Spring Winemaker’s Dinner With Howling Bluff May 15

Do you like BC wine?  Have you ever attended a BC Wine Appreciation Society event, such as this excellent sounding winemaker’s dinner with Howling Bluff?  The menu and wines look fantastic.  Check it out and sign up if you are salivating.

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BCWASThe BCWAS is delighted to announce our 2017 spring dinner! This dinner is all about the awards. Glowbal at Telus Garden has won awards for architecture and design as well as – importantly – the food. We think it will be a great place to host owner Luke Smith of Howling Bluff Estate Winery. Luke has won too many wine awards to mention here: in addition to two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, he’s also garnered several Gold medals in Canadian and international competitions. Join us as we beat the winter blues! (After this winter, the blues will take a lot of beating!)

The Chef at Glowbal Telus Garden has crafted a menu especially for us:

Hamachi Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted Lamb Loin
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Charred Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast
Spring Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Slow Cooked Beef Tenderloin
Crispy Bone Marrow, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Baby Spinach, Cherry Bordelaise Sauce
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Seared Foie Gras, Dark Chocolate, Rye Cake, Beet Root
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Alternatively, for vegetarians we have something special as well:

Truffled Arancini
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted BC Mushrooms
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Peas & Carrots”
Spring Peas, Slow Cooked Baby Carrots, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Creamed Spinach, Crispy Walnuts, Soubise
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Sorbet Trio
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 6:30pm (please arrive earlier to be seated)
Place: Glowbal at Telus Garden, 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $159 Members / $174 Guests via Interac e-transfer to info@bcwas.com
OR $165 Members / $180 Guests via Paypal (below)
​Important things to note:There will be pre-arranged seating at this dinner. When you sign-up, e-mail us at info@bcwas.com and let us know your chosen dinner companions, and we will do our best to fit everyone in.​

Members $165.00 CAD
Non-Members $180.00 CAD

​Alternatively, cheques can be mailed to: BC Wine Appreciation SocietyPO Box 48912 Bentall Station, Vancouver, BC  V7X 1A8 ​  (Note: Receipt of your payment is required to hold your seat – please notify us by e-mail if you are mailing a cheque.)

2017/2018 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2018. Only $40 for more than a 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 membership@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 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.

Trivento – A Taste of Argentina at Seasons in the Park – Get Your Tickets

~ A Taste of Argentina ~

June 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Seasons in the Park

You will taste a diversity of Mendoza wines.

The tasting will start with entry level wines and then follow with wines more complex and deep in flavour. Our tasting line up… 

  • Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Amado Sur White

  • Amado Sur Red
  • Trivento Pinot Noir
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

And to enhance your tasting experience our Chef will create a delicious food pairing for each wine.

Cost is $35 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Reserve Your Seat(s)

Follow the link https://www.vancouverdine.com/group-event-deposit-form

Note: You will require the following information when reserving

Event location : Seasons

Date: Tasting Date
Name of event: Seasons Wine Tasting
Amount of deposit: $42.63 per person

For more information call 604.874.8008 or
email seasonsevents@vancouverdine.com

There are no physical tickets for our tasting events. Once you complete your purchase, you will be added to our Guest List.   Please check in at the Front Desk upon arrival.

www.vancouverdine.com

Argentine-style with Brunch at Good Wolf and Decero Wines

Finca Decero

Finca Decero

This event sounds like a very good time.  An Argentine style BBQ plus wines from Argentinean winery Decero.  I have tried Decero’s wines before and have recommended them.  BBQ rates highly with me too, so enjoying both together, would be a great way to cap off our wonderful summer, before the October-November rains are upon us.  Below is the announcement for this event.  Buy your tickets before they sell out!

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September 9, 2014, (Vancouver, BC) – It’s nearly fall and there’s the scent of an Argentine BBQ in the air at Good Wolf. Richard Goodine, owner of Good Wolf, and Stephanie Morton-Small, Export Director for Decero Wines, are hosting an ‘asado’ or Argentine BBQ brunch.

This event will be a fun and casual opportunity to taste Decero’s new Remolino’s Vineyard Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Amano wines. The all-inclusive brunch menu will include roasted pig-on-a-spit, brunch-style accompaniments and other delicious meats.

Brunch starts noon and carries on until 4 pm on Sunday, 21 September. Cost is $30 per person, which includes the meal and paired wines.

Argentine Asado with Decero Wines

Sunday September 21st 2014
Brunch reservations will be taken from noon – 4 pm
$30 per person plus taxes and gratuity
Tickets & information: events@goodwolfe.ca

Good Wolf kitchen & bar

1043 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Vancouver, BC

About Good Wolf kitchen & bar: Good Wolf is a neighbourhood bistro, neither pretentious nor unapproachable. West Coast inspired, rooted in traditional techniques, the menu celebrates the ingredients.

Good Wolf website here

Finca Decero

Decero is located in the Argentine foothills of the Andes. These vineyards are one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand, and the winemaking is without compromise. Decero means ‘from scratch’, and the winery is therefore fortunate to be free from constraints of tradition, allowing for an ‘amano’ or ‘by hand’ approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. Decero wines are distributed in BC by Appellation Wine Marketing.

Decero website here

Argentina Wine Awards 2014: Who Were the Winners?

The Trophy award winners

The Trophy award winners

Mendoza, February 25, 2014 – On Friday, February 21 at Bodega Escorihuela Gascón the winners of the Argentina Wine Awards 2014 were announced to a large crowd of over 250 wine owners, winemakers, provincial government authorities, wine industry executives, members of the judging panel and journalists.  The competition is organized by Wines of Argentina under the coordination of the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR).

  • 12 international and 6 Argentine judges tasted more than 650 samples.
  • Trophies were announced for the 20 categories, which in turn were divided into 5 price ranges each.
  • 150 wineries, with a total of 650 samples, participated in the 8th edition of the Argentina Wine Awards, a competition that seeks to reward both the quality and the advancement of the Argentine wine industry.
  • 4 Regional Trophies, 12 Trophies, 58 gold medals, 256 silver medals and 276 bronze medals were awarded at the competition.

In the Malbec category, the Trophies went to:

TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >13.00 <19.99

Es Vino Reserve Malbec 2012Es Vino Wines
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >20.00 >29.99

Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2011La Casa del Rey SA- Alta Vista
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >30.00 <49.99

Vineyard Selection Malbec 2012Riccitelli Wines
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >50.00

Republica del Malbec – Blend de Terroirs 2012Riccitelli Wines

In the sparkling wines category, the Trophy winners were:

Category: sparkling mt       >13.00 <19.99

Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs 2007

Familia Zuccardi

In the case of Cabernet Franc, the Trophies went to:

Category: cabernet franc       >20.00 <29.99 Numina Cabernet Franc 2011

Bodegas Salentein SA

Category: cabernet franc       >50.00

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2010

Andeluna Cellars Srl

On the last day of the AWA, an interesting 2-part seminar was held. During the first part of the seminar, 6 international judges presented to the audience “heavyweight”wines which are successful in other markets not only because of their sales volume but also because of their wineries’ sustainability over time.

During the 2nd part, the same 6 international judges spoke about their markets and gave their feedback on the regional Argentine market focusing on the tasted wines.  This seminar, held every year in the framework of the AWA, fosters the exchange of views in the world of wine.

“The AWA 2014 winners, a sampling of the best of Argentine wine, will be representing Wines of Argentina throughout the year around the world.  This 8th edition has been particularly important due to the presence of highly regarded judges, the quality of the participating wines and the feedback given during the seminar,” said Alberto Arizu, President of Wines of Argentina.

List of Trophy winners – AWA 2014:    

TROPHIES AWA 2014

SPARKLING – méthode traditionelle

TROPHY

Category: sparkling mt

       >13.00 <19.99

Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs 2007Familia Zuccardi

TORRONTÉS

TROPHY

Category: torrontés

       >13.00 <19.99

Colomé Torrontés 2013

Bodega Colomé

CABERNET FRANC

TROPHY

Category: cabernet franc

       >20.00 <29.99

Numina Cabernet Franc 2011

Bodegas Salentein SATROPHY

Category: cabernet franc

       >50.00

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2010

Andeluna Cellars Srl

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
TROPHY Category: cabernet sauvignon

       >30.00 <49.99

Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Viña Cobos SA

MALBEC

TROPHY Category: malbec

       >13.00 <19.99Es Vino Reserve Malbec 2012

Es Vino WinesTROPHYCategory: malbec

       >20.00 >29.99Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2011

La Casa del Rey SA- Alta VistaTROPHYCategory: malbec

       >30.00 <49.99

Vineyard Selection Malbec 2012

Riccitelli Wines

TROPHYCategory: malbec

       >50.00

Republica del Malbec – Blend de Terroirs 2012

Riccitelli Wines

RED BLENDS
TROPHY Category: red blend

       >13.00 <19.99Paz Blend 2012

Finca Las Moras

TROPHYCategory: red blend

       >30.00 <49.99Field Blend 2011

Zorzal Wines

TROPHYCategory: red blend

       >50.00

Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard 2011

Finca Decero

For the 1st time, there was presentation of a special Trophy for each of Argentina’s main regions – the North, San Juan, Mendoza and Patagonia – with the aim of bestowing an even stronger federal quality on the event and bringing in wineries from all over the country.

The winners of this new category were:

North Valleys – Serie Fincas Notables Malbec 2011, Bodega El Esteco 

San Juan Valleys – Paz Blend 2012, Finca Las Moras

Mendoza Valleys – Lindaflor Malbec 2009, Monteviejo

Patagonian Valleys – Fin Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010, Bodega del Fin Del Mundo

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About the Argentina Wine Awards

The 8th edition of the AWA took place in Mendoza from February 16 to 21, 2014. This year, the emphasis was placed on working with experienced, world-renowned wine figures from each market, in order to strengthen Argentina’s positioning in such markets as well as to promote the quality of Argentine wines and the variety of the country’s styles and terroirs through these knowledgeable experts. In this way, Wines of Argentina continues to work for the development of the image of Argentine wine on the global stage.

 About Wines of Argentina

Wines of Argentina is the organization responsible for promoting the brand VINO ARGENTINO around the world. Since 1993, WofA has promoted the image of local wines abroad, in addition to guiding the export strategy of Argentine wineries through careful study and analysis of the changes taking place 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.

 About the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR): 

The Argentine Wine Corporation manages and articulates the activities required in order to achieve the goals stated in the 2020 Strategic Wine Plan, taking up the challenge of transforming the wine sector and strategically boosting its strengths and opportunities in the global market of wine, concentrated grape juice, raisins, and table grapes. The Strategic Plan has been designed to add value to the industry by the organization and integration of all the stakeholders along the chain, with a view to producing higher quality wines, and achieving greater consistency across all segments and products. www.coviar.com.ar Facebook: Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR)  Twitter: @Coviar1

Want to Try More Wines from Argentina? Here’s How.

Celebrate Argentina Wines 2009There are some free tastings of Argentinean wine for those of us that live in the Vancouver, BC lower mainland.   I’m sure there will be Malbecs and Torrontes, but maybe some new ones for you, such as Bonarda, Syrah, or Pinot Grigio from Argentina.

There are 3 tastings coming up at the BCLDB flagship 39th & Cambie liquor store:

  • Friday October 4th, 2:30 – 6:30 PM
  • Saturday October 5th, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday October 10th, 2:30 – 6:30 PM

These are casual tastings –drop by and enjoy several wines, accompanied with traditional empanadas from Panaderia Latina Bakery (that’s located 1 block north of Joyce skytrain station BTW).

You may also want to read about my latest Argentine wine picks from the Celebrate Argentina event last week.  Here is the link to my Argentina wine picks. Enjoy!

Win Tickets to the Celebrate Argentina Tasting

Celebrate Argentina

Celebrate Argentina

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Wines of Argentina will host Celebrate One Night In Argentina.  With DJs, a graffiti artist and more than 30 wineries, the evening will be a lively festival of modern Argentine culture.   The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help fundraising efforts.  Enter the MyWinePal contest for your chance to win 2 tickets to the fantastic event.

About Argentina and Their Wine

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and produces about four times as much wine as Chile.  Spanish colonization in 1541 brought over Vitis Vinifera vines and the first record of a vineyard dates back to 1557 in Santiago del Estero. Vines came from different sources, including Italy.

The country is known for Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Barbera, Lambrusco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and others. The most widely planted white varietals are Pedro Xeminez, Moscatel, Torrontes, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay and others.

The Event: Where, When, and How Much?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Jewel Ballroom
1495 West 8th Avenue (at Granville), Vancouver

Tickets $49; available through www.winesofargentina.ca
$10 discount with promotional code greatwine makes them a deal at $39

Contest to Win 2 Tickets!

Would you like to wine 2 tickets to this awesome event?  For your chance to win, do the following:

  1. Send out the tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to #CelebrateArgentina from @mywinepal”
  2. Post a comment below with your favourite wine from Argentina that you have tasted or your favourite grape from Argentina.

One pair of tickets will be randomly on September 23, 2013 from all entries, and the winner will be notified on Twitter.

BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help

The foundation, formed in fall 2006, was inspired by the desire to help long-time wine agent Michael Willingham with the money he needed for both a costly surgery and the rehabilitation time that would follow.

This desire to help Michael brought forward a need to establish a trust fund that could be used to help anyone within the food service, beverage, and hospitality industry who required extraordinary support due to illness or accident.

Read more here about the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Malbec World Day Free Tastings in BC

World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day

Argentinean Malbec has been a hot red wine for a few years already around the world.  To celebrate Malbec, some BC liquor stores and wine shops will be offering Malbec tastings.  Below is the info I received.  Hope you have a chance to enjoy!

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Red wine lovers, mark your calendars!  Free Argentinean Malbec tastings to stock up for celebrating Malbec World Day on April 17, 2013.

 In-store tastings to stock your cellar for Malbec World Day:

  •  Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 2013 in more than 20 BCLDB Signature Stores in British Columbia
  •  Saturday, April 13, 2013 the following private retailers will also host celebrations that will include food pairing

o   Marquis Wine Cellar – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
o   Legacy Liquor Store – 2:00 – 6:00 pm
  Everything Wine Stores – all 3 locations from 2:00 – 6:00 pm

These free tastings will give consumers an opportunity to ‘stock up’ for Malbec World Day while putting British Columbia on the map of celebrations being held around the world on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013.  They are a great opportunity to explore what Argentina has to offer.

Follow the international celebrations of Malbec World Day on social networks at

·        Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/winesofargentina

·        Twitter – @WinesofArg and @ArgentinaWineCA

·        Hashtag – #MalbecWorldDay

·        Share your toast scenes via Instagram and Vine. Tag photos & videos with #MalbecWorldDay

·        Taking’ it to the Streets Video on Malbec World Day ….  http://vimeo.com/61269796

About Malbec World Day: 

April 17 2013 will mark the third annual Malbec World Day.  The day was established by Wines of Argentina to celebrate the country’s flagship varietal as well as raise awareness around the globe of the quality and variety of wines produced by Argentina.  This year’s Malbec World Day will include more than 70 events in 45 countries worldwide.

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.

http://www.winesofargentina.ca/

A Few Value Wine Finds at New Westminster Liquor Store

I had a chance to drop by the New Westminster BCLDB Liquor store at the bottom of Royal Ave yesterday and saw a few wines on sale and other interesting wines. Here are a few quick snapshots from my camera on the wines. I think you should be able to pick them up at the same price at other BCLDB stores. Enjoy!

Viu Manent Malbec 2011

Viu Manent Malbec 2011 – An outrageously cheap price.

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Always good quality from New Zealand.

Picpoul de pinet

Picpoul de pinet – an interesting white grape from France. Exceptional price.

Alive Red and White

Alive Red and White. Two quality organic wines from Summerhill Winery.

TASTE Resto-Lounge Opens Downtown – Food, Art, Music

Taste Resto Lounge chandelier and bar

Taste Resto Lounge chandelier and bar

Last week was the opening of TASTE Resto Lounge at 560 Seymour Street, in downtown Vancouver. It is next door to the nightclub, FIVESIXTY, so you may want to have a nibble here before dancing the night away.

On this evening we were served mini versions of the share plate menu items. Upon entering TASTE, you are struck by the red glass chandeliers, giving a Gothic or Bordello type atmosphere, depending on who you ask. At the back of the room is a long table, where you can sit with your friends, and make new friends, while you eat and drink, and view the featured artists’ paintings on the walls.

Sharing Plates Samples

Charcuterie at TASTE Resto Lounge

Charcuterie at TASTE Resto Lounge

We were given tastings of:

  • charcuterie, with a mix of sausages, prosciutto, capicollo, artisanal cheese, and sweet pickled beets
  • house smoked chicken liver pate with capicollo, pickled beets, pesto, onion marmalade on a crostini
  • bacon chutney with pear and brie stack and a chimmichurri sauce on a crostini
  • a salad of roma tomatoes, fresh Bocconcini with diced cucumber and white balsamic pesto

I think my favourite item was the chicken liver pate.  Lots of flavour, and paired nice with a glass of prosecco.  All of the ingredients, I was told, are local and organic by Executive Chef Renaldo Decembrini.

Wine and Other Drinks

The wine list has a range of wines from around the world, but BC wines were missing.  It would be nice to add in one white and one red in the list.  The food and wine list were designed to be complementary and they have some selections with food and wine pairings on a chalk board beside the long table in the back of TASTE.

On the white wine side, you can enjoy a glass of Marisco the Ned Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, full of herbal character, and have with a salad.  The Canti Prosecco as I mentioned to go with the chicken liver pate. Try the Fritz Riesling or the Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc with the charcuterie.

There are 2 Argentinean Malbecs to choose; Pascual Toso  and Dona Paula. I did have a sip of the Marques de la Mancha Tempranillo, very full bodied, lots of dark fruit and very smooth and silky. Definitely would pair nicely with the charcuterie or their house smoked beef tenderloin.

In addition, there are some BC/Canadian beers on tap.  They also invented some cocktails that are meant to pair with their share plates.  I did not have a chance to try these, but maybe on my next visit.

I wish TASTE Resto-Lounge the best of luck in their launch.

Charcuterie menu at TASTE

Charcuterie menu at TASTE

salad of roma tomatoes Bocconcini and cucumber

Salad of roma tomatoes, Bocconcini, and cucumber

TASTE chalk board recommendations

TASTE chalk board recommendations

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