Here is your official insider invitation to some of the upcoming in-store tastings and special events happening at our store as we kick off the holiday season!
RUFFINO ITALIAN WINE TASTING
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 <this is close to December>
Join us for a tasting event showcasing Ruffino Italian Wines to be paired with canapé style hor d’oeuvres.
CULMINA: PROPRIETOR IN-STORE TASTING
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07
Don and Elaine Triggs, former owners of Jackson-Triggs and owners of Culmina Family Estate Winery, will host an in-store tasting, personally greeting and pouring products from the estate for guests.
BELVEDERE BESPOKE 1.75 IN-STORE ENGRAVING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 08
Have your 1.75 litre bottle of Belvedere specially engraved just in time for the holiday season-a perfect personalized gift that will be cherished for years to come.
May 17, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – On Friday, June 22 2018 Hart House will host its second annual Long Table Dinner. Guests will gather around a shared long table to join an al fresco dinner paired with wines from the Okanagan Valley’s LaStella Winery. Hart House is located on a gorgeous 3-acre estate beside Burnaby’s tranquil Deer Lake, and the event is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the summer splendor of the lawns and flower gardens.
The evening will begin with an outdoor canapé reception featuring LaStella’s 2017 LaStellina Rosato. Like all of LaStella’s wines, the Rosato is carefully crafted to express the unique terroir of the South Okanagan vineyards where it is grown and made. Rasoul Salehi, La Stella’s Director of Sales & Marketing, will be on hand to introduce the sparkler, and four other LaStella wines will be paired with a special menu prepared by Chef Mike Genest, including
Please click here for tickets to the event, which is sure to be a highlight of the culinary season.
Long Table Dinner at Hart House Restaurant
Friday, June 22 2018
$139 per person including taxes and gratuities
Reservations online here
Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake
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About Hart House Restaurant: Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine. The 3-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage. Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations. Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden. Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.
Hart House Restaurant website
About LaStella Vineyards: LaStella was created to capture our vision of la dolce vita: fine food, wonderful wine, great music, and the good things in life. The winery is situated at Osoyoos Lake in the sunny South Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia. Here our vineyards produce great fruit and we craft them into such proprietary wines as Allegretto, Vivace and Maestoso. Each wine has its own story – and to convey this unique story we name our wines after Italian musical notes.
LaStella Vineyards website
Join BC wineries at Edible Canada for a stand-up grazing event pairing BC wine and Alberta food. In light of the recent boycott on the importation of BC wine to Alberta, we encourage the food and wine community to come together in a show of support for BC wineries and Alberta food.
Participating wineries include 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Haywire, Liquidity, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Poplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery as well as Mireille Sauvé with the Dames Wine project. Winery principals will be on hand to showcase their wines and talk to guests and celebrate the gains that the industry has made over the past two decades.
Wines will be showcased along with Alberta foods such as beef and bison made by Edible Canada and guest chefs.
All proceeds will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.
DATE AND TIME
Thu, 22 February 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
1596 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Road 13 Vineyards has been having a great season, winning awards, preparing their Advent Wine Calendar, and pairing their wines with Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook. Below is the latest news about these items directly from Road 13 Vineyards. Enjoy!
Notes from the Harvest:
Wine Advent Calendar
With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the wine lover on your list. Countdown the 12 days of Christmas with Road 13. The winery has a limited number of wine advent calendars available as of November 20th for $335 plus tax. Packaged in mid-summer to ensure a great selection of bottles, the wine calendar includes 12 bottles with many long sold out. For an added surprised, there are three different.
Winter in Wine Country – November 24 -26 | 11am – 4pm
Class in a Glass: paint pARTy – Saturday, November 25 | 1pm to 4pm
Road 13 Vineyards Wine Paring Recipe from Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook
On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines. Here is the press release for this interesting event. Enjoy!
Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity Wines, Noble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.
Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.
Come out to the BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard wine tasting on Thursday April 21 and experience more BC wine. There are so many BC wineries around now. I am in particular VERY interested to try their Riesling and Pinot Noir, as I did a BC Riesling Review last year, and this year I am now starting my BC Pinot Noir Review. Here is the tasting announcement from the BCWAS.
Join us for a fun tasting with Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation Vineyard!
Photo credit 8th Generation.
When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!
Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.
After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in OK Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!
8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two frizzante-style bubblies and their flagship Riesling.
Stefanie and Bernd with the 9th generation. Photo credit www.spiegel.de.
Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything!
Wines being poured include:
· 2015 Integrity frizzante
· 2014 Confidence frizzante
· 2014 Chardonnay
· 2015 Riesling Classic
· 2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Championship)
· 2013 Riesling Selection
· 2015 Riesling Selection tank sample
· 2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé
· 2012 Pinot Noir
· 2014 Cabernet/Merlot
· 2013 Syrah
· 2015 RedOne
And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.
The beautiful new tasting room at the winery.. Photo credit: 8th Generation
Date: Thursday April 21, 2016
Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.
Price: Members: only $39/ Guests: $55
Transit: It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.
From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.
From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.
You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.
Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.
As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.
2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until the end of March 2017. Only $40 for a whole 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 BC 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.
If you have never attended the ChefmeetsBCGrape, now is your time to attend, to taste BC wine, taste fantastic food by our chefs, and help the Art’s Club Theatre Company! Check out the announcement below. And buy your tickets! There are multiple events.
Vancouver, BC—The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series returns this September with three entertaining evenings that will feature fine BC wines and delectable cuisine pairings as well as incredible access to world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs.
These events will be social, lively, and informative, and offer the perfect opportunity to showcase both the flourishing wine industry and innovative fine dining establishments in the province. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.
The series opens with the ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, which will feature an extensive selection of BC’s award-winning wines perfectly paired with dishes created by top BC chefs. The events continue with two more intimate evenings: the Uncorked Kitchen Party, a new event dedicated to the prolific Oliver and Osoyoos wine region followed by the decadent Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. This final event will showcase reserve labels from the flagship Okanagan winery, accompanied by a menu of classic French-inspired cuisine.
DETAILED EVENT + TICKETING INFORMATION:
- Presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia
Wednesday, September 17, 7–9:30 PM: ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: $85 (Groups of 8 or more: $80 per ticket)
To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Guests will have the chance to discover lesser known BC VQA wines, taste old favourites, and talk one-on-one with skilled winemakers. More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring in excess of 350 wines. In addition, chefs from 15 restaurants will put out their finest culinary creations in the hopes of winning the Best Plate Pairing and Best Overall Dish awards. A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages as well as wine lots.
- Presented in association with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country
Thursday, September 18, 7–10PM: Uncorked Kitchen Party
Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Part-tasting, part-interactive cooking demonstration, this evening will centre around three top chefs, all based in the South Okanagan, preparing elegant tasting plates. Each dish will be expertly paired with exclusive wines, and 10 proprietors will be on-hand to explain more about the winemaking process. A pop-up tasting room will be stocked with labels from over 30 wineries.
- Tuesday, September 23, 6–9 PM: Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner
Bistro Pastis, 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $160 (with partial tax receipt)
To purchase, contact email@example.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248The Mission Hill Family Estate is famed for producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Featuring a four-course menu with wine pairings, the evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the winery, and include a chef’s demonstration by Bistro Pastis’ proprietor John Blakeley.
BC Sparkling Rose wine = Summer Treat. Enjoy it. Please see the announcement that I received from Okanagan Crush Pad, then stock up!
The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer.
Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier. “The Baby Bub is tasting fresh, fruity and fabulous”, noted Jordan, “and I am very happy with the results. We stayed consistent with the 2012 Pink Bub giving Baby Bub six grams of residual sugar. I love the texture as it has quite a bit of yeasty fullness. Although it is a new born, the bubbles are quite fine and you can see the direction the wine will take as it ages.”
The wine was made in the classic style using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. It was hand riddled and warm disgorged with a red wine dosage being added at final bottling. Like its bigger siblings, Baby Bub is closed with a crown cap ensuring that cork taint does not interfere with the wine.
This tiny bottle is a young, bright shade of pale rose and is packed full of raspberry, strawberry patch and lime zest character. Its singularly distinctive taste is gun flint which lends a smokey, stoney edge to the wine and keeps it in balance with its more berry salad side.
The first 100 cases of Baby Bub is being released this July long weekend at the winery and through the order desk exclusively. Priced at $13.90 and delivered in 12 – 375 ml bottle cases, sporting hot pink artwork, Baby Bub is sure to be a big hit this summer.