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.

A Surprising Twist This Holiday Season Tulalip Resort Casino Chefs Are Serving Exotic Sweetness Dec. 2-Jan. 1

The Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington State. always puts out quality food and wine.  Here is their latest holiday creation.  Enjoy!

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HONEY and SPICE

HONEY and SPICE

Tulalip, Washington — Honey and Spice specials will provide a surprising twist to many holiday favorites. Tulalip Resort Casino’s culinary team has selected several types of exotic honey and spice flavors to showcase in their holiday dishes. From seafood to desserts, Executive Chef Perry Mascitti inspired his chefs to share the complexities of how different kinds of honey and spices can take a dining experience to a new height.

This exclusive Honey and Spice promotion will run from December 2, 2019, through January 1, 2020.

Savory Honey and Spice dishes at the Resort include: Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse’s   Braised Lamb Bruschetta served on olive crostini with ricotta, crispy farro and a date honey; Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar’s Honey & Spice Alder Roasted Sockeye Salmon laced with anise, cumin, orange and Skagit Wild Flower Honey; Cedars Café’s Grilled Lamb Sirloin Grilled Lamb Chops glazed with honey, horseradish, mustard and fresh mint; Journeys East’s signature Deep-Fried Beef Short Ribs tossed in a honey and Maggi seasoning sauce with assorted sweet peppers and topped with fried garlic and fresh cilantro; and The Draft Sports Bar & Grill’s Grilled Sriracha Spiced Honey Chicken Skewers glazed with their house-made Sriracha and bacon spiced honey.

For a little Honey and Spice on-the-go, guests can enjoy the Carvery’s Asian Chicken Salad with sesame-roasted chicken breast, cabbage slaw and Mountain Wild Flower Honey Blossom vinaigrette.

Guests can also order a Honey and Spice and Everything Nice Pizza served hot right from Blazing Paddles’ stone-fired pizza oven. This extraordinary creation is prepared with their house-made fresh dough, mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, serrano chilies, Italian hot ham and pepperoni. The Honey and Spice pizza special is baked to perfection and finished with a drizzle of local Wildflower honey and fresh basil to top it off.

Pastry Chef Nikol Nakamura’s Honey and Spice desserts include Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse’s Ricotta Fritters tossed in a house-made spice blend, lemon curd and drizzled with honey; a Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin served vanilla bean ice cream and blackberries at Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar; or a Baked Pecan Tart at Cedars Café. The tart filling includes toasted pecans, honey and a house-made spice blend, topped with spiced whipped cream and orange.

For more information about the Honey and Spice promotion or Tulalip Resort Casino, visit here.

 

About Tulalip Resort Casino

Award-winning Tulalip Resort Casino is the most distinctive gaming, dining, meeting, entertainment and shopping destination in Washington state. The AAA Four-Diamond resort’s world-class amenities have ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists. The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming excitement; a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites; 30,000 square feet of premier meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and eight dining venues. It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret and a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s and 130 designer names at the Seattle Premium Outlets. The Resort Casino is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate-5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes. For reservations, please call 866.716.7162 or visit us at Tulalip Resort Casino. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Haut Dogs – Size Matters Edition at TWB on August 31st

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

In a continuation of its very successful Hot Dogs, Cool Bubbles event this past June, TWB –The Wine Bar is once again morphing into The Wiener Bar at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 with Haut Dogs, Size Matters – Big House Champagnes and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.

Provence/TWB Wine Director Joshua Carlson came up with the idea as a tribute to London’s famed Bubbledogs. “We received such great response to our June event, we decided to do it again,” says Carlson. “This time, instead of Grower Champagnes, I’ve enlisted David Hall of Charton Hobbs and Moët Hennesy who will be guest pouring champagnes from their portfolio.”

Carlson, along with Provence/TWB Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff, have created two very haut pairings available for only $30:

The Coney Island Foot Long Hot Dog
Dressed with Chili, Cheese, Onions – Tater Tot garnish
Veuve Clicquot Rosé

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The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener
Dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish
Moët Chandon RoséAs with the previous event this is first-come, first-served with the Haut Dog pairings available only while supplies last.

In addition to the two rosé champagnes featured in the above pairings, Hall will also be pouring an assortment of champagnes which may include some from  Krug, Ruinart, and Dom Perignon at the ‘dealer’s choice’ price of only $25/glass and TWB will be offering a 25% discount on all bubbles that night.

Join The Wiener Bar (aka TWB-The Wine Bar) for a very special sparkling Saturday starting at 5 p.m. on August 31 for Haut Dogs, Size Matters. Cheers to ‘no champagne, no gain!’

Champagne poured into glasses

The West Coast Culinary Experience

A press release about a very interesting tasting of BC wines and enjoying culinary dishes prepared at PICA on Granville Island.  Enjoy now till Oct 13, 2019.

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PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts) highlights BC’s best in new culinary activity

Vancouver, May 9, 2019 – The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is excited to announce the debut of The West Coast Culinary Experience; an immersive exploration of British Columbia’s vibrant culinary landscape.
From the ocean to the mountains and Okanagan Valley, British Columbia boasts a rich and diverse terroir that produces a vast selection of regional ingredients. The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) will be highlighting the many flavours of the West Coast in their new culinary activity, The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for bookings now until October 13.
Located at the gateway to Granville Island, one of Canada’s most visited neighbourhoods and home to the iconic Granville Island Public Market, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is Vancouver’s leading culinary education center with classes for everyone from aspiring professionals and home chefs alike.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is a deep dive into the flavours of British Columbia and begins with a walking tour of Granville Island. The walking tour weaves through the bustling public market where guests will work up an appetite as they take in the many local artisans and food purveyors from butchers and chocolatiers to bakers and baristas. Tour guides are globally trained chefs, certified sommeliers, food writers, and food experts from PICA, who will answer questions and provide cooking tips, while they point out historical details and reveal hidden, cultural landmarks.
A sommelier-led wine tasting follows the walking tour and features four exceptional BC wines: Mission Hill, Quails Gate, Blue Mountain, and Hester Creek. Guests will experience the province’s different wine regions while learning about grape varieties and what’s new in winemaking during this interactive tasting session.
With thirsts quenched and appetites peaked, up next is a cooking demonstration and tasting. The instructing chef will share best practice for selecting the freshest fish and seafood and demonstrate various cooking techniques. This may include an exploration of traditional recipes from West Coast aboriginal nations or how to clean, filet, and debone a whole salmon. Guests will leave with a better understanding of local seafood and insights on current flavours and cooking styles.
three-course meal at PICA’s Blue Hat Bistro concludes the West Coast Culinary Experience. Guests will have two or three dishes to choose from for each course including vegetarian options.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is an interactive and immersive journey through the traditions, history, and trends of British Columbia’s cuisine. Guests will see, taste, and learn what makes the Vancouver and British Columbia world-class culinary destinations.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for booking seven days a week from May 1 until October 13. Tours begin at either 10:00 AM or 3:00 and last approximately 3 hours. Each tour can accommodate up to 16 guests and costs $167 per person before tax. For more information or booking, please call: 604.734.4488 or email: wcce@picachef.com or via eventbrite.

Come Attend Vancouver Foodster’s Between the Buns Crawl on March 27

A new type of Tasting Plates is being offered by Vancouver Foodster.  Come to this inaugural event!  The announcement is below.

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Join us and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants/establishments in the East Village/Hastings Sunrise area of East Van. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday, March 27 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster

The restaurants/establishments will be serving up savoury and sweet Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants, bakeries and other establishments throughout the walkable event, partake in a beer and wine tasting and learn about each of the participating spots.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here). Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

Registration: High Point Beer Wine Spirits – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Between the Buns Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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High Point Beer Wine Spirits

2769 E Hastings Street

Web:https://www.highpointbws.com/

Twitter: @HIGHPOINTbws

Instagram: @highpointbws

Our name accurately represents what we love about what we do. A celebration of quality, good times & the pride we have in our store & our neighbourhood.

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Italia Bakery

2828 E Hastings St #104

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Serving the East Village community for over 34 years! All of the products at Italia Bakery are made from scratch, and by hand. They offer a variety of items, from bread and desserts to an excellent variety of the finest deli meats and cheeses imported from Italy.

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Wheelhouse Seafoods

Web:https://www.facebook.com/wheelhousesfds/

Instagram: @wheelhouse2605

Cuisine: Seafood market and deli

We are a family owned fish and meat market established in 2001. We specialize in local fish & seafoods delivered daily and free range meats.

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Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street

Web:http://www.dioliva.ca/

Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

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Delish Gluten Free

2166 E Hastings Street

Web:http://delishglutenfree.com/

Instagram @delishglutenfree

Cuisine: Gluten-free bakery

We provide delish gluten-free baked goods. From scones to muffins, BREAD, brownies and cookies we have got you covered. It’s all gluten free and DELISH! Everything is baked in a 100% gluten and nut free facility to avoid cross-contamination!

Purchase Tickets Here

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before March 18, 2019

Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 18, 2019

Regular $55 per person after March 24, 2019

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the evening on this self-guided tour. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants/establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Explore California at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival

The BC Liquor Stores have some recommendations for you to buy California wines during the Vancouver International Wine Festival, which kicks off on Feb. 25, 2019.  Here is their press release.  Enjoy.

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The highly anticipated Vancouver International Wine Festival this year is featuring California as the theme region, making this the perfect time to explore the wines of the Golden State. Winery principals representing 160 wineries from 15 countries will travel to Vancouver to showcase their wines. Visit the onsite BC Liquor Store Festival Wine Shop for a selection of BCL Select exclusive, festival exclusive and collectible bottles signed by the winemakers themselves to add to your cellar or give as a gift.

What makes California wines so exciting right now? California has been blessed with fantastic vintages for the past seven consecutive years from 2012 to 2018. The majority of California wines featured at this year’s festival will be from the 2015 and 2016 vintages. In the 2015 vintage, the challenging growing season resulted in wines that are high quality but with low yields. The 2016 vintage experienced a near-perfect growing season.

If you can’t make it to this year’s festival, BC Liquor Stores carry a great selection of California wines all year-round. Give these wines a try:

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon, and Windstorm Lodi Old VIne Zinfandel

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon, and Windstorm Lodi Old VIne Zinfandel

 

Woodwork Chardonnay, Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Crusher Petite Syrah

Woodwork Chardonnay, Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Crusher Petite Syrah

 

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.

9 Epic Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2019 +1

It’s no secret that me, like other Canadians, loves to travel.  I have been to San Diego and SOCAL a few times and enjoy my time down there.  I received this list of 9 reasons to visit San Diego by their Tourism Bureau.  I’ve added another one at the end, being the wine lover that I am.  I hope you enjoy the 9 +1 reasons to go to San Diego.

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9 Epic Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2019

Visit San Diego

Visit San Diego

The nation’s 8th largest city, San Diego may be known for its great weather, beautiful beaches and laid-back residents, but this dynamic urban metropolis is hosting so many big sporting and cultural events in 2019 that visitors might forget all about its relaxed SoCal character and vibe.

From internationally competitive beach games and professional baseball to a top music festival and the world’s leading pop culture celebration, the following 9 events are certain to guarantee epic excitement for San Diego visitors in 2019.

  1. 250th Commemoration of San Diego
    During 2019, San Diego will commemorate its establishment as the first settlement of Alta California in 1769. The City of San Diego and Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce will mark the 250th commemoration with planned activities including monthly lectures, special events like a Founders’ Day Festival and other family-friendly activities held in Old Town San Diego. The first settlement of Alta California included Mission San Diego de Alcala and a neighboring presidio, originally built above the area now known as Old Town.
  2. San Diego Padres 50th Season 
    On March 28, the San Diego Padres step up to the plate for the Opening Game of their exciting 50th season against the San Francisco Giants, played in Petco Park in the heart of downtown. In addition to six months of baseball action, fans enjoy one of the nation’s top ballparks combining the best sight lines in baseball, magnificent architecture, a dazzling array of food and drink venues and breathtaking views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline.
  3. Fallbrook Avocado Festival
    To San Diego residents, avocados are more than just a trendy topping on toast, and the annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, held April 14, is a delectable example of the region’s love for the fashionable fruit. Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers have converged in Fallbrook, located in San Diego’s North County, to sample avocados, check-out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.
  4. Chicano Park Day
    Located underneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge overpass in Barrio Logan and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2017, Chicano Park is home to the world’s largest collection of Chicano murals. Held on April 20, Chicano Park Day is a free annual event celebrating the art and culture of San Diego’s Mexican/Chicano residents with traditional music, dance, a lowrider car show, vendor booths, kids’ arts workshops and more.
  5. San Diego Pride
    One of the West Coast’s largest Pride celebrations, San Diego Pride weekend, held July 13-15, features a colorful lineup of festivities including a headlining parade through Hillcrest and two-day festival in Balboa Park with exciting live musical performers like TLC and Kesha. San Diego Pride is the city’s largest civic event attracting more than 250,000 people annually. Additional events include the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, SheFest, annual Pride 5K Race and an exciting calendar of Pride parties and dances.
  6. 50th Anniversary of Comic-Con
    Others will come and go, but the original Comic-Con started and remains in San Diego. The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, Comic-Con International attracts thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture during July 18-21 to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown.
  7. KAABOO Del Mar
    Held Sept. 13-15 at the seaside Del Mar Fairgrounds, KAABOO Del Mar was created by music lovers for music lovers. KAABOO features seven stages and more than 100 musical acts, plus a dedicated comedy stage and food and beverages from local and celebrity chefs, craft breweries and local wineries. Past performers include the Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Billy Idol, Jewel, Blondie and Earth, Wind & Fire, just to name a few.
  8. ANOC World Beach Games
    As the epicenter of beach, surf and extreme sports culture in Southern California, San Diego is proud to host the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games. Held Oct. 9-15 along scenic Mission Beach and Mission Bay, 2,000 top athletes and teams from around the world will compete in 17 sports disciplines ranging from beach soccer and beach volleyball to kiteboarding and waterskiing to bouldering and skateboarding.
  9. USA Ultimate National Championships
    Elevating frisbee playing to a whole different level of sport, the USA Ultimate National Championships represent the pinnacle of elite ultimate frisbee competition in North America. Held Oct. 24-27 at the Surf Cup Sports Park in scenic Del Mar, 16 teams from across North America including Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Austin and Vancouver B.C. compete to be crowned champions in three divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s.

+1 Take a short trip from San Diego to the Temecula Valley and sample their wines.   Try wines from Hart or Leoness and other
wineries.  I wrote an article about my visit to the Temecula Valley a few years ago.

Whistler Remind You to Attend Cornucopia in November

It is not yet ski season in Whistler, but it is wine drinking season, so if you have some time to go to Whistler to enjoy Cornucopia, get your tickets.  Here is the latest press release about Cornucopia.  Enjoy.

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Whistler, B.C. – In just two weeks, Whistler welcomes its 22nd annual celebration of food and drink, Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial taking place November 8-18. With an abundance of dining events, tastings, drink seminars, and parties, there’s plenty to experience.

Local Whistler restaurateurs and visiting B.C. and Canadian chefs alike have created a diverse selection of cuisines in the paired-dinner events. From the festival’s extensive list of renowned winery dinners to a cocktail-paired dinner, brewery dinner and a roving, multi-station dining experience – the biggest question will be how to fit it all in?

Aura at Nita Lake Lodge is excited to showcase a special Sip & Savour winemaker dinner. Building on the success of its summer Sip & Savour Winemaker Dinner Series – this Cornucopia-inspired dinner is an elaborate six-course menu paired with varietals from 50th Parallel Estate winery. Alternatively, visitors can reserve for a three-course dining experience paired with Blasted Church wines available daily throughout the eleven day festival.

Quattro’s legendary fare will be on display at the Quattro Batasiolo wine dinner – Chef Jeremie Trottier will pair his classic Italian cuisine alongside legendary Barolo producer Batatsiolo winery.

What do the Okanagan, South Africa and Napa have in common? A vineyard from each region will be featured among the three winery dinners at the Bearfoot Bistro. Meyer Family Vineyard from BC’s own Okanagan region, South Africa’s Anthonij Rupert wines and Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley will be paired with Executive Chef Melissa Craig’s seasonal fare. BC’s Hester Creek winery has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with dinner at Caramba! Ticketholders can expect an evening of canapes, four-courses and some of Hester Creek’s finest varietals.

Il Caminetto makes its Cornucopia debut with three winery dinners and a new cocktail-paired dinner – Il Salotto. While sister establishment, The Cellar by Araxi, returns with the hugely successful Intimate Wine Dinner Series featuring six dinners to choose from including the celebrated Big Guns ‘Par Excellence’ showcasing the very best of Old World wines.

Continuing the intimate dinner theme, the private dining room of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room will feature 10 impressive dinners. Taking place over each weekend of the festival, the dinners will include themes and wineries such as Small Farms, Liquidity and Lock & Worth.

Legs Diamond, located along the Upper Village stroll, is making its mark at this year’s Cornucopia with 11 dinners, one for every night of the festival. Guests can indulge in a menu of game, seafood and sweet treats all paired with BC wines.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has partnered with its colleagues south of the border to bring two exciting dinner offerings. On the first weekend, patrons can experience a collective of steakhouse chefs from four of Four Seasons’ alpine resorts – Whistler, Jackson Hole, Vail and Santa Fe – for the Four Peaks Dinner by Four Seasons. From the sunshine of Los Angeles, CUT by Wolfgang Puck located in the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons hotel, will be appearing for a one-night only experience on Friday, November 16.

For those looking for something more casual Savour at The Westin  will servea two-hour multi-station dining experience including its coveted Poutine Bar, Truffle Mac n’ Cheese and more with BC and International wine samplings.

Last but not least – if local brews are more your flavour, you’re in luck. Blacks Pub has partnered with Whistler Brewing for a four-course dinner with seasonal beers. Coast Mountain Brewing and Hunter Gather Eatery’s ‘Cask N Brat’ – a showcase of bratwurst and festive cask ale for this Novemberfest inspired evening.