BC Liquor Store Special Events for January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

BC Liquor Stores November Tasting Seminars with Special Guests

Get into the spirit of Christmas shopping by attending an educational tasting seminar at BC Liquor Stores at Park Royal or 39th & Cambie location.
39th & Cambie

LEMON HART & SON MASTER BLENDER EVENT

Tuesday, November 20th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ticketed $20

Join Lemon Hart & Sons Master Blender, Michael Booth, as he takes you through an exclusive educational seminar and rum tasting, showcasing aspects such as distillation, maturation, origin, and colour.  Lemon Hart’s Global Brand Ambassador will also be on hand to mix some exceptional rum cocktails featuring Lemon Hart’s newest rum introduction, Blackpool, an award winning single estate black spiced rum from Guyana.

SCOTCH WHISKY SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, November 21st
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ticketed $50

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.

Park Royal
SCOTCH WHISKY SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Thursday, November 22nd
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ticketed $50

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 may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location. Please see Customer Service desk for assistance.

BC Liquor Stores Summer Whisky Collection

If you are a whisky lover, here is the latest info from BC Liquor stores about their summer whisky collection.

BC Liquor Stores Summer Whisky Collection

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SUMMER WHISKY COLLECTION
Saturday, June 16th
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

BC Liquor Stores will release a special selection of ten premium whiskies on Saturday, June 16th. The collection has been carefully selected to include highly rated varieties and some have been hand selected and bottled for BC Liquor Stores. Some products will have bottle limits. These whiskies serve as ideal gifts for Father’s Day!

Limited quantities will be made available at the following stores:

Richmond Brighouse
Kamloops Columbia Place
Alberni & Bute, Vancouver
Langley
39th & Cambie, Vancouver
Westwood Centre, Port Coquitlam
Kelowna Orchard Park
Peninsula Village, Surrey
Fort Street, Victoria
Park Royal, North Vancouver

There will also be a special tasting at our 39th & Cambie store:

BUFFALO TRACE KENTUCKY BOURBON
Saturday, June 16th
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for a tasting of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon to compliment the rare offerings that will be available as part of the Summer Whisky Collection.

A Few Whisky Events in Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

If you are a whisky lover, here are a few events in October presented by BC Liquor Stores in Vancouver.  Here is their announcement.

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Warm up this fall and explore the ever changing world of whisky! BC Liquor Stores has an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all whisky enthusiasts and avid collectors alike.

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming whisky events happening at BC Liquor Stores. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

39th & CAMBIE

BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Friday, October 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Walk through the Isles. From the non-peated Laddie to the heavily peated Port Charlotte, Bruichladdich is anything but the typical whisky.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Wednesday, October 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Friday, October 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

PARK ROYAL

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Tuesday, October 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Saturday, October 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

Seasons in the Park Winebar Tastings

Seasons in the Park Seasons in the Park, that’s Queen Elizabeth Park, has a lovely garden setting.  Set atop a high point in Vancouver that overlooks the downtown and North Shore mountains, you have a visual feast for your eyes out the window, as well as on your plate and in your glass.  In case you did not know, Seasons has a wine bar, where they have featured tastings.  Their next series of tastings are upcoming starting in March.  Below is the announcement from Seasons about their wine and whisky tastings.  Enjoy!

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Seasons in the Park view

Seasons in the Park view

On Tuesday, March 12th, we will begin yet another fantastic series of tastings in the Seasons Winebar!

At the Seasons Winebar, we welcome guests of all interests! March through September, we host a variety of tasting events every other Tuesday night. Join us as we celebrate some amazing wine, spirits and delicious chef-made creations.

Week to week, our tastings reflect some of the best products that we and our partners have to offer. So join us for a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience in the Seasons Winebar!

Upcoming Events

  • March 12: Whiskies From Around The World
  • March 26: Evolution of Painted Rock Wines
  • April 9: Mission Hill Wines
  • April 23: Pinots from the Valley

Here is the link to find out more about these tastings.

Vancouver Foodster and the Best Burger Challenge

Best Burger ChallengeFrom November 5 – 30, 2012 you can taste the burger creations from 29 restaurants in Vancouver and Burnaby, then vote from November 28 – December 3 for your favourite. Visit www.vancouverfoodster.com/burger-challenge/ to find out all the restaurants and how to vote.

I had an opportunity to visit 3 of the participating restaurants with Media last week.  The burgers were all very different in their style, which I think makes the challenge interesting.  Find what you like.  The three restaurants we visited:

  • Max’s Burgers (521 West 8th Ave, Vancouver)
  • Luke’s Kitchen (2996 Granville St, Vancouver)
  • Whet (1517 Anderson St, Vancouver)

Max’s Burgers

Max’s Burgers produced a “local” burger, where all the ingredients are local.  Plus the hamburger bun is produced on premises. The beef comes from the Honest Butcher on Broadway and the bacon comes from Woodland Smokehouse.  Amber Ale white cheddar for the burger comes from the Okanagan. We were told that since they created this burger it is their top selling burger in Max’s. People like local!  I enjoyed this burger. It was well put together.  I liked the bacon in that it was not too smoky or salty, and the burger was not dripping in sauce.  The patty looked to be 1/2″ thick. Some other Media people mentioned how much they liked the home made hamburger buns.

Max’s also made their version of a Whisky Sour to go with our burger, called “Pomme de terroir“. It is a blend of local Spicebox Whisky mixed with roasted & pureed local Gala apples, and some sugar. A shrub vinegar was also added, and to top it off with R&B Cream ale foam. The baked apple mixed with the sweet spice from Spicebox Whisky was really very tasty.  I’d order it again.

If I were to pair a wine with this burger it may be a California Chardonnay, or maybe Summerhill’s ALIVE Organic Red.

Max's Burgers

Max’s Burgers

Max's local burger

Max’s local burger

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen also went local but with a twist. They produced a home made veggie burger patty. They spent 2 months with 3 different consulting chefs to create the burger we tried that evening. Some of the ingredients that went into this patty included quinoa, toasted almonds, black beans and more.  To complement the burger they topped it with southern fried beer battered dill pickles and jalapeno peppers and dressed it with home made Granny Smith Chipotle ketchup. Wow. The pickled peppers and ketchup added zing to this burger. The patty had nice texture to it, and you don’t miss that it is not beef.

If I were to pair a wine with this, I may go with a rose wine, maybe from Joie or Haywire.

Luke’s Kitchen is taking local to another level as they will soon be growing their greens onsite, and talked about also raising their own fish at the restaurant too. Very cool and very local.

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A cross section of Luke's veggie burger

A cross section of Luke’s veggie burger

Whet

Our last stop for the evening was Whet on Granville Island. They created a beef burger for this challenge and their twist was a Latin spice influence. They use local ingredients as well, such as the buns from Le Baguette on Granville Island. The beef was mixed with oregano, cumin and other spices.  AAA beef was used for the patty and it came 1/2″ thick on the bun. A Dominican style chimichuri slaw was served on the side.  The beef was very juicy and lots of flavour.  I in particular liked the cumin flavour, plus the actual taste from the grill marks on the patty.  I did not taste the grill from the other 2 burgers. The other thing I really liked was the cheddar cheese that was layered on the burger really stood out.  I like the sharpness of the cheddar.

I’m partial to Latin flavours, and this was my favourite burger of the evening.

They served an R&B Bitter with the burger.  It had nice orange, cherries and spice flavour. It was light body with medium bitterness.  A nice beer to enjoy with this burger.

If I were to have a glass of wine with this, I think I would go with a Ravenswood Zinfandel.

Whet's beef burger

Whet’s beef burger

Give these burgers a try, or try some of the other restaurants, then vote for your favourite burger. Enjoy!

Highland Park Single Malts Part II – Get Your Tickets

Do you like Scotch Whisky?  Have you ever tried Highland Park?  Why not attend this tasting of Highland Park whiskies at Liberty Wines in North Vancouver?

About Scotch Whisky

To be called Scotch Whisky, the whisky must fulfill three criteria, which are:

  1. to be distilled and matured in Scotland
  2. to be matured for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks
  3. to be bottled at a minimum strength of 40% ABV (alcohol by volume).

There are two main types:  Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch whisky.  For many Scotch Whisky drinkers, a single malt is their preference.  The characteristics of a Single Malt Scotch Whisky is that it is:

  •   Made from 100% malted barley
  •   The product of a single distillery

Highland Park whiskies

HIGHLAND PARK produces single malt Scotch Whisky and has won many awards. In 2009, Highland Park’s 18-year-old single malt Scotch whisky has been crowned ‘best spirit in the world’ for the second consecutive time by leading US independent whisky expert Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal’s Top 115 Spirits in the World.

Did I whet your appetite?  Enjoy a great selection of single malts from one of the most famous distilleries in Scotland.  Six exceptional single malts to taste & discover.  Presented By Dan Volway, Highland Park Brand Ambassador for Western Canada.

Where and When is the Event?

Monday September 10, 2012 7:00-9:00pm
Liberty Wines Point Grey Store
4583 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC  V6R 2J2

For Reservations Contact Igal at:  (604) 224-8050  or Igal@libertywinemerchants.com

Admission: $75

Admission price also includes:
A Highland Park Welcome Cocktail & a Selection of Fine cheeses & baguette.