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

Burrowing Owl Wine Dinner March 18 – Get Your Tickets

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery logoHave you ever tried the quality wines from the Okanagan’s Burrowing Owl Estate Winery?  If not, here is your chance, plus enjoy the fantastic food from Vancouver’s Seasons in the Park Restaurant.  Details for the dinner are below.

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Smoked Salmon Blini
with a horseradish cream
paired with Calliope Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Seared Scallops
with asparagus salad & fig balsamic vinaigrette
paired with Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2011

Balsamic Glazed Quail
with a polenta cake and braised red cabbage
paired with Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2011

Pistachio crusted Lamb Chops
with a wild mushroom risotto & mint chimichurri
paired with Burrowing Owl Meritage 2010

Tiramisu
lady fingers dipped in espresso & marsala with a mascarpone cream
paired with Burrowing Owl Coruja Port style

Where, When and How Much?

Tuesday March 18th
Reception wine 6:00pm
Dinner 6:15pm – 8:30pm

$125 per person
for tickets call (604-)874-8008 or email:
seasonsevents@vancouverdine.com

Best of BC Wine Tastings At BC Liquor Stores in October!

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This announcement just came out and there are some exciting, quality BC VQA wines being poured at BC Liquor stores in the Vancouver Lower Mainland and Victoria.  Here is the announcement and some of their wines.  Enjoy!

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With the fall harvest in full swing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, October is the perfect month to explore BC VQA wines. British Columbians are celebrating our local bounty and, what better way to honour our crops, than with the annual BC Liquor Stores ‘Best of BC’ release?

Every year, BC Liquor Stores carefully selects a small collection of BC wines which are in limited supply and high demand. In the interest of fairness to all of their customers, the whole selection is released at once, and this year’s release takes place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Signature BC Liquor Stores across BC. It’s ‘first-come, first served’, so BC wine fans are encouraged to hurry down and snap up the very best that our province has to offer.

In support of this annual release, the British Columbia Wine Institute has organized an extensive series of in-store wine tastings which will feature a variety of VQA wines from BC. From Vancouver’s West End to West Vancouver, from Victoria to Whistler, 12 different liquor stores will be home to sommelier-led wine tastings where customers can belly-up to the bar while doing their shopping, taste an assortment of BC VQA wines, and learn all about the vinicultural bounty that exists right here in our own backyard.

October brings out the best wines our province has to offer with the ‘Best of BC’ release and province-wide BC VQA in-store wine tastings. Enjoy a glass of your backyard bounty this month!

Dates of In-Store Tastings with Locations and Times:

Thursday, October 3                      

Whistler Marketplace – 101 – 4360 Lorimer Rd, Whistler

3 to 7 PM

Saturday, October 5                       

Dunbar- 3453 Dunbar St, Vancouver

10 AM to 2 PM

Sunday, October 6                          

Highgate – 235 – 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby

1 to 5 PM

Friday, October 11                          

Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby

3 to 7 PM

Richmond Brighouse – 100- 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond

3 to 7 PM

Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley

3 to 7 PM

39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam

3 to 7 PM

Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

3 to 7 PM

Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Saturday, October 12                    

Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby

3 to 7 PM

Richmond Brighouse – 100- 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond

3 to 7 PM

Dunbar – 3453 Dunbar St, Vancouver

10 AM to 2 PM

Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley

3 to 7 PM

39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam

3 to 7 PM

Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

3 to 7 PM

Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Thursday, October 17                    

8th & Cambie – 2395 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Whistler Marketplace – 101 – 4360 Lorimer Rd, Whistler

3 to 7 PM

Highgate – 235 – 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby    –

3 to 7 PM

Featured Wines in the’Best of BC’ Release:  

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2010 $32.89 Product # 178756
Painted Rock Syrah 2010 $39.94 Product # 130989
Le Vieux Pin Syrah 2010 $44.88 Product # 875831
Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2011 $30.00 Product # 492421

Nk’Mip QwAM QmWT Syrah 2009

$34.99 Product # 561415
CedarCreek Platinum “Block 4” Pinot Noir 2011 $39.95 Product # 464628
Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2010 $34.90 Product # 894410
Jackson-Triggs SunRock Shiraz 2010 $34.99 Product # 365635
Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2011 $24.89 Product # 498170
LaStella Fortissimo Selezione Di Famiglia 2010 $34.88

Product # 840504

Burrowing Owl Fundraising Evening with Art of Terry Isaac and Feathered Guest

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery logoDo you like Burrowing Owl’s wines? Do you like art, especially of nature/wildlife?  Are you available to be in the Okanagan on Friday November 30?  If so you may want to attend this dinner.  Press Release details are below.  Enjoy!

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November  21, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – On Friday, November 30 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will host an event to celebrate the continuing recovery of the endangered burrowing owl.  Held at the winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant, the evening will feature a sumptuous three-course dinner and the unveiling of a never-before-seen painting by wildlife artist Terry Isaac.  Special feathered guest “Pilot”, an imprinted burrowing owl, will attend the event accompanied by Burrowing Owl Conservation Society (BOCS) Local Area Director Lauren Meads.

At the celebration the artist will show his new work “On the Fence” for the first time.  Guests can purchase limited-edition prints, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to the BOCS.  The price of the dinner includes a donation to the same organization.  The culinary team at the Sonora Room has prepared a special three course menu for the event, and servers will be happy to suggest wine pairings from Burrowing Owl’s cellar.

Where and When is this Dinner

Sonora Room Restaurant, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Friday, November 30 2012
6:00pm

Tickets $60 inclusive of taxes and gratuities (wine and other beverages not included)

Seating is limited, so call 1.877.498.0620 ext. 1 or email youwerkerk@burrowingowlwine.ca to purchase your tickets.

Special accommodation package:  Dinner guests can stay the evening of November 30, 2012 at the Burrowing Owl Guest House for just $99 (regular rate $169; based on double occupancy; taxes not included).  Saturday morning breakfast is included.  A limited number of rooms are available, so call 1.877.498.0620 ext. 3 to make your reservation

Twitter: @BurrowingOwlBC fundraising dinner Nov 30 http://tinyurl.com/d53wtgr

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About Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert.  The winery is known for supporting the conservation work that is helping the burrowing owl make a comeback in British Columbia.  www.bovwine.ca

About the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society

A non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to the goal of re-establishing self-sustaining populations of the endangered burrowing owl species.  Its Burrowing Owl Recovery Program, started in 1990, is the longest sustained program of its kind in North America .  Volunteers in Kamloops and Vancouver raise owls from captive breeding pairs, and the yearlings are released into the wild on an annual field trip. www.burrowingowlbc.org

About Terry Isaac

Originally from Oregon, internationally-renowned visual artist Terry Isaac continues to feel a sense of wonder and inspiration when observing the natural world.  His finely-detailed depictions of birds and animals in their natural environment are simultaneously realistic and magical.  His work is in public, private, and corporate collections around the world.  Limited-edition prints of his work often sell out, as he is very selective about the images he reproduces, and the edition sizes are small.  Isaac currently lives in Penticton, BC.   www.terryisaacsart.com

A Few Quick Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of BenFranske

It’s very easy to get busy with work and family this time of the year.  And Thanksgiving comes knocking on the door extra early in October for us Canadians this year.  Some of you may be off to the Okanagan to enjoy their Fall Wine Festival.  Pick up a few bottles from the great wineries there to help you celebrate October 8.  Let’s look at a few red and white wines that you may want to have with your roast turkey or ham this year.

Wine Pairings for Roast Turkey

Roast turkey can be quite rich in flavour, plus gravy adding extra flavour.  You need a wine that can stand up on it’s own and complement the roasted flavours. A lightly oaked Chardonnay is one choice, an aromatic Viognier, or if you prefer red, a juicy Merlot or a Pinot Noir. A few that I’ve tasted over the past year:

  • Fort Berens Estate Winery Chardonnay 2011 ($17.99). This plus 2 reds from Fort Berens made me sit up and take notice.  Such quality from a new winery in a new BC wine region: Lillooet! Pale pear skin colour. Light vanilla and apple aromas.  Light body with peach flavour and a hint of oak and cinnamon. A very elegant, integrated wine.
  • Kalala Organic Estate Winery Dostana Chardonnay 2010 ($18.90). Medium lemon in colour with a nice apricot nose.  Medium body with honey, oak and apricot flavour. Very tasty.  Medium acidity with a hint of sweet spices.
  • Stag’s Hollow Viognier 2010 ($21.99). Light orangy nose.  Medium body, round mouthfeel with medium acidity. Citrus, peaches, vanilla and nutmeg on the palate.
  • Trivento Tribu Viognier 2011, Argentina ($9.99. SPEC listing). This was a very surprising wine for sub $10.  Light orange, peach and citrus nose.  Medium minus body with flowers, orange, and spice on the tongue.  Dry citrus finish.  A nice wine.
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot 2009 ($30). Light transparent garnet in the glass. Bright ripe cherry nose.  Light body, dry with ripe cherries and vanilla flavours.  Sweet cherry finish.
  • Bench 1775 Winery Merlot 2011 ($19.90). This was my surprise red wine of the tasting as I had not had their wines before.  I now want to try all their wines.  The Merlot was opaque ruby in colour.  Interesting nose of apples and plums. On the palate you get soft tannins, and flavours of yellow plum and red cherries. The yellow plum really stands out. Quite a different Merlot.  Give it a try.

Wine Pairings for Roast Ham

Roast ham is also quite full flavoured.  It has some sweetness to it, and can have other flavours such as some smokiness, depending on how it’s prepared. Riesling is a nice pairing with ham; think Alsatian food.  I think a  Cabernet Franc or Pinot Noir would also be nice with ham.

  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Calliope Riesling 2011, BC ($14.99). Nice nose of citrus, apple and stone fruit.  Dry with high acidity, but still has some roundness on the palate.  Peach flavour with a slight herbal edge.
  • Fort Berens Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2010, BC ($24.99). Deep garnet in colour with light cedar and ripe cherry aromas. Dry, medium plus body with cedar, oak and ripe black fruit flavours. Ripe fruit and vanilla on the finish. This wine won a Double Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships.
  • Pewsey Vale Riesling, 2011, Australia ($23.99 SPEC).  Nice lime, lychee and flowers on the nose. Medium minus body, light acidity with lots of citrus and stone fruit flavours. Very tasty.
  • King Estate Winery Estate Signature Pinot Noir 2010, OR ($36.99).  King Estate is the largest, or one of the largest wineries in Oregon, but that doesn’t mean poor quality.  They produce very good Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  They use organic and sustainable farming methods. Their Pinot Noir had light aromas of vanilla, red cherries and eucalyptus.  Medium minus body with a light mouth feel.  Raspberries, some tea leaves flavours, with spice showing up mid palate.  A quality wine!
  • Haywire Pinot Noir 2010, BC. Light garnet in the glass. Orange pekoe tea, nutmeg, violets, and raspberry aromas with a bit of match stick later on.  Quite a complex nose. Round, dry with red cherries, red berries, violets, some sweet spices and a streak of minerality. Medium length. Subtle tannins, which pick up on the finish. Excellent.
  • Carmen Pinot Noir Reserva, 2010, Chile ($18) – Violet aromas.   Cinnamon, violet, vanilla and cherry flavours.  Light body, low tannins. Very tasty.

I wish you many happy Thanksgiving with your family now and in the future. Cheers!

Valentines Day – Treat Your Sweetie at Burrowing Owl Winery

Are you and your spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend wine lovers?  Why not visit Burrowing Owl Winery in the Okanagan and have a getaway and celebrate Valentines Day at the same time?  They have some package deals for Valentines Day as well as other times you just want to get away and relax.

This info about their packages just came through my email today.   Enjoy!

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Burrowing Owl Winery Special Package Deals

For Immediate Release

February 1, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – This spring Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is offering visitors three tempting specials. There’s never been a better time to plan your stay at this world-class wine country destination!

 

Valentine’s Day ‘Dine & Stay’ Package – Tuesday, February 14 2012

from $99 per person includes:

  • A romantic dinner for two at the Sonora Room  Restaurant
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Add $40 for the “Sweetheart Package”, which includes a bottle of Burrowing Owl wine, long-stemmed red rose, rose petals, and chocolates waiting in your private room

 

Winter Getaway Package – from $126 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

  • A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast


Spring Blossom Package – from $145 per person

(check the website for details – some date restrictions apply)

  • A three-course dinner for two at the Sonora Room
  • One night’s accommodation at the Burrowing Owl Guest House
  • Our fabulous “wine country” breakfast
  • Package available Monday – Wednesday

 

For more information, or to make your reservations, please call 1-877-498-0620 ext.3.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: Recently named one of the Top 10 BC Wineries by Wine Access magazine the winery is devoted to producing world-class wines using creative viticultural and winemaking processes that are in harmony with the unique ecosystem where the grapes are grown, which includes the northernmost tip of the Sonora Desert.

Burrowing Owl Guest House:  The winery guest house is nestled in the vineyard and has 10 tastefully-appointed rooms, each with a private deck and fireplace; There is also a 25 metre pool and all-season outdoor hot tub.  The Cellar Lounge is excellent for business meetings and special events.

Sonora Room Restaurant:  Opened in 2004, the winery restaurant overlooks 140 acres of picturesque vineyard from both the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the culinary team is to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers of local organic produce, fresh, seasonal fruits and artisan breads and cheeses. An exclusive wine list is changed regularly to include a selection of Burrowing Owl library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. And, the wine selection is enhanced with alternate premium Okanagan wines chosen to complement the menu.

www.bovwine.ca