Spring Winemaker’s Dinner With Howling Bluff May 15

Do you like BC wine?  Have you ever attended a BC Wine Appreciation Society event, such as this excellent sounding winemaker’s dinner with Howling Bluff?  The menu and wines look fantastic.  Check it out and sign up if you are salivating.

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BCWASThe BCWAS is delighted to announce our 2017 spring dinner! This dinner is all about the awards. Glowbal at Telus Garden has won awards for architecture and design as well as – importantly – the food. We think it will be a great place to host owner Luke Smith of Howling Bluff Estate Winery. Luke has won too many wine awards to mention here: in addition to two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, he’s also garnered several Gold medals in Canadian and international competitions. Join us as we beat the winter blues! (After this winter, the blues will take a lot of beating!)

The Chef at Glowbal Telus Garden has crafted a menu especially for us:

Hamachi Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted Lamb Loin
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Charred Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast
Spring Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Slow Cooked Beef Tenderloin
Crispy Bone Marrow, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Baby Spinach, Cherry Bordelaise Sauce
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Seared Foie Gras, Dark Chocolate, Rye Cake, Beet Root
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Alternatively, for vegetarians we have something special as well:

Truffled Arancini
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted BC Mushrooms
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Peas & Carrots”
Spring Peas, Slow Cooked Baby Carrots, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Creamed Spinach, Crispy Walnuts, Soubise
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Sorbet Trio
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 6:30pm (please arrive earlier to be seated)
Place: Glowbal at Telus Garden, 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $159 Members / $174 Guests via Interac e-transfer to info@bcwas.com
OR $165 Members / $180 Guests via Paypal (below)
​Important things to note:There will be pre-arranged seating at this dinner. When you sign-up, e-mail us at info@bcwas.com and let us know your chosen dinner companions, and we will do our best to fit everyone in.​

Members $165.00 CAD
Non-Members $180.00 CAD

​Alternatively, cheques can be mailed to: BC Wine Appreciation SocietyPO Box 48912 Bentall Station, Vancouver, BC  V7X 1A8 ​  (Note: Receipt of your payment is required to hold your seat – please notify us by e-mail if you are mailing a cheque.)

2017/2018 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2018. Only $40 for more than a year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at membership@bcwas.com

Please note – there are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home: take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

Abbotsford Harvest Dinner setting at Mt Lehman Winery

Abbotsford Harvest Dinner – Wine, Beer, Main Dishes and Dessert

Circle Farm TourMany of us aspire to the 100 mile diet.  Keeping our food local.  Supporting our farmers.  But here in Vancouver, have you considered that those farmers, might be a 30-45 minute drive away in Abbotsford, in the Fraser Valley?  I was invited as part of the Circle Farm Tour to experience an Abbotsford Harvest Dinner, and was pleasantly surprised by the bounty of food, wine and beer that is available.

The dinner starting with chatting and sampling local beer from Ravens Brewing Company.  This brewery just opened earlier this year and collaborates with local growers and suppliers to craft artisan beer.  I tried their English Dark Mild.  It was indeed dark, with a charcoal and dark malt flavour to it, but not too heavy, so that you can enjoy more food and wine.

The dishes we enjoyed were:

  • Campbell’s Gold honey roasted, local delicata squash with pumpkin seeds, Abbotsford goat cheese from Mt. Lehman Cheese (appetizer)
  • Maple Hills Farm’s chicken roulade with creamy polenta and kale chips (appetizer)
  • Lepp Farm Market’s pork loin wrapped in bacon with savory shallot and plum marmalade (entree)
  • Yarrow Meadows’ duck breast with balsamic pearl onions (entree)
  • Roasted local beets and parsnips (entree)
  • Organic Fraser Valley rice risotto with roasted shiitake mushrooms (entree)
  • Birchwood Dairy’s vanilla ice cream topped with Gojoy Berries’ goji berry compote (dessert)
  • Onnink’s chocolate blueberry bonbons (dessert)

I must say that it was nice to meet, or have the farmers from Abbotsford introduce themselves to us as we sat at a beautifully set table in the barrel room of Mt. Lehman Winery.  Thanks also to Chef Jeff Massey from Restaurant 62 who prepared all these dishes for us.

The farmers supplying our food and drink are:

The dishes come from fresh ingredients from the vegetables, to the pork, chicken and duck.  A few standout dishes for me were first the honey roasted local delicata squash with pumpkin seeds and goat cheese.  Creamy sweetness from the squash, with creaminess from the cheese and a bit of crunch from the pumpkin seeds.  The Lepp Farm Market’s pork loin wrapped in bacon was also outstanding for me.  The bacon comes from Lepp, and is smoked by them.  No artificially aged bacon here.  The flavour of the bacon was really outstanding and makes you think about the industrial bacon you buy in grocery stores.  No comparison.  If you have never tried roasted beets, give them a try.  I really like the earthiness of the beets.  And the blueberry bonbons are also a very tasty way to end dessert.  Good quality chocolate mixed with blueberries.  You cannot go wrong with this combination.  All the dishes were very good, and I present to you pictures of these dishes for your visual consumption below.  If any of this food or wine sparks your interest, drive out to Abbotsford and buy from these farmers.

I must especially thank winery owner Vern Siemens for opening bottles of every white and red wine I think they make, for us to experiment and pair with all the dishes at our Abbotsford Harvest dinner.  I in particular liked Mt. Lehman’s Pinot Noir and Unoaked Chardonnay, and felt they made good pairings with many dishes.

Mt Lehman Unoaked Chardonnay Pinot Gris Pinot Noir and Merlot Reserve wines

Mt Lehman Unoaked Chardonnay Pinot Gris Pinot Noir and Merlot Reserve wines

Ravens Brewing Company English Dark Mild beer

Ravens Brewing Company English Dark Mild beer

Campbells Gold honey roasted local delicata squash with pumpkin seeds, Abbotsford goat cheese from Mt Lehman Cheese

Campbell’s Gold honey roasted local delicata squash with pumpkin seeds, Abbotsford goat cheese from Mt Lehman Cheese

Maple Hills Farm's chicken roulade with creamy polenta and kale chips

Maple Hills Farm’s chicken roulade with creamy polenta and kale chips

Roasted local beets and parsnips

Roasted local beets and parsnips

Yarrow Meadows' duck breast with balsamic pearl onions

Yarrow Meadows’ duck breast with balsamic pearl onions

Organic Fraser Valley rice risotto with roasted shiitake mushrooms

Organic Fraser Valley rice risotto with roasted shiitake mushrooms

Lepp Farm Market's pork loin wrapped in bacon with savory shallot and plum marmalade

Lepp Farm Market’s pork loin wrapped in bacon with savory shallot and plum marmalade

Birchwood Dairy's vanilla ice cream topped with Gojoy Berries' goji berry compote

Birchwood Dairy’s vanilla ice cream topped with Gojoy Berries’ goji berry compote

 

BC Wine Appreciation Society Summer Walkabout – Get Your Tickets

Come join us on Friday July 17 for a casual, festival-style Call Out To Summer.

BC Wine Appreciation Society logoWe’ve called out to summer, and summer has answered us! What better way to keep enjoying the long warm days than an evening with wine, food, and a bunch of other like-minded BC wine lovers?

We’ll open up the patio doors, and we can toast our beautiful waterfront view with some of the best of what our province has to offer.  Even better – it’s a Friday night, so you don’t have to get up and go to work the next day!

Wines being poured include:

2013 Bella Sparkling Gamay

2013 Church & State Trebella

2013 Howling Bluff Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon

2013 Corcelettes Trivium

2014 Samantha Chardonnay

2013 Red Rooster Reserve Rosé

2013 Hugging Tree Rosé

2014 Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah

2006 Cedar Creek Platinum Merlot

2007 Lake Breeze Tempest

2008 La Stella Fortissimo

 

For food, we’ll be providing a selection of platters of cheeses, meats, vegetables, and fruit.

Date:    Friday July 17, 2015

Time:    7:30-9:30 pm

Place:   Our new regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West. It’s located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Directions (transit): It’s about a 2 ½ block easy walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station:      Walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: Walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away. As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

Price:

Members:     only $45
Non-Members:     $59

Click here to sign up:  http://bcwas.com/Call_Out_to_Summer.html

2015/2016 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March 31, 2016. Only $40 for lots of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Our corporate member Gone Crackers will be providing us with their “Undressed” crackers to go with our wine. We are delighted to be able to enjoy Gone Crackers with our BC wines!

Questions? Contact us at events@bcwas.com.

Please note: There are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home – take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

CARR VINEYARDS and WINERY Releases Marie’s Pinot 2013

Below is a press release I recently recieved to help support Breast Cancer research in the USA through sales of the Marie’s Pinot Noir, from Santa Barbara, California.  The wine can be purchased in the USA.  If you are a Canadian, and you want to purchase the wine, you could ship to a US postal office box, and then drive across the border to pick up your bottles of wine.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day &
Help support breast cancer research
 
Wine Available For Pre-Order Now Here: http://bit.ly/1Iab3LE
Marie's Pinot 2013

Marie’s Pinot 2013

April 29, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA – Carr Vineyards & Winery has announced that they will be releasing a Marie Pinot 2013 this week! All proceeds from sales of the Pinot will help support breast cancer research. The wine, which will be released this Friday, May 1st, is available for pre-order now here:  http://bit.ly/1Iab3LE – just in time for Mother’s Day. The quantity of Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to only 50 cases.

The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr. Carr lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old and has served on the Executive Committee of the City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group for over fifteen years. Budd’s son Ryan is the owner and winemaker of the Carr Winery and has been making award-winning wines in Santa Barbara California for the past 15 years and hand selected the finest Pinot Noir grapes from two of his Sta. Rita Hills vineyards to create a wine in memory of his grandmother he never met.
For more information, please visit  http://carrwinery.com.

About Carr Vineyards & Winery

Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara. Owner & Winemaker, Ryan Carr established the winery, in 1999. All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards and are made in a traditional winemaking style to capture the essence of the grape varietal and region. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah.

About Budd Carr

Budd Carr is one of the film industry’s top talents in the field of Film Music Supervision best known for his work with Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. He has supervised over 80 films and worked with many renowned directors in addition to Stone including Michael Mann, James Cameron, Terry George, Norman Jewison, Mike Newell and Tate Taylor.
Budd began his professional career as a music agent with the national talent agencies, representing acts including The Cream, James Taylor, Carole King, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, and Eric Clapton. Launching his own management company in 1980 he handled the careers of multi-platinum acts Kansas, Captain & Tennille, Heatwave, Asia and Slaughter.

About Ryan Carr

Ryan Carr is the owner and winemaker and grower for Carr Vineyards & Winery. Growing up in Southern California, Ryan always had an interest in farming, but never expected he would end up in the wine industry. After graduating from the University of Arizona with an Art degree, Ryan moved to Santa Ynez Valley in California where he discovered the wine industry. With just a taste of some of the local wines he decided to pursue a career in viticulture. He began working in the fields pruning wines with one of the local vineyard management companies.
Once the harvest of 1998 arrived, Ryan had the opportunity to work at Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria where he got the chance to make wine with several different wineries. After learning the basics of making wine and working with so many great winemakers, Ryan decided he wanted to produce his first vintage. In 1999 Ryan made a Cabernet Sauvignon in his garage from grapes he helped to grow at a vineyard down the road. The vintage was whopping 10 cases and was given away to friends and family. To his surprise people loved the wine. After making such a great wine from grapes he had grown, Ryan felt that this was the only way it should be done. With this belief in mind, Ryan and his friend Andy Kahn (winemaker for the Kahn Winery) started a vineyard development company. With this partnership not only would Ryan be able to grow grapes, but he also became the assistant winemaker for the Kahn Winery. In trade for Ryan’s time in the winery he was given the opportunity to make his first commercial vintage. Over the years, Ryan honed his winemaking and grape growing skills. By 2004 the Carr Winery was making just over 1000 cases and had become nationally recognized.
By 2006 Ryan had helped build three wineries and planted over 200 acres of grapes in Santa Barbara County. Now he was finally working on a winery of his own. In the spring of 2007 Carr Winery opened its doors in Downtown Santa Barbara. The winery was one of only four full production wineries and tasting rooms in the downtown area. Since then the wines and the facility have received many accolades and awards and Ryan has continued to produce some of the finest wines in Santa Barbara County.
Haywire Baby Bub

The Arrival of Haywire Baby Bub!

BC Sparkling Rose wine = Summer Treat.  Enjoy it.  Please see the announcement that I received from Okanagan Crush Pad, then stock up!

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The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer.

Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier. “The Baby Bub is tasting fresh, fruity and fabulous”, noted Jordan, “and I am very happy with the results. We stayed consistent with the 2012 Pink Bub giving Baby Bub six grams of residual sugar. I love the texture as it has quite a bit of yeasty fullness. Although it is a new born, the bubbles are quite fine and you can see the direction the wine will take as it ages.”

The wine was made in the classic style using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. It was hand riddled and warm disgorged with a red wine dosage being added at final bottling. Like its bigger siblings, Baby Bub is closed with a crown cap ensuring that cork taint does not interfere with the wine.

This tiny bottle is a young, bright shade of pale rose and is packed full of raspberry, strawberry patch and lime zest character. Its singularly distinctive taste is gun flint which lends a smokey, stoney edge to the wine and keeps it in balance with its more berry salad side.

The first 100 cases of Baby Bub is being released this July long weekend at the winery and through the order desk exclusively. Priced at $13.90 and delivered in 12 – 375 ml bottle cases, sporting hot pink artwork, Baby Bub is sure to be a big hit this summer.

Free Dim Sum Paired with Wines of Germany Through BCLDB

German wines and asian flavours

German wines and asian flavours

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10th and
Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May!  Check out these exciting free consumer events pairing Chinese Dim Sum with German wines!  Press release below.

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines. A FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion, doling out delectable dim sum with Deutsches wien.

What could be more delicious than a crisp, refreshing German Riesling to balance with traditional Chinese Dim Sum flavours? This is what Wines of Germany had in mind when they announced their sponsorship of a month-long thematic within 60 BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May. German wine Portfolio Manager Barbara Philip selected the 12 wines that will participate in the promotion and local sommelier Mireille Sauvé developed, in conjunction with Wines of Germany, a detailed brochure which will be distributed free of charge at all participating locations. The brochure offers professional tasting notes to guide consumers to their preferred wine style, as well as detailed food pairing suggestions which showcase exclusively the cuisines of Asian regions.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 10, 2014, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with authentic Chinese dim sum from Vancouver’s Chinatown eatery, Floata Seafood Restaurant. Steamer baskets will be stacked high, filled with Ha gow and sui mai, which visitors can try with all 12 featured wines, presented by accredited Sommeliers on rotation throughout the event. Details for the event are as follow:

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Wines of Germany are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

“If you don’t love German wines, you just have not yet found the right one for you.”
Visit BC Liquor Stores this April to find your Perfect Pairings.

My Favourite Wine Writing Words

Do you ever wonder what words you like to use the most when you are talking about wine, or some other topic that is important to you? I do. So I decided to try 3 different “Word Cloud Generator” tools on the web to scour through my mywinepal.com website blog entries and find out which words are my most popular. I decided to try more than one tool to see if the tools come up with the same words or are completely different.

The results of the 3 Word Cloud Generators and their graphics are below.  I left the word clouds in the format produced by the tools rather than try to make the clouds all look the same in shape and text orientation so that you get a better idea of what is produced.  Just in case you have never seen a word cloud before, the more frequently a word is used in a blog, document, etc, the larger it appears in the word cloud.

My Word Clouds

Wordle was the first tool that I ever heard about for creating word clouds.  From my experience, I think it does a very good job of finding favourite words.

MyWinePal Wordle

MyWinePal – Wordle

Tagxedo also seems to do a good job.  Do you notice any similar words to my Wordle word cloud?  One thing I notice showing up is Pinterest and Facebook, which are “Like” buttons on my blog, so maybe this algorithm is reading more than just the blog articles.

MyWinePal Tagxedo

MyWinePal – Tagxedo

Word it Out was the last of the three tools.  I think this word cloud is much more similar to Wordle, but the presentation, as-is, is not too stunning.

MyWinePal Word it Out

MyWinePal – Word it Out

Between the 3 word clouds, I think my favourite words are:

  • wine
  • Vancouver
  • Pinot
  • fruit
  • Syrah
  • Chardonnay
  • France

An interesting experiment that may also give you some insight into what I like to talk about, or wines that I enjoy.  You may want to try this with other blogs, or with MyWinePal.com in the future, as theoretically each new article I post can potentially change the word cloud!

Get Ready for the Arts Club Theatre Company’s California Wine Fair

Arts Club California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting

Arts Club California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting last year

This is always a fun event.  California brings us big ripe fruit flavours, both for red and white wines.  For those of you who keep thinking about heavy oak, that is a thing of the past.  Many California wine makers use oak more delicately, or have unoaked versions of their wine.  You may be thinking Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are the stars for California, but California Pinot Noir is quite nice too.  And if you want a fun, jammy red wine, try a Zinfandel.  Below is the info for the upcoming Art’s Club California Wine Fair.  Get your tickets before it sells out!

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Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club’s California Wine Fair returns this spring with two distinct events for wine devotees: the large-scale California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting and the intimate California Winemakers Dinner. These social and informative evenings are designed for guests to explore the abundant range of styles and varietals created across the Golden State by its prolific vintners. The fair is one of the company’s signature fundraisers, with proceeds benefitting the Arts Club’s community-based programs and youth education initiatives.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS + TICKETING INFORMATION:
 

  • Tuesday, April 22, 7–9:30 PM: California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $89
    To purchase: visit artsclub.com/events/california-wine-fair or call 604.687.1644 
  • Wednesday, April 23, 6–9 PM: California Winemakers Dinner
    West Restaurant, 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
    Tickets: $195 (with a $85 tax receipt)
    To purchase: contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 279

This year’s tasting marks the 34th presentation in Vancouver of the cross-Canadian tour, organized by California Wines. Highly knowledgeable wine producers from 115 wineries will pour over 400 wines to demonstrate the depth of diversity in the region. Wine enthusiasts of all stripes can sample the best California wines, including labels not currently available in B.C., and connect with vintners for advice on selecting, serving, and storing wine. The evening also includes an extensive silent auction featuring luxury travel, entertainment and cultural packages, and exclusive wine lots.

West Restaurant will host the California Winemakers Dinner, which brings together the award-winning duo of Executive Chef Quang Dang and Restaurant/Wine Director Owen Knowlton. They will showcase pristine regional ingredients in an exquisite multi-course menu of contemporary cuisine. Premium wine pairings include vintages from Edna Valley Vineyard, Ghost Pines Vineyard, Louis M. Martini Winery, and MacMurray Ranch that represent the Central Coast, Napa Valley, and Sonoma wine regions. Wine producers will dine with guests and talk about the culture of winemaking and share insights on new trends and technological advances.

CONTACT

Zoe Quinn, Publicity Coordinator: 604.687.5315, ext. 334, or publicitycoordinator@artsclub.com

High-resolution images are available for download online: artsclub.com/media. The username is journalist and the password is photos4media.

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club Theatre Company, now celebrating its 50th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com
Blog: blog.artsclub.com
Facebook: facebook.com/theArtsClub
Twitter: @theArtsClub
Instagram: @theartsclub

California Wines

Having Fun California Cruisin’ at Vancouver International Wine Festival

When you hear the term “California Cruisin” what do you think?  If you are me, it would be the beach, surf boards, the Beach Boys, and in general having fun.  Having fun is what we did have at the California Cruisin’ event for the Vancouver International Wine Festival last night at Brix Restaurant & Bar in Yaletown.  This was a walk-about event, with wines being poured from at least 12 different California producers (mainly from Sonoma and Napa Valleys), and various nibbles being passed around, made by Brix.

On the white wine side, all were Chardonnay.  But don’t think big, fat, oaky Chardonnay.  These were all leaner, had a stone / tropical fruit, green pea flavour/aroma component, and a light touch of oak, if it was oaked.  Very refreshing.

The red wine side was a bit more varied with Cabernet Sauvignon, of course, but there were a few Pinot Noirs, and some Petite Sirah blends.  I’ve noticed in the past 2 years that more California Petite Sirah is being available here in BC.   If you haven’t tried Petite Sirah before you should give it a try.  It can be hard and tannic, needing aging, but the ones I tried last night were very inviting.  The grape can have flavours of black pepper, blackberries, blueberries, spice and licorice.  Two that I had at this event were the Michael David Winery Petite Petit, 2011, and the Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010.  They will likely be available for tasting at the Festival tasting room starting this Thursday evening.  Also a shout out to the “big” California winery, Robert Mondavi.  They were pouring a really nice Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2011, and a Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 2012.  And if you want a more serious red wine with some tannic structure try the Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Enjoy the food and wine pictures that I took during the event, and check out my twitter feed @mywinepal to watch my VINE video!

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

new zealand wine logo

New Zealand Wines Winners in Recent Canadian Wine Awards

2013 WORLD WINE AWARDS OF CANADA

WineAlign’s 2013 World Wine Awards of Canada is a brand new competition yet the judging team are seasoned top wine writers and sommeliers who spent five days blind tasting 1,000 wines!  New Zealand was there to participate, and have some winning wines to share with you. Yes Sauvignon Blanc is in the list, but there are other varietal wines for you to consider, such as Pinot Grigio.

Best of Country

  • Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2011  ( A top quality winery that I never hestitate to recommend.)

Best of variety under $15

  • Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2012

Judges’ Choice

  • Giesen  Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Judges’ Choice by Varietal 
Sauvignon Blanc  

  • Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Pinot Gris/Grigio

  • Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2012

Pinot Noir  

  • Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2012