February Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming events in February. There are a wide range of exciting events this month to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Oscars and the Winter Olympics.

PARK ROYAL

GRAND MARNIER ENGRAVING EVENT – CHINESE NEW YEAR
Friday, February 2nd  & Friday, February 9th
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Experience the taste of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH WINES FROM CHILE!
Saturday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 17th
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Chile is well known for making great quality wines at unbeatable value, but where they truly over deliver is in their premium wine offerings. Premium Chilean wines have been gaining more awards in international competitions alongside wines from the world’s most celebrated wineries. Join Wines of Chile to taste and learn more about these age-worthy wines that are sure to impress your guests as you celebrate the New Year.

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG WITH MARISCO!
Thursday, February 8th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

From one man’s golden vision to one winery’s golden achievements, celebrate Chinese New Year with Marisco!

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH JOHNNIE WALKER
Saturday, February 10th
2:00 – 5:00p.m.

Join Master Reserve Brand Ambassador, Joel Virginillo, for a tasting/educational tour through the Johnnie Walker Family of Scotches.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, February 15th
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

CHEER ON TEAM CANADA – CELEBRATE THE OLYMPICS
Friday, February 16th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Shoppers will sample the Molson Canadian Victory bottles and receive a Canadian Flag blanket with purchase of a 24. A top chef from PICA will feature Canadiana inspired snacks perfect for your own Olympic viewing party.

CHAMPAGNE AND THE OSCARS
Friday, February 23rd
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This event will celebrate the Champagnes from Piper-Heidsieck, the official sponsor of the Oscars.  There will be a tasting of Charles Heidsieck Champagne. Champagne will be paired with appetizers that are inspired by the cinema. Kyle Kaplan, Certified Sommelier and Business Development Manager for Piper-Heidsieck will walk you through the Champagne flight and talk about the history of these Champagne houses and the relationship between Piper-Heidsieck and the Oscars.

CÎROC ULTRA PREMIUM
Saturday, February 24th
2:00 – 5:00p.m.

This will be a freestanding mixology session hosted by Diageo’s Reserve Brand Ambassador, featuring Cîroc and Tanqueray. Customers will have an opportunity to try premium spirits in a simple yet inspiring cocktail format that is easy for you to replicate at home.

BRIGHOUSE

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, February 15th
4.00 – 6.30 p.m.

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH JOHNNIE WALKER
Saturday, February 16th
5.00 – 8.00p.m.

Join Master Reserve Brand Ambassador, Joel Virginillo, for a tasting/educational tour through the Johnnie Walker Family of Scotches.

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG WITH MARISCO!
Saturday, February 17th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

From one man’s golden vision to one winery’s golden achievements, celebrate Chinese New Year with Marisco!

LANGLEY

CHEER ON TEAM CANADA – CELEBRATE THE OLYMPICS
Friday, February 9th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Shoppers will sample the Molson Canadian Victory bottles and receive a Canadian Flag blanket with purchase of a 24. A top chef from PICA will feature Canadiana inspired snacks perfect for your own Olympic viewing party.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, February 15th
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

ALBERNI & BUTE

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, February 15th
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

CÎROC ULTRA PREMIUM
Friday, February 23rd
5:00 – 8:00p.m.

This will be a freestanding mixology session hosted by Diageo’s Reserve Brand Ambassador, featuring Cîroc and Tanqueray. Customers will have an opportunity to try premium spirits in a simple yet inspiring cocktail format that is easy for you to replicate at home.

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Wild Rice Celebrates Year of the Snake With Special Menu

Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year is coming up fast.  I’m starting to look at my annual wines to serve for Chinese New Year.  That post should be coming out soon.  But in the meantime, you may want to think about enjoying some celebratory dinners for Chinese New Year.  If you don’t want to cook, you could try the Year of the Snake Menu at Wild Rice, at both their New Westminster and Vancouver locations.  Here is their menu announcement.  Enjoy!

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Wild Rice Vancouver

Wild Rice Vancouver

(Vancouver, BC) –  In western culture, the snake has a bad rep – tempter of Eve, denizen of the underworld, and just generally a slimy, slithery, creepy reptile. However, in China, the snake is honoured as wise, charming and decisive. As the snake transforms and renews itself by sloughing off its skin, Snake Years are seen as times of change and renewal. Things don’t stay static in The Year of the Snake.

Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9th, heralds the Year of the Water Snake or lunar year 4711.  Anyone, who has been counting New Years for that long, should know a thing or two about how to celebrate it in grand style.

Inspired by classic Chinese feasts, Wild Rice Proprietor Andrew Wong and Executive Chef Todd Bright are offering a special menu that pays homage to the Year of the Water Snake. The Year of the Snake Menu will be available at both locations February 8, 9 and 10 for the auspicious price of $38.88 for two people (a very lucky number symbolizing ever-increasing good luck).

Year of Snake Platter

Year of Snake Platter

As in traditional Chinese banquets, each dish is rich with symbolic meanings meant to convey wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year. Some of the symbolism is based on homonyms where the word for a dish or ingredients sounds like another Chinese word with an auspicious meaning. Others derive their symbolic connotations from the colour or the fact that they look like another good luck object.  Wild Rice’s Year of the Snake Platter for Two is over-flowing with good wishes and great flavours. On it you’ll find:

  • BBQ Eel and Bean Sprout Sui Mai with watercress puree. Eel has always been considered a ‘snake of the sea,’ so it’s most appropriate that it is the first dish served in the Year of the Water Snake. Bean sprouts convey the wish for a ‘good start to the new year’ while the fresh green of the watercress connote thoughts of growth, renewal and balance
  • Glass Noodles with black moss, water chestnuts and crispy dried tofu. Noodles in Chinese culture convey the wish for long life. It is considered very back luck to cut noodles as that symbolizes cutting short the life span. Black moss (‘fat choy’) sounds like ‘fat cai’ meaning increasing wealth while the word for ‘water chestnuts’ sounds like the word for ‘unity.’ Dried toufu connotes ‘blessing the household’ and ‘fulfillment of wealth and happiness.’
  • Roasted Chicken Breast on Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Cashews accompanied by bamboo shoots, green onions, jasmine rice and walnuts with shitake jus. The chicken breast is a bit of fun in homage to the western expression that ‘snake tastes just like chicken.’ The roasted crispy skin is symbolic of the sloughed snake skin. Cabbage rolls are stuffed packets and similar in shape to ancient Chinese gold ingots so they symbolize ‘prosperity’ as do the cashews and the bamboo shoots. Green onions signify ‘intelligence,’ rice symbolizes ‘fertility’ while the shitake mushroom symbolize ‘longevity. ‘ Walnuts express the wish of ‘happiness for the entire family.’

All Chinese New Year banquets end on a sweet note to wish participants sweetness in the coming year and this dinner is no exception. Chef Bright has created his own house-made version of the iconic Fortune Cookie.

Wild Rice is also featuring a special drink – the Red Envelope Cocktail. During Chinese New Year, children traditionally receive gifts of money tucked into red envelopes (lai see). Wild Rice’s Red Envelope is strictly for grown-ups – a lucky combination of raspberry vodka, vodka, cassis, cranberry juice, fresh lemon all for the auspicious price of $6 (the number six sounding like the word for ‘good luck’).

People born in the Year of the Water Snake are influential and insightful. They are motivated and intellectual; very determined and resolute about success. The long list of famous Snakes is studded with beautiful women and great idealists. Snakes are uncommonly attractive, wise and intense. However, their beauty can lead to vanity and self-centredness.

According to an ancient Chinese proverb “good fortune of the mouth is no mean thing.” We invite you to give your palate a treat and your year a lucky ‘sssstart’ by ‘ssssavouring’ Wild Rice’s Year of the Snake Menu February 8th through 10th, 2013.

Reservations are a good idea at www.wildricevancouver.com or 604-642-2882 (Vancouver) or 778-397-0028 (New Westminster).

Sun Nin Fei Lok!