Bici Gusti Returns to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Do you like drinking wine?  Do you like cycling?  If so, the Bici Gusti at Whistler may be for you.  Check out the following press release for the race.  Cheers.

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Second Annual Luxury Culinary Cycling Event Kicks off the Biking Season
May 19 to 21 , 2017

 
Whistler B.C. –  Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler  is partnering with Bici Gusti to offer Whistler’s second annual gourmet ride. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover, Bici Gusti invites guests to follow their senses through a family-friendly long weekend where gourmet feasts, adventurous cycling, luxury and fun awaits. Set for May 19 to 21, 2017, the feel-good ride features a 70 km ride through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys, delicious cuisine sourced within 70 kilometres (44 miles) of Whistler with a wealth of like-minded guests. The self-paced ride invites riders of all levels to enjoy themselves at their own speed.

This year, the event is adding more culinary power houses to this spirited weekend such as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell, Four Seasons Resort Whistler Executive Chef Eren Guryel and team along with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Chef Weimar Gomez and Four Seasons Resort Westlake Village Executive Chef Jose Fernandez to elevate the experience into an immersive one that delights all the senses.

The Forbes Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Whistler invites guests to escape any city stresses and settle into the alpine sanctuary for three rejuvenating nights of fellowship, fitness and amazing food. Participants are also encouraged to mingle with event special guests – Olympians Evan Dunfee, Nikola Girke and Steve Podborski.
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Relax
  • Bici Gusti begins with a relaxed General Manager reception at Four Seasons Residences Whistler.  Guests are invited to mingle and get a taste of SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Refresh
  • Enjoy a fun day that’s all about enjoying life.  This robust agenda includes an energizing spin class led by Eastwood Cycle, a rejuvenating yoga class and a hands-on cooking class as well as a “Rat Pack-themed” pool party and wine tasting evening.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Ride & Shine
  • Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride guests will cycle through 70 km of spectacular Whistler and Callaghan Valley scenery. The route has been carefully selected to allow all levels of riders to enjoy themselves and socialize. Riders will enjoy a gourmet rest stop complete with charcuterie and Italian essentials half-way through the journey. Post ride, cyclists will be toasted by beer from Red Truck Brewery and a barbeque at Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Guests can enjoy an afternoon rest before glamming up for the closing white-themed gala dinner. Prepared by avid cyclist and Ocean Wise Executive Chef at the Vancouver Aquarium, Chef Ned Bell, the gala dinner will highlight exceptional ingredients sourced from within 70 km.
Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride is the ultimate way to start the biking season and is designed for cyclists of all levels looking for an awe-inspiring gourmet food experience. This family-oriented weekend features kid-friendly events as well as child-minding services available on-site. Guests are also invited to contact the award-winning Spa to add on a relaxing massage, body treatment, yoga or fitness class. Advance reservations highly recommended.
Registration for Bici Gusti can be done online.
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About Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler:
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of North America’s top mountain resorts having been named Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star Resort. In addition to world-class skiing, this award winning Four Seasons Mountain Resort offers the ultimate year-round getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats and après ski offerings. With the Resorts’ signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is in a class of its own among mountain destinations.
As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 103 properties in 43 countries. For more information on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler visit www.fourseasons.com/whistler or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About SIDECUT:
Steak with an edge. Named for the curvature on the side of a ski or snowboard, SIDECUT offers a modern take on traditional mountain cuisine. Situated in the Four Seasons Resort at the celebrated alpine location of Whistler, the restaurant’s sleek wood interior offers an inviting setting where diners can cozy up to the open fireplace or dine on our sun soaked patio. At SIDECUT, steak is more than a meal, it’s an experience.

BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard Event April 21

Come out to the BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard wine tasting on Thursday April 21 and experience more BC wine.  There are so many BC wineries around now.  I am in particular VERY interested to try their Riesling and Pinot Noir, as I did a BC Riesling Review last year, and this year I am now starting my BC Pinot Noir Review. Here is the tasting announcement from the BCWAS.

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Join us for a fun tasting with Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation Vineyard!

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        Photo credit 8th Generation.

When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!

Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.

After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in OK Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!

8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two frizzante-style bubblies and their flagship Riesling.

Stefanie and Bernd with the 9th generation.                  Photo credit www.spiegel.de.

Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything! 

Wines being poured include:

·         2015 Integrity frizzante

·         2014 Confidence frizzante

·         2014 Chardonnay

·         2015 Riesling Classic

·         2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Championship)

·         2013 Riesling Selection

·         2015 Riesling Selection tank sample

·         2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé

·         2012 Pinot Noir

·         2014 Cabernet/Merlot

·         2013 Syrah

·         2015 RedOne

 

And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.

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The beautiful new tasting room at the winery..             Photo credit: 8th Generation

Date:  Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

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

Price:  Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up: http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news/join-us-for-a-fun-tasting-with-stefanie-schales-of-8th-generation-vineyard

Directions:

Transit:  It’s a short 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.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until the end of March 2017. Only $40 for a whole 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 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.

BCWAS Covert Farms Wine Tasting on March 8 – Get Your Tickets

An announcement from the BC Wine Appreciation Society for their upcoming wine tasting downtown. Enjoy!

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 Join us for a unique tasting with Derek Uhlemann, Farm Chef at Covert Farms Family Estate Winery !

  

                                        Photo credit carpediemwinesales.com.

 “Farm Chef” – now that’s a cool job title!  And Derek has some great stuff to work with at Covert Farms.

 All the produce – including the over 40 different kinds of crops and the wine grapes – is organic. If you visit during the summer or fall, you will find yourself bringing home not just wine but tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beets, corn, peppers, onions, melons … whatever is in season. Oh – they also have bacon!

 

                                   

                                    Derek at the Similkameen BBQ King competition.     Photo credit Osoyoos Times.

 We are very pleased to welcome Derek to visit us here in Vancouver! He’ll be able to tell you all about the great line-up of wines he’s bringing with him, and you’ll be able to buy some, too.

 Wines being poured include:

2015 Sparkling Zinfandel

2014 Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 

 Amicitia White Vertical (Roussanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon)

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–       2012

–       2013

–       2014

 2014 Rosé (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah)

 2013 Amicitia  (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)

2013 MDC (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah)

 

Barrel Samples:

2013 Zinfandel Grand Reserve

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 

2015 Super Tuscan Grand Reserve

And because we know how much you love your wine and food pairings, we’re also going to have a few appies on hand!

 

Owner/winemaker Gene Covert with his 1952 farm truck.        Photo credit urbanmommies.com.

Date:  Tuesday March 08, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

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

Price: Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up:  http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news

Directions:

 Transit: It’s a short 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.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2017. Only $40 for a whole 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 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.

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.

Galiano Island Wine Festival August 8 – Get Your Tickets

Galiano Island Wine Festival

Galiano Island Wine Festival

The Galiano Health Care Society is hosting its 23rd Annual Fundraising Wine & Beer Festival.

Where and When?

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.
www.galianowinefestival.com

Entrance fee for general public 19+ is $45pp.  The entry fee includes one wine tasting glass, one beer tasting glass as well as unlimited finger food all afternoon. 
This annual event is a major fundraising initiative for the Galiano Health Care Society which provides quality health care to Galiano Island residents and visitors.  Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands and is easily accessible by BC Ferry via Victoria or Vancouver.

Which Wineries and Breweries Are Attending?

Reserve tickets at galianowinefestival@gmail.com. or call Jenelle at 250-539-2422.

Reservations are available from May 1, 2015 and close 5pm Friday, August  7th, 2015.

Please note that tickets do sell fast. Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our 2013 & 2014 Festivals sold out on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit the links for the Galiano Health Care Society, the Galiano Wine Festival and the Galiano Chamber of Commerce:
http://galianowinefestival.com/
http://galianohealth.org/
http://galianoisland.com/

BC Wine Appreciation Society 10th Anniversary Gala – Get Your Tickets

Do you love BC wine, or want to try BC wine?  Here is a great chance at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the BC Wine Appreciation Society.   Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!

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BC Wine Appreciation Society logo10th Anniversary Gala-Over 45 Wineries – April 16/15

Celebrate BC Day with BC VQA Wines in Vancouver on August 2

Wines of BC logoMeeting a wine maker and talking to them about their wines is always exciting.  Here is a chance for you to talk with some prominent BC wine makers to celebrate BC Day on August 2.  Below is the press release from the BC Wine Institute.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA -This BC Day long weekend, the British Columbia Wine Institute is throwing a big party in honour of beautiful British Columbia and the wonderful wines that are grown and produced in the province.

 

 Consumers are invited join some of BC’s top winemakers at Vancouver’s 39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store anytime from 3-6 PM on Saturday, August 2, to sample some of the 12 BC VQA wines that will be available to taste. The wines will be paired with tasty tidbits of local foods as prepared by Vancouver-based Forage restaurant.

These six acclaimed BC winemakers will also be signing bottles of BC VQA wines, giving fans a chance to ‘meet the makers’ of their favourite BC VQA wines, and the opportunity to discover new BC wines.

Holly Conway with the BEAT radio will be live on-site, broadcasting festive tunes for this FREE consumer event:

 

MEET YOUR MAKER WITH BC VQA WINES

Saturday, August 2 at 3-6 PM

Cambie Kitchen

(inside the 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store)

 5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Participating Winemakers:

Howard Soon of Sandhill Wines

Rasoul Salehi of Le Vieux Pin

Michael Dinn of JoieFarm Winery

Hagen Kruger of Wild Goose Vineyards

Stefan of Poplar Grove Winery

Larry Gerelus of Stag’s Hollow Winery

 

The festivities continue well beyond the tasting event, with 30 scheduled BC VQA wine tastings taking place in BC Liquor Stores around the province throughout the month of August. Qualified tasting staff will lead consumers through tutored tasting flights of three wines at a time, showcasing 12 in total, which demonstrate the bountiful diversity of wines produced in our beautiful province. (Click here for the schedule of tastings and locations.)

August is the ideal month to shop for BC VQA wines in BC Liquor Stores as the stores celebrate all 100% grown and made-in-BC products. An exciting addition to the month long promotion is the newly-implemented ‘Insider Picks’ which will see a growing selection of BC VQA wines within BC Liquor Stores year-round.

British Columbians have so much to celebrate: From the sea to the mountains, from our wildlife to our culture, from our natural resources to our growing industries. What better way to celebrate our province’s abundance of riches than with delicious BC VQA wines!

Foodiepages.ca Launches a Monthly Wine Subscription

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With the FreeMyGrapes movement pushing for opening up the flow of wine across provincial borders, Toronto-based FoodiePages.ca has joined forces with several boutique Canadian wineries to offer this new monthly wine subscription. Each month, Canadians can  experience some of Canada’s best small lot wines, shipped direct from the winery to their home or office.   Here is their press release.  Maybe a good Christmas present to your spouse or significant 0ther (and to you).

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TORONTO (Dec. 9, 2013) – FoodiePages.ca, the new online marketplace where you can buy directly from Canada’s best small batch food and wine makers, announced today the launch of the Hidden Gems Wine Subscription, a convenient way to access hard-to-find small lot Canadian wines.

“The Hidden Gems Wine Subscription is a way to connect Canadians with amazing Canadian vintners, providing customers with the best small lot selections from British Columbia and Ontario,” says FoodiePages.ca CEO Erin Maynes.

Wine enthusiasts* can expect a monthly shipment delivered to their doorstep. Each Hidden Gems Wine Subscription shipment contains 3 bottles, handpicked by Canada’s top small lot winemakers. A British Columbia winery is featured one month, and an Ontario winery the next. Each wine is paired with a recipe crafted by a top Canadian chef, allowing members to create delicious food and wine pairing experiences at home.

Convenience: 2-3 bottles shipped direct from a top Canadian winery to your door, every month.
Variety: We’ll alternate a BC winery one month, and an Ontario winery the next.
Impeccable sourcing: Crafted by Canada’s best small lot winemakers
Food pairings: Customized recipes for each wine from Canada’s top chefs
Great value: You’ll pay $75/month, including shipping and taxes

December Featured Winery is Award-Winning Meyer Family Vineyards

Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens purchase a small 1.62 hectare vineyard on the Naramata bench in 2006, and 3.9 hectares in Okanagan Falls two years later.  They hired the best winemaker and viticulturists and focused on small lot single vineyard wines made in the traditional of Burgundy style.  Today Meyer Family Vineyards produces less than 3000 cases from mature 14 year old vines, making some of the finest wines in the Okanagan (MFV was one of the top 10 vineyards in Canada at the 2013 National Wine Awards).

Wines Included in December Shipment:

The three wines include in the December shipment are a fantastic representation of Okanagan Valley wines at great prices:

2012 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay – Only 555 cases are produced, a blend from two family-owned vineyards, McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls and Old Main Rd in Naramata. Anthony Gismondi recently gave it 89 points and described this as a “lively, fresh, green apple, citrus, skinny chardonnay whose strength is nuance and simplicity.”

2011 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir – A bronze award at the National Wine Awards of Canada; 89 points from Anthony Grimondi; and 88 points from Beppi Crosariol, who described this wine as “medium-bodied, tight and chewy, with soft raspberry fruit, zippy spice and a whisper of beetroot.  It is a great choice for grilled salmon or poultry.”

2012 Gewürztraminer – Made in the traditional Alsatian style to enjoy as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of cuisine, especially Thai, Mexican and spicy dishes.  Aromas of Lychee or Turkish Delight, citrus and spice.

Let’s celebrate Canadian winemakers – subscribe to the Hidden Gems Wine Subscription here.

For more information, contact:

Erin Maynes
Founder
FoodiePages.ca
647.403.6075

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* Only available to customers with shipping addresses in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island.  Customer must be over 19 years of age, and someone over 19 must receive the shipment.

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Celebrate the Season with BC VQA Wines

Thinking of the perfect holiday gift for someone that has everything?  How about some wonderful BC VQA wine?  I see that there is a special promotion on gift wrapping now for some of these wines.  Here is the info I received.  Enjoy!

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The Wines of British Columbia have got you covered this holiday season with ready-to-gift BC VQA wines available at no extra cost in 10 participating BC Liquor Stores, from now until Christmas.

As you read this press release, sheer organza wine-bottle gift bags are being applied to 10,000 bottles of BC VQA wines in select BC Liquor Stores, making it easier for BC wine shoppers to give the gift of wonderful wines, made in beautiful British Columbia. Whether for a BYOB party, a Hanukkah gathering, an office Christmas party or a dinner with family or friends, grabbing a gift-wrapped bottle of wine makes this year’s holiday shopping that much easier. What’s more is that the British Columbia Wine Institute has taken its promotional gift wrap to the next level of thoughtfulness, including a blank gift tag on every bottle to support a personalized gesture from each gift giver.

With 20 wines taking part in this holiday promotion, you can find the perfect gift for any palate and occasion:

Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc

593038 $23.99

Calona Vineyards Artist Series Sovereign Opal

364265 $12.99

CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris

561175 $17.95

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery Ehrenfelser

171512 $14.99

Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewürztraminer

321588 $16.99
Hester Creek Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 467316 $16.95
Inniskillin Okanagan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 597070 $16.99

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

543884 $16.99

JoieFarm Rosé

511469 $20.90

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

118844 $17.99
Nk’Mip Cellars Merlot 626416 $19.99
Osoyoos Larose Petales d’Osoyoos 343103 $25.00
Perseus Winery Merlot 127068 $19.99

Quails’ Gate Winery Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris

585737 $18.99
Red Rooster Winery Pinot Gris 533174 $17.99
Sandhill Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 168641 $19.99
See Ya Later Ranch Winery Riesling 579045 $16.99
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Merlot 272781 $15.99
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Merlot 530725 $19.99
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery Autumn Gold 414755 $19.00

 10 participating BC Liquor Stores will have the gift-wrapped bottles displayed on their shelves, making it easy for anyone in the Greater Vancouver area to stock up on holiday cheer at a convenient location:

39th & Cambie 5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver
8th & Cambie 2395 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Alberni & Bute 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

Broadway & Maple

2088 West Broadway, Vancouver

Dunbar

3453 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Lynn Valley

15 – 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Northgate 103 – 3433 North Road, Burnaby
Park Royal 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

Richmond Brighouse

100 – 8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond
Westwood 100 – 2748 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam

BC VQA wines make the perfect gift anytime, especially this holiday season when they are all dressed up and ready-to-go!

Celebrate New Years in the Okanagan with the BCWAS

BCWASThis arrived in my email box recently from the BC Wine Appreciation Society, and it sounds like a fun way to enjoy New Years without having to worry about where you are staying and also not needing to drive.  And it’s in the Okanagan!

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Escape to Wine Country for a four-day, three-night New Year’s Eve getaway at the fabulous Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos, with BC Wine Appreciation Society!

Why pay big bucks for a one-night New Year’s party in Vancouver, when you can visit Wine Country for a four-day celebration instead? Let us do the driving from Vancouver – all you have to do is have fun!

Included in this trip are:

  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation at Walnut Beach Resort, December 29, 30, and 31. Soak in the hot tubs, steam in the sauna, savour the view!  (Room upgrades available – see below for more information.)
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31: enjoy New Year’s Eve with wine, dinner & dancing at the fabulous Miradoro Restaurant, Tinhorn Creek
  • Wine touring December 30 (Oliver/Osoyoos) and December 31 (OK Falls)
  • 2nd annual Polar Bear Swim party at Walnut Beach. Dare to Polar Bear!
  • Luxury bus transportation from Vancouver, leaving Sunday December 29, returning Wednesday January 1 (bus can also stop in Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack if requested)

Optional events (with free transportation) include:

  • Dinner at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Sun Dec 29
  • Dinner at Watermark Hotel with Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars Mon Dec 30
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach

(Optional events will incur an extra cost. See below for details.)

 Scroll down to see the full itinerary!

 Click here to see how much fun we had on this tour last year! http://www.bcwas.com/resources/BCWAS+Newsletter+-+Mar+2013.pdf
(see page 7)

Special Early Bird Pricing!!!
Sign up before November 15, and save $52 per couple! ($26 single)

BCWAS member price: (also includes participating wine clubs)

$449 per person, double occupancy ($475 after Nov. 15)
$599 per person, single occupancy  ($625 after Nov. 15)

Non-BCWAS member price:

$475 per person, double occupancy ($499 after Nov. 15)
$625 per person, single occupancy  ($649 after Nov. 15)

Join BCWAS and save! If you join BCWAS to come on this tour, we will extend your membership to March of 2015 – that’s 15 months of our fun events. Click here http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html to join.

Save even more! If you’d rather mail us a cheque instead of paying with PayPal, couples save $12 per person and singles save $17. Mail us your cheque, subtracting the PayPal charge. (No post-dated cheques accepted.)

Optional events: (events include all taxes and gratuities and free bus)

  • Terrafina Dinner Sunday Dec 29: $55 per person, including wine
  • Fairview Cellars/Watermark Dinner Monday Dec 30: $95 per person, including four specially-prepared courses and wine
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach: $30 per person

Contact events@bcwas.com to reserve.

Prices include all taxes, gratuities and fees. No hidden surprises!

Please note: there are only 35 spaces available, and the notice is being sent to other people as well as BCWAS members, so sign up FAST if you want to come to the biggest party of the year!

Brian and Kristal have already signed up – what are you waiting for?

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

Room upgrades: 1-bedroom lake view add $34.50 per night (double occupancy)
2-bedroom lake view add $57.50 per night (double occupancy)
Room upgrades payable at check-in. Contact events@bcwas.com to upgrade.

Or: mail a cheque to:

BC Wine Appreciation Society
PO Box 48912
Bentall Station
Vancouver, BC,  V7X 1A8

Questions?   Email us at events@bcwas.com.  Hope to see you there!