, B.C. With the arrival of those long, hot summer days here at
Road 13 Vineyard it’s an exciting time to celebrate our newly released vintages. The warmer weather brings the season for wine tripping, leisurely al fresco lunches, lakeside picnics and of course, a chilled out glass of fRose™ on Road 13’s sunny patio overlooking the Okanagan Valley.

The team at Road 13 Vineyards is excited to launch new vintages of 2016 Marsanne, 2015 Syrah Malbec and 2015 Syrah. The 2016 Marsanne is  a perfect summer sippers with favours that are complimentary to the wonderful round texture in this white wine. The overall impression of the 2015 Syrah is of a rich, complex wine of distinction, one with excellent structure and a purity of expression that is unmistakably ‘BC Syrah’. Meanwhile the 2015 Syrah Malbec is a strong bold red that is dark and dense in colour and pairs very well with various meats and cheeses.
Bottle shots and tasting notes for the above wines are available here
Road 13’s extreamly popular fRose™ – a pink wine slushie, perfect for hot Okanagan summer days, can be found in the lounge and includes a GoVino wine glass to keep. Joe Luckhurst coined the word fRose™ while pining for an ultra cold glass of Honest John’s Rosè on the patio after a long summer’s day at the winery. The Luckhursts’ perfect recipe came with a bit of trial and error and a few willing friends – needless to say it is now a hit that has hit patios across North America for which Luckhurst owns the registered trademark.

Visitors to Road 13 Vineyards can enjoy tastings in The Castle, a legacy of the winery’s former owners, or the Executive Lounge, a contemporary view-centric space where guests can enjoy a sit-down tasting of the entire Road 13 Vineyards portfolio accompanied by charcuterie boards that includes a selection of meats, cheese, condiments, crackers and bread.

Fans of “breakfast wine” or those guests wanting to beat the summer rush will like Road 13 Vineyards’ ‘Start Your Day‘ tour. The $25 tour begins at 9:30am and includes a tour of the sparkling cave and barrel room followed by a tasting in the lounge with fresh baked pastries.

Looking to add a little sparkle to your day? Guests can visit the ‘Sparkling Cave

with a tour that departs daily at 11am. Learn the traditional method of sparkling winemaking while sipping on Road 13’s ultra popular Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The $40 tour also includes the barrel cellar and an Executive Lounge tasting complete with charcuterie board.
Click here for reservations and full tour information. Tours must be booked in advance.

There’s so much Happening this Summer at Road 13 Vineyards: 

July 1 Afternoon Canada Day BBQ

Canada’s 100th birthday is almost here! Stop in to Road 13 Vineyards for

a glass (or bottle) of Road 13 wine with lamb kofta, veggie pakora and tacos by the Vagabond Kitchen food truck. Drop in to the casual event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Club members and one guest are complimentary.
Class in Glass: paint pARTy
July 6, August 3 & October 2, 2017 | 6:30pm
Join Road 13 for an evening of painting and wine-ing! Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a evening of painting featuring one of her orignal art pieces.  Tickets are $55 each and include all materials and a glass of wine. Class starts promptly at 6:30pm. Additional wine & charcuterie available to purchase.
Culinary Workshop & Dinner
July 20,  August 17 & October 5, 2017 | 4:00pm
Join Road 13 at Backyard Farm for three cooking workshops with Chef Chris Van Hooydonk where guests will help prepare a three-course dinner to be enjoyed later that evening. Each course will be paired with Road 13 wines. Guests can choose from the hands-on culinary workshop or dinner only, seating for both is limited.  Click here to for more information and to book.
$120/workshop & dinner ticket or $85/dinner only
Road 13 Dinner
July 22 &  August 12 | 6:15pm
Join Road 13 Vineyard originals, Pam & Mick Luckhurst for a fun four-course meal at the winery. Backyard Farm’s Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s summer feast is priced at $135 and includes Road 13 wines deliciously teamed up with each course.  Book here.
Proprietor’s Dinner – Fall Wine Festival
September 30 &  October 6, 2017 | 6:15pm
This early fall event sells out every year so book early to avoid disappointment.  With the can’t lose combination of Luckhurst and Van Hooydonk, Pam and Mick will be serving up new fall vintages with seasonal Okanagan ingredients  prepared by Backyard Farm.  This four-course is $135 and can be booked here, with an optional shuttle add on.
Christmas in July – Road 13 Vineyards Wine Advent: 
Holiday Gift Guide planning is soon to be in full swing. Road 13 is offering a short cut to the wine lover’s heart during the holiday season with an advent calendar featuring a hand-wrapped selection of the Luckhurst family’s favourite treats. Road 13 Vineyard’s “12 Days of Christmas” will begin on December 13 with a dozen days of delight counting down Santa’s arrival. Advent calendars can be ordered online or by calling 250.498.8330 starting in November.
Upgrade your Road 13 Advent Calendar for an additional $75 to include the Road 13 Wine Check – a safe and convenient way to transport up to 12 bottles of wine. Shipping is free to addresses in British Columbia and Alberta or just $20 to other major centres in Canada. Each calendar features a mix of red and white wines.*

About Road 13 Vineyards:

Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC. The winery has a short yet colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red and rosé varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. Accolades continue to pour in for Road 13 Vineyards who claim the success is “All About the Dirt.” In 2016, Road 13 Vineyards took third place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past eight years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic whilst enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver- Osoyoos Wine Country.

For more information visit road13vineyards.com or visit socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram