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.



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:



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!

Did You Attend ChefmeetsGrape? Here are the Competition Results

Did you attend the ChefmeetsGrape event in Vancouver a few weeks ago?  It’s always looked forward to by foodies and wine people.  BC wines are paired with sustainable foods.  I wasn’t able to go, but recently received information about how successful the event was, and which food and wine pairings were the overall winners.  Here is the info I received.  Enjoy.


(Kelowna, BC) The seventh annual ChefmeetsGrape event, held September 22 in Vancouver, raised over $2,300 for Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program, a national sustainable seafood program that identifies ocean-friendly consumer choices from coast to coast.

The largest annual celebration of the Wines of British Columbia and local food in Vancouver, ChefmeetsGrape showcased 74 top BC wineries and 10 top Ocean Wise Partner restaurants to a crowd of nearly 450 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

ChefmeetsGrape is a true celebration of our local producers,” says BC Wine Institute Executive Director Miles Prodan. “The Wines of British Columbia offer a true expression of their unique environment and pair perfectly with British Columbia’s west coast cuisine. We are proud to partner with Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and their partner restaurants to help promote sustainable seafood choices and encourage consumers to sip local and eat local.

Four of the ten participating restaurants featured sustainable seafood in their ChefmeetsGrape dishes, including winner O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar (Pinot Noir cured Pacific Provider wild pink salmon, warm Island chanterelle and bacon salad paired with 2009 Garry Oaks Pinot Noir) and runner-up Edible Canada at the Market (Kasu marinated Qualicum Bay scallops, crispy Sloping Hills pork belly, spiced Okanagan peach and apricot compote paired with 2010 JoieFarm A Noble Blend). Members of the BC Shellfish Grower’s Association were also on hand to delight the crowd with five varieties of Oysters at the Critics’ Choice Raw Bar.

For more information about the seventh annual ChefmeetsGrape, visit www.winebc.com.