December Wine and Whiskey Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

Make it merry this holiday season by enjoying a glass of your favourite bubbly, wine, spirits, or beer! Here is your inside track to some of BC Liquor Stores’ exciting holiday events! Whether you are picking out the perfect gift, hosting your own party, or simply enjoying the company of family and friends, BC Liquor Stores have something perfect for every occasion.

Share a wonderful experience while learning from our knowledgeable wine and spirits brand ambassadors by checking out our line up of sit down events! Make it a perfect gift and bonding moment with your special someone. Events are free unless otherwise specified. For ticketed events, quantities are limited so get yours now.

DECEMBER

39th & CAMBIE

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 2
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

DISCOVER THE EXTRAORDINARY WITH GREY GOOSE AND BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
Friday, December 8
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose. Carefully crafted gin and premium vodka are perfect for blending during your holiday celebrations!

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 9
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Tuesday, December 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING REGIONAL MALT COLLECTION
Wednesday, December 13
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore the very best single malts from their respective regions, Douglas Laing’s remarkable regional malts deliver the ultimate distillation of Scotland’s malt whisky regions. Taste through the Christmas Big Peat (2017 Edition), the Rock Oyster Sherry and the Scallywag Limited Edition bottlings.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

THE MACALLAN RARE CASK — BOTTLE STOPPER EVENT
Thursday, December 14
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Macallan Brand Ambassador, Dan Volway, for a unique whisky tasting and food pairing featuring 4 outstanding Macallan whiskies. A gift with purchase of a limited edition Macallan bottle stopper (valued at $60) will be available for guests who purchase a bottle of the Macallan Rare Cask during the event.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 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

PARK ROYAL

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Friday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 9
1:00 – 5:00 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

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

SPARKLE AND ICE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with sparkle and ice in this elegant fine wine tasting experience. Specially selected hors d’oeuvres will be available to pair and there will be a live performance by the Armadillo String Quartet.

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 23
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

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Free Dim Sum Paired with Wines of Germany Through BCLDB

German wines and asian flavours

German wines and asian flavours

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10th and
Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May!  Check out these exciting free consumer events pairing Chinese Dim Sum with German wines!  Press release below.

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines. A FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion, doling out delectable dim sum with Deutsches wien.

What could be more delicious than a crisp, refreshing German Riesling to balance with traditional Chinese Dim Sum flavours? This is what Wines of Germany had in mind when they announced their sponsorship of a month-long thematic within 60 BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May. German wine Portfolio Manager Barbara Philip selected the 12 wines that will participate in the promotion and local sommelier Mireille Sauvé developed, in conjunction with Wines of Germany, a detailed brochure which will be distributed free of charge at all participating locations. The brochure offers professional tasting notes to guide consumers to their preferred wine style, as well as detailed food pairing suggestions which showcase exclusively the cuisines of Asian regions.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 10, 2014, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with authentic Chinese dim sum from Vancouver’s Chinatown eatery, Floata Seafood Restaurant. Steamer baskets will be stacked high, filled with Ha gow and sui mai, which visitors can try with all 12 featured wines, presented by accredited Sommeliers on rotation throughout the event. Details for the event are as follow:

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Wines of Germany are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

“If you don’t love German wines, you just have not yet found the right one for you.”
Visit BC Liquor Stores this April to find your Perfect Pairings.

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

Free Wines of Argentina Featured in October at BC Liquor Stores

Argentina has been producing high quality Malbecs, which we are all familiar with, but there is more to Argentina than Malbec.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Torrontes, Carmenere and even Riesling are being produced.  Time to try these other wines, in addition to Malbec.  Your chance to try some Argentine wines for free, is through the BC Liquor Stores in October.  The dates and announcement are below.  In addition, you have a chance to wine a prize package to Victoria’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel.  Enjoy!

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September 18, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) –Get ready to celebrate the wines of Argentina!  This October the BCLDB will host three FREE wine and food consumer events at BC Liquor Stores.  Each of the “Argentine Treasures” tastings will feature a different selection of quality wines paired with empanadas from Panaderia Latina Bakery.  In conjunction with this promotion, Wines of Argentina will also hold a draw for a luxurious prize package featuring Victoria’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

Argentina is one of the hottest categories on BC shelves, and the free tastings are a great way to become familiar with the amazing diversity of excellent wines produced by the South American country.

As part of the month-long celebration, Wines of Argentina is giving away a deluxe prize package including the following:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation for two in a Panoramic Ocean View Boutique Suite at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
  • Boathouse Spa & Baths – hour-long Classic Massage (one per person)
  • Access to the Seaside Therapeutic Mineral Baths, Steam Room & Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

This prize package is valued at $1,150.  You can enter online at www.winesofargentina.ca

 

Argentine Treasures Free Consumer Tastings

Saturday, October 6
Cambie Signature Store, Vancouver
2:00-6:00pm

Thursday, October 11
Alberni & Bute Signature Store, Vancouver
3:00-7:00pm

 

Friday, October 12
Park Royal Signature Store, West Vancouver
3:00-7:00pm

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About Wines of Argentina: Wines of Argentina is responsible for the promotion of the brand VINO ARGENTINO around the world. Since 1993, this organization has been promoting the image of local wines abroad and providing advice on export strategies for Argentina by studying and analyzing trends in consumer markets. Its aim is to contribute to the consolidation of Argentina as one of the main wine exporting countries in the world and to the global success of the Argentine wine industry by enhancing its positive image in the wine trade, among opinion leaders and consumers. www.winesofargentina.ca

 

About the Oak Bay Beach Hotel:  The new Oak Bay Beach Hotel is being completely rebuilt on the same spectacular oceanfront lot where the previous hotel sat for more than 80 years. It will reopen in October 2012 as a 100-room hotel with 20 luxury residences. Built to five-star standards, hotel and residential amenities include seaside mineral pools, a fitness centre, Boathouse Spa & Baths, The Snug pub, the David Foster Foundation Theatre and a fine-dining restaurant. Not only is this Victoria’s first combination full-service luxury hotel and private residence, but it is also the only commercial waterfront development in Oak Bay. www.oakbaybeachhotel.com

Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Winery – Free Tastings

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

I like to pass along info to everyone about free wine tastings, and this one is special because Blue Mountain makes a very nice sparkling wine, that I hope you get a chance to try.  Enjoy and maybe clink a glass with me!

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Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at TWO Complimentary Tastings & Bottle Signings

May 29, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Taste premium wines from BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at two FREE consumer tastings.  The events will occur on Thursday, June 7 2012 at Everything Wine’s North Vancouver location and Friday June 8 at Marquis Wine Cellars in downtown Vancouver.  Blue Mountain winemaker Matt Mavety will be on hand to share his passion for the wines and their place of origin.

Wines featured at the tastings will include:

  • Blue Mountain Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Gris
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Chardonnay
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir

 

Thursday, June 7 2012
4:00 – 6:00pM
Everything Wine
998 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Friday, June 8 2012
4:00 – 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street, Vancouver

 About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land which is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.

FREE Tastings for Malbec World Day Celebrations – British Columbia

Malbec World DayMalbec. It is a red grape variety that has taken the world by storm.  Everyone knows about Malbec coming from Argentina.  But you may have only tried a few.  On Malbec World Day, you can try a wide variety of Malbecs produced in Argentina by large and small wine producers.  Here is the announcement about the venues in the Vancouver area where you can try Malbec wine for FREE.  Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 17 2012 is the date for this year’s Malbec World Day, an international celebration of Argentina’s iconic red wine.  Wine lovers are invited to join us at FREE tastings hosted by local wine retailers in the days leading up to the event, and on Malbec World Day itself.

Each of the upcoming Malbec World Day events will feature at least 6 Argentinean Malbecs, paired with savoury bites such as empanadas from Vancouver’s House of Empanadas.  Events will be held at the following locations:

Saturday, April 14

  • Marquis Wine Cellars Downtown Vancouver  – @MarquisWineCell
  • Everything Wine – North Vancouver, Langford & Surrey @EwineNV @EWineVictoria @EWineMx
  • Liberty Wine Merchants Point Grey & Commercial Drive @LibertyMerchant

Sunday, April 15

  • Legacy Liquor Store Olympic Village, Vancouver @LegacyLiquor
  • John B. Liquor Store, Coquitlam @JohnBPub

Tuesday, April 17

  • BCLDB Signature Store at 39th & Cambie, Vancouver @BCLiquorStores

Free Argentinean Wine Tasting at 39th and Cambie Liquor store

Image courtesy Gary J. Wood

Do you like wines from Argentina, or are you interested to find out what Argentina has to offer?  Try some Malbec, Torrontes, and I’m sure many other wines at this upcoming FREE wine tasting.  Here is the note that I received about the tasting, and I am passing it along to you.  Enjoy!

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Wines of Argentina Featured at FREE 39th & Cambie LDB Signature Store Events

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2011 (Vancouver, BC) – On Thursday July 7th and Friday July 8th, consumers can attend two FREE tastings at the 39th & Cambie LDB Signature Store offering samples of Argentinean wines paired with authentic South American cuisine.  Throughout the month, consumers can also enter to win an amazing prize package of two nights’ accommodation at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel and Spa including breakfast each morning.

Held from 3 – 6:30 pm each day, the consumer tastings offer guests samples of top Argentinean wines paired with tasty empanadas from House of Empanadas.  The events will also include a sizzling tango dance demonstration.

In conjunction with the month-long promotion of Argentinean wines at the BCLDB, Wines of Argentina is also offering a deluxe prize package.  The prize includes two nights’ accommodation at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel and Spa, with a visit to the spa and dinner for two at LURE Restaurant and Lounge.  Wines of Argentina will provide limousine service to and from the dinner.  To enter the draw, please visit www.winesofargentina.ca.

 

Wines of Argentina Consumer Tastings

Thursday, July 7 & Friday, July 8, 2011, 3 – 6:30 pm

39th & Cambie LDB Signature Liquor

5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

FREE Events in BC to Celebrate World Malbec Day on April 17, 2011

Today seems to be a hotbed for wine-related announcements.

Do you enjoy Malbec?  April 17 has been declared as World Malbec Day and we will be able to enjoy many free Malbec tastings, promoted by Wines of Argentina.  Here is the announcement that I received.

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April 7, 2011 (Vancouver, BC) – BC wine lovers, take note:  Wines of Argentina, the organization responsible for promoting the image of Argentine wines around the world, has declared April 17 as World Malbec Day in honor of the country’s iconic varietal.

British Columbians can join in on the celebratory action by coming to one of the FREE Malbec tastings being held on April 17th at public and private liquor stores.  The tastings will feature great Malbecs, tango music, and a festive spirit suited to enjoying the flagship wine from this warm South American country.

British Columbians can get to know Malbec at one of the FREE tastings taking place on Sunday, April 17th at the following locations:

Burnaby

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Highgate

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  North Gate

Downtown Vancouver

·         Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie –  will have food pairing

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Alberni & Thurlow

Kelowna

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Orchard Park

Langley

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Langley

North Shore

·         Everything Wine – 998 Marine Drivewill have food pairing

·         Liberty Park & Tilford – Park & Tilford Mall –  will have food pairing

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Park Royal

Richmond

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Ironwood

Surrey

·         Everything Wine – South Surrey (Morgan Crossing) –  will have food pairing

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Fleetwood

Vancouver

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  39th & Cambie – will have food pairing

Victoria

·         Signature BC Liquor Store –  Fort & Foul Bay

Several locations will feature catered food including empanadas provided by the House of Empanadas .  You can follow what’s happening on @ArgentinaWineCA on Twitter, or on Facebook.

www.bcliquorstores.com http://www.marquis-wines.com www.libertywinemerchants.com www.everythingwine.ca http://www.houseofempanada.com

April 17th was selected as Malbec World Day because of its historical significance.  On this day in 1853, the bill to create the Quinta Agronomica, a government program to improve all aspects of Agriculture, including the national wine industry, was submitted to the Provincial Legislature of Mendoza.  The date represents both the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry and the starting point for the development of Malbec as its flagship variety.

For more information about Malbec World Day and scheduled events, please visit   www.winesofargentina.org.

Free Valentines Chocolate and Wine Pairing in Kelowna

If you live in the Kelowna area, you may be interested in trying this wine and chocolate pairing event. Two great things on their own, and even better together. Plus it is in time for Valentines! Here is the announcement, by Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. Enjoy!

You are cordially invited to attend our Complimentary Valentines Chocolate and Wine Pairing Event.

Come and sample a wonderful handpicked selection of Roger’s Chocolates paired with our award winning wines.

Date:   Saturday, Feb. 12th, 2011

Time:  11:00 – 5:30 (or until we run out of chocolate!)

Price:  No Charge

Location: Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, 2845 Boucherie, Rd, West Kelowna

No RSVP required.