Celebrate New Years in the Okanagan with the BCWAS

BCWASThis arrived in my email box recently from the BC Wine Appreciation Society, and it sounds like a fun way to enjoy New Years without having to worry about where you are staying and also not needing to drive.  And it’s in the Okanagan!

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Escape to Wine Country for a four-day, three-night New Year’s Eve getaway at the fabulous Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos, with BC Wine Appreciation Society!

Why pay big bucks for a one-night New Year’s party in Vancouver, when you can visit Wine Country for a four-day celebration instead? Let us do the driving from Vancouver – all you have to do is have fun!

Included in this trip are:

  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation at Walnut Beach Resort, December 29, 30, and 31. Soak in the hot tubs, steam in the sauna, savour the view!  (Room upgrades available – see below for more information.)
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31: enjoy New Year’s Eve with wine, dinner & dancing at the fabulous Miradoro Restaurant, Tinhorn Creek
  • Wine touring December 30 (Oliver/Osoyoos) and December 31 (OK Falls)
  • 2nd annual Polar Bear Swim party at Walnut Beach. Dare to Polar Bear!
  • Luxury bus transportation from Vancouver, leaving Sunday December 29, returning Wednesday January 1 (bus can also stop in Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack if requested)

Optional events (with free transportation) include:

  • Dinner at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Sun Dec 29
  • Dinner at Watermark Hotel with Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars Mon Dec 30
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach

(Optional events will incur an extra cost. See below for details.)

 Scroll down to see the full itinerary!

 Click here to see how much fun we had on this tour last year! http://www.bcwas.com/resources/BCWAS+Newsletter+-+Mar+2013.pdf
(see page 7)

Special Early Bird Pricing!!!
Sign up before November 15, and save $52 per couple! ($26 single)

BCWAS member price: (also includes participating wine clubs)

$449 per person, double occupancy ($475 after Nov. 15)
$599 per person, single occupancy  ($625 after Nov. 15)

Non-BCWAS member price:

$475 per person, double occupancy ($499 after Nov. 15)
$625 per person, single occupancy  ($649 after Nov. 15)

Join BCWAS and save! If you join BCWAS to come on this tour, we will extend your membership to March of 2015 – that’s 15 months of our fun events. Click here http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html to join.

Save even more! If you’d rather mail us a cheque instead of paying with PayPal, couples save $12 per person and singles save $17. Mail us your cheque, subtracting the PayPal charge. (No post-dated cheques accepted.)

Optional events: (events include all taxes and gratuities and free bus)

  • Terrafina Dinner Sunday Dec 29: $55 per person, including wine
  • Fairview Cellars/Watermark Dinner Monday Dec 30: $95 per person, including four specially-prepared courses and wine
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach: $30 per person

Contact events@bcwas.com to reserve.

Prices include all taxes, gratuities and fees. No hidden surprises!

Please note: there are only 35 spaces available, and the notice is being sent to other people as well as BCWAS members, so sign up FAST if you want to come to the biggest party of the year!

Brian and Kristal have already signed up – what are you waiting for?

Click here to sign up  http://bcwas.com/NYEscapetoWineCountry.html

Room upgrades: 1-bedroom lake view add $34.50 per night (double occupancy)
2-bedroom lake view add $57.50 per night (double occupancy)
Room upgrades payable at check-in. Contact events@bcwas.com to upgrade.

Or: mail a cheque to:

BC Wine Appreciation Society
PO Box 48912
Bentall Station
Vancouver, BC,  V7X 1A8

Questions?   Email us at events@bcwas.com.  Hope to see you there!

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My New Year’s Resolution for 2013 – C’est le français

Moules au camembert

Moules au camembert

I’m pretty good at keeping New Year’s resolutions.  Some that I have made that I’ve kept have been to exercise regularly, and to have a glass of wine a day if possible.  Both are good for your health.

For 2013, my resolution, or maybe better described as a “goal” is to visit monthly at least 1 French restaurant  located here in the Vancouver lower mainland that I can in 2013, and to blog about it.

Why French Restaurants?

I’ve travelled twice to France and have fallen in love with their food.  Probably the best meal in my life was in a small restaurant in Chenonceau located in the Loire Valley. In addition, I have been a lover of French wine, in particular Burgundy and Loire wines.  So visiting French restaurants and enjoying my meal with French wine, seems like a perfect pairing to me! How does that sound to you?

 

Coq au vin served with a glass of Bordeaux wine

Coq au vin served with a glass of Bordeaux wine

The restaurants that are currently on my to visit list are:

  • Le Gavroche
  • Le Bistro Chez Michel
  • The French Table
  • Les Faux Bourgeois
  • Jules Bistro
  • Bistro Pastis
  • Le Crocodile
  • Le Parisien

As you can see I have 8 listed.  That leaves room for 4 restaurants which you can suggest for me to visit.  Please post your comment as to which additional French restuarant I should visit and what is your favourite dish from that restaurant.  Merci Beaucoup and Bonne Année et Bonne Santé!

Want a Champagne Icewine Cocktail?

I was just browsing around on the web and I found this recipe for a champagne with icewine cocktail recipe and thought I’d pass it along to you. Although the recipe is listed as “champagne”, it really should be identified as “sparkling wine” as champagne is only from the Champagne region in France.

Since this is a long weekend, you may want to make some tonight or on Sunday night with friends. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Fusion Royale Champagne Cocktail

By Scott McTaggart, Fusion Grill, Winnipeg
750 ml bottle sparkling wine (suggests Sumac Ridge Stellar’s Jay)
375 ml bottle icewine (suggests Inniskillin Vidal)
Preserved Bing cherries

Fill champagne flutes 3/4 full of sparkling wine. Add a dash of icewine to each. Drop in a cherry.

Makes 6 servings.

Free Sparkling Wine and New Years Party Favors

How would you like to enjoy some free sparkling wine and New Years Party favours on Dec 29?  A few days before New Year’s Eve, but it’s meant to get you in the spirit, to get you to try some sparkling wine, and maybe buy some for your New Years Party.  Here is a press release I received.  Enjoy!

Henkell Bubbly in the Spotlight at “Practice” New Year’s Party

For Immediate Release

December 2, 2010 (Vancouver, BC) – Put on your dancing shoes and tune up your noisemaker:  New Year’s Eve is just around the corner!  In preparation for the big event, join us for a “practice” party featuring Henkell sparkling wines on Wednesday, December 29 2010Guests at the 39th & Cambie BC Signature Store will enjoy complimentary samples of Henkell Brut and Rosé in a festive atmosphere that will be a great warm-up for the year’s end.

Sparkling wines are synonymous with celebration, and Henkell’s bubblies are always a popular choice because they provide exceptional value.  The event on December 29th is a great chance to taste the Henkell Brut and Rosé in advance of your New Year’s Eve celebration on the 31st.

Guests will enjoy complimentary sparkling wine samples along with party music, a disco ball, party hats and blowers, and a New Year’s Eve countdown every half hour.  Each guest will also receive a small gift for participating in this “dry run” for the big day.  So join us as we get ready to say goodbye to 2010 and welcome in the New Year!

The best-selling sparkling wine in Canada, Henkell’s tradition-rich cellar from Wiesbaden, Germany, was founded in 1856 and is one of the world’s best known and most prestigious producers. Today Henkell Trocken is synonymous with German sparkling wine in more than 80 countries.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
4:00 – 7:00pm
39th & Cambie BCLDB Signature Store
5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Burnaby’s Hart House for Christmas and New Year Dinners

I recently received this email about upcoming Christmas and New Year’s dinners at the Hart House Restaurant here in Burnaby.  I think it is a nice restaurant, and am passing along this information, just in case you are wondering where you can go for a nice holiday dinner.  Also, Hart House offers 25% off bottles of wine every Tuesday in the dining room.

Enjoy!

Celebrate the Holidays at Hart House

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2010 (Vancouver, BC) – Hart House Restaurant has become a holiday tradition.  With its elegant heritage house setting, outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine, and extensive award-winning wine list, Hart House offers a variety of ways to celebrate the season.

DICKENS LUNCHEON BUFFET – December 6th to 23rd, Available Monday to Friday

Always a favorite, our seasonal buffet menu is perfect for your corporate group lunch and includes hearty fare such as Roasted Turkey, Carved Country Ham, Root Vegetables, and Warm Bread Pudding.

·         $35 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Two seating times:  11:00am or 1:30pm

·         Reservations by phone only

CHRISTMAS DINNER – December 25th, 2010

Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner will all the trimmings without the hassle and stress of spending the day in the kitchen.

·         $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Early seating times:  4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30

·         Late seating times:  7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30

·         Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER – December 31st, 2010

The perfect way to ring in the New Year!  The early seating offers three courses, and the late seating offers five courses.

·         Early seatings (5:30 or 6:00pm) – $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Late seatings (8:30 or 9:00pm) – $78 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

And don’t forget, Hart House offers 25% off bottles of wine every Tuesday in the dining room, to complement our a la carte lunch and dinner.  Take advantage of this opportunity to explore our award-winning cellar with friends, family, or colleagues.

We look forward to celebrating with you over the holidays!

Hart House at Deer Lake

6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

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Reservations by phone only at 604-298-4278

www.harthouserestaurant.com

Celebrate the Holidays at Hart House

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2010 (Vancouver, BC) – Hart House Restaurant has become a holiday tradition.  With its elegant heritage house setting, outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine, and extensive award-winning wine list, Hart House offers a variety of ways to celebrate the season.

DICKENS LUNCHEON BUFFET – December 6th to 23rd, Available Monday to Friday

Always a favorite, our seasonal buffet menu is perfect for your corporate group lunch and includes hearty fare such as Roasted Turkey, Carved Country Ham, Root Vegetables, and Warm Bread Pudding.

· $35 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

· Two seating times:  11:00am or 1:30pm

· Reservations by phone only

CHRISTMAS DINNER – December 25th, 2010

Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner will all the trimmings without the hassle and stress of spending the day in the kitchen.

· $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

· Early seating times:  4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30

· Late seating times:  7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30

· Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER – December 31st, 2010

The perfect way to ring in the New Year!  The early seating offers three courses, and the late seating offers five courses.

· Early seatings (5:30 or 6:00pm) – $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

· Late seatings (8:30 or 9:00pm) – $78 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

· Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

And don’t forget, Hart House offers 25% off bottles of wine every Tuesday in the dining room, to complement our a la carte lunch and dinner.  Take advantage of this opportunity to explore our award-winning cellar with friends, family, or colleagues.

We look forward to celebrating with you over the holidays!

Hart House at Deer Lake

6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

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Reservations by phone only at 604-298-4278

www.harthouserestaurant.com

Celebrate the Holidays at Hart House

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2010 (Vancouver, BC) – Hart House Restaurant has become a holiday tradition.  With its elegant heritage house setting, outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine, and extensive award-winning wine list, Hart House offers a variety of ways to celebrate the season.

DICKENS LUNCHEON BUFFET – December 6th to 23rd, Available Monday to Friday

Always a favorite, our seasonal buffet menu is perfect for your corporate group lunch and includes hearty fare such as Roasted Turkey, Carved Country Ham, Root Vegetables, and Warm Bread Pudding.

·         $35 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Two seating times:  11:00am or 1:30pm

·         Reservations by phone only

CHRISTMAS DINNER – December 25th, 2010

Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner will all the trimmings without the hassle and stress of spending the day in the kitchen.

·         $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Early seating times:  4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30

·         Late seating times:  7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30

·         Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER – December 31st, 2010

The perfect way to ring in the New Year!  The early seating offers three courses, and the late seating offers five courses.

·         Early seatings (5:30 or 6:00pm) – $58 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Late seatings (8:30 or 9:00pm) – $78 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

·         Reservations by phone required for both early and late seating

And don’t forget, Hart House offers 25% off bottles of wine every Tuesday in the dining room, to complement our a la carte lunch and dinner.  Take advantage of this opportunity to explore our award-winning cellar with friends, family, or colleagues.

We look forward to celebrating with you over the holidays!

Hart House at Deer Lake

6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

#     #     #

Reservations by phone only at 604-298-4278

www.harthouserestaurant.com