SEMIAHMOO RESORT PRESENTS THE RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS VINTNER DINNER

Rodney Strong dinner at Semiahmoo ResortWho: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa and Rodney Strong Vineyards

What: Rodney Strong Vineyards Vintner Dinner

When: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 9 p.m

Where: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, Wash. 98230-9326

Cost: Dinner: $125 per person
Overnight stay: $439 for two

Details: For 55 years, Rodney Strong Vineyards have been pursuing the passion of winemaking deep within California wine country’s Sonoma County. Today, the winery continues to emphasize the art of winemaking, but with a modern twist.

Three families have contributed to the vineyards’ reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, starting with Rod Strong who established the winery in 1961. At the time, it was the 13th winery in the wine industry in Sonoma County. A few years later, Rick Sayre became winemaker in 1979. Then came the Klein Family who purchased the winery in 1989 as fourth generation California farmers.

Today, Rodney Strong Vineyards still stands out as one of the best varietal wines in the area producing 12 wines utilizing the winery’s 14 vineyard estates. Among those varietal wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Meritage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Semiahmoo Resort’s Rodney Strong Vintner Dinner begins with Chef Bruno Feldeisen’s warm spot prawn Waldorf Salad with smoked ikura roe, paired with the 2015 Charlotte’s Home sauvignon blanc.

The second course features roasted Neah Bay sablefish with a cauliflower puree and brown butter, paired with the 2014 Chaulk Hill chardonnay.

The third course consists of Sage and Sky Farm lamb and black truffle meatloaf with sweet-onion soubise and fennel confit paired with the 2013 Symmetry Reserve meritage red.

The fourth course includes a carved Wagyu Beef tenderloin with black garlic, Foie Gras and rosemary jus paired with a 2013 Alexander’s Crown Vineyard Reserve cabernet sauvignon.

To finish the meal Chef Feldeisen will serve his homemade tiramisu ice cream with espresso sauce and pistachio meringue for dessert, paired with the 2009 A True Gentleman’s port.

Wine Country Half Marathons in USA and Canada

If you are a long distance runner and live in either BC, Washington, Oregon, or California, there is a wine-related race for you.  Details below.  Enjoy!

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Destination Races

Destination Races (Image courtesy http://destinationraces.com/runbc/)

March 26, 2015 – Sonoma, Calif. – Destination Races, creator of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, has partnered with game-changing brands across respected categories to expand its on-course and off-course consumer experience. Newton Running is back for the second year as the series Presenting Sponsor; Alaska Airlines has become the Presenting Sponsor of the Wine and Music Festival; Fitbit as the market leader in connected health and fitness, CamelBak hydration systems, GU Energy Labs athlete nutrition and SOLS’ custom 3D printed insoles are also new to the Series this year and will extend their partnerships to 2016 and 2017. Each sponsor will offer a unique and captivating experience to the Wine Country Half Marathon Series.

Destination Races has attracted a complementary and collaborative sponsor portfolio that will be instrumental to helping heighten the race weekend experience for all participants. The sponsor portfolio reflects the Destination Races brand mission: To deliver unforgettable race experiences celebrating why we run – capturing imaginations, encouraging camaraderie, inspiring courage and fueling passions.

Today’s race event landscape and half marathon calendars are booming, and consumers face a flood of race choices. As a result, sponsor brands are getting lost in the noise. According to Running USA, nearly two million people finished a half-marathon in the U.S. last year, an all-time high and a fourfold increase from 2000. Yet, there are few “destination” races that really capitalize on the local experience around the half marathon event while also creating several intimate opportunities for the racers to interact with the multiple supporting brands.

Sponsors are rethinking their strategies and seeking higher-quality events that offer more than just a start, finish and medal. Destination Races offers sponsors multiple intimate events, receptions and activities in which to interact with key active consumers. The seven wine country half marathons, spanning across prominent wine regions in North America, offer signature, hand-selected settings and tastefully planned schedules that can be experienced over an unforgettable three-day weekend. Destination Races offers the perfect race weekend for runners and food and wine enthusiasts alike, complete with scenic courses, post-race Wine and Music festivals, and exclusive access to renowned wineries, gourmet tastings and local personalities.

Each individual race within the series is set apart and unique to the local region. Destination Races works with the tourism boards and winery associations along with the wine makers themselves to offer the very best of the different wine regions. This also gives participants access to exclusive local hotels and B&Bs during the weekend, often at special rates.

“Destination Races offers a first-class, memorable lifestyle experience that is relatively unique to the endurance industry,” states Destination Races founder and President Matt Dockstader. “We feel it’s important to partner with brands that share our goals and have a passion not only for running, but also the high-touch, wine country experience. We are extremely excited to showcase all these fantastic brands and their creative activations in our series this year!”

Other noteworthy partners of Destination Races include Clif Bar, Kicking Horse Organic Fair Trade Coffee, Purity Organic Juices, Calistoga Olive Oil, RedFox Wireless Headphones, Krave Jerky, Hint Water, ElliptiGO, Zim’s Max-Freeze Muscle and Joint Pain Reliever, Enduropacks Nutrition System, Scharffen Berger Chocolates, Stance Socks, and Lagunitas Brewing

About Destination Races
Destination Races, based in Sonoma, California, is the pioneer producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Founded in 2004, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series consists of seven races across prestigious wine regions in North America. Offering unforgettable experiences on and off the course, including the popular post-race wine and music festival, runners travel far and wide for these boutique destination races. The race series attracts elite runners as well as food and wine enthusiasts who share their common bond of running and celebration. The Wine Country Half Marathon Series has limited fields in each event to ensure the participants and their guests can enjoy all the race weekends have to offer, including exclusive winery tours, plus receptions and dinners featuring the local bounty at esteemed wineries and other unique venues.

Current races include – Santa Barbara, Northern Virginia, Napa-to-Sonoma, Oregon (Willamette Valley), Kelowna, B.C., Healdsburg, and Temecula Valley, California.

For more information on the event series and Destination Races, go to http://www.destinationraces.com, friend them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @winecountryhalf, and see exclusive race images on Instagram

California Wines

Having Fun California Cruisin’ at Vancouver International Wine Festival

When you hear the term “California Cruisin” what do you think?  If you are me, it would be the beach, surf boards, the Beach Boys, and in general having fun.  Having fun is what we did have at the California Cruisin’ event for the Vancouver International Wine Festival last night at Brix Restaurant & Bar in Yaletown.  This was a walk-about event, with wines being poured from at least 12 different California producers (mainly from Sonoma and Napa Valleys), and various nibbles being passed around, made by Brix.

On the white wine side, all were Chardonnay.  But don’t think big, fat, oaky Chardonnay.  These were all leaner, had a stone / tropical fruit, green pea flavour/aroma component, and a light touch of oak, if it was oaked.  Very refreshing.

The red wine side was a bit more varied with Cabernet Sauvignon, of course, but there were a few Pinot Noirs, and some Petite Sirah blends.  I’ve noticed in the past 2 years that more California Petite Sirah is being available here in BC.   If you haven’t tried Petite Sirah before you should give it a try.  It can be hard and tannic, needing aging, but the ones I tried last night were very inviting.  The grape can have flavours of black pepper, blackberries, blueberries, spice and licorice.  Two that I had at this event were the Michael David Winery Petite Petit, 2011, and the Concannon Vineyard Conservancy Crimson & Clover 2010.  They will likely be available for tasting at the Festival tasting room starting this Thursday evening.  Also a shout out to the “big” California winery, Robert Mondavi.  They were pouring a really nice Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2011, and a Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 2012.  And if you want a more serious red wine with some tannic structure try the Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Enjoy the food and wine pictures that I took during the event, and check out my twitter feed @mywinepal to watch my VINE video!

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

Liberty School Central Coast Chardonnay 2011

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

LA Style Korean BBQ Beef Tacos

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Michael David Petite Petit 2011

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Concannon Conservancy Crimson and Clover 2010

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Win 2 Tickets to Sonoma in the City Contest

Napa Valley in California is very famous.  Most people know about their big Cabernet Sauvignons. But it’s next door neighbour, Sonoma Valley may not be as familiar to you.  In my opinion it is not as flashy as Napa, but produces excellent quality wines.  On Feb 5 an evening tasting at the Terminal City Club will offer wine lovers the chance to taste wines from over 20 Sonoma County wineries. The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Give Sonoma a try!  Details about purchasing tickets are below, but you also have a chance to win 2 tickets from MyWinePal.  In order to get an entry you can:

  1. Tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to Sonoma in the City tasting on Feb 5 from @MyWinePal. #sonomawine in support of @BCHospitality”
  2. Post a comment below, naming a winery that is located in Sonoma County.

The contest will close on January 30.  You will be contacted by MyWinePal if you are the winner.  If you are not the winner, you can still buy a ticket and use my promo code below for a $10 discount.

Sonoma in the City

Where, When, How Much?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets $55; available here: https://www.eply.com/sonomainthecity

$10 discount with promotional code SCV14 makes them a great deal at $45

If you would like to learn a bit more about Sonoma County wines, please click on this link to a past article I published on Sonoma wines.

Back to Back Sonoma County Wine Events Next Week

Ferrari Carano Sonoma County Fume Blanc 2010

Ferrari Carano Sonoma County Fume Blanc 2010

Napa Valley in California is very famous.  Most people know about their big Cabernet Sauvignons. But it’s next door neighbour, Sonoma Valley may not be as familiar to you.  In my opinion it is not as flashy as Napa, but produces excellent quality wines.  Next week you can have a few opportunities to try some of the wines from Sonoma, and at the same time helping the Arts Umbrella.  Below is the announcement about the events next week and where you can buy tickets to their events.  Give Sonoma a try!

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November 7, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Next week, Vancouverites will have two days to sip and savour the extraordinary wines of Sonoma County in either a ballroom setting or at an intimate winemakers dinner, all to benefit Arts Umbrella.   Back by popular demand, both events will welcome the County’s premier wineries as they come north to promote signature Sonoma wines at these back to back events.

Sonoma Winemakers Dinners

Rodney Strong winery

Rodney Strong winery

On Tuesday, November 13, foodies or oenophiles can first enjoy an intimate dinner in a truly unique setting – participating in simultaneous dinners at Brix Restaurant at Lounge, hosted by Mike & Tara of the Mike and Tara in the Morning show on QM/FM.  Upon arrival, all guests will be welcomed at a reception in funky George Ultra Lounge, then move upstairs to the dinner of their choice in either the garden courtyard setting or the elegant dinner room.  Four esteemed Sonoma County wineries will participate in each dinner, paired with a decadent four-course menu.  Guests will be treated to a compelling musical performance by the inspiring students of Arts Umbrella’s Pre-Professional Theatre Program.  Tickets are $150 each.  Very limited tickets still available. Participating wineries include:

  • Davis Bynum
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Dutcher Crossing Winery
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • J Vineyards & Winery
  • Kunde Family Estate
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • Rodney Strong
    (My personal motto for this winery is “You can’t go wrong with Rodney Strong”. You can depend on all their wines IMHO.)
  • Siduri Wines

A Taste of Sonoma

If you recover from the night before, you can also enjoy the full bounty of Sonoma wines along with 300 other guests at the elegant Sutton Place Hotel on Wednesday, November 14.  Hosted by CTV News Anchor, Coleen Christie, over 20 wineries will participate, offering guests a chance to meet the vintners, find their new favourite wine and bid on auction packages, all to support Arts Umbrella.   Tickets are $65 each.  Participating wineries include:

  • Benovia Winery
  • Davis Bynum
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Dutcher Crossing Winery
  • Ehret Family Winery
  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery (if you ever travel to Sonoma, you must visit this winery.  Beautiful!)
  • Folie a Deux Winery
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • J Vineyards & Winery
  • Kendall-Jackson
  • Kosta Browne Winery
  • Kunde Family Estate
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards (Try their Chardonnay.)
  • Pedroncelli Winery
  • Pezzi King Vineyards
  • Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery (Try their Pinot Noir.)
  • Seghesio Family Vineyards
  • Siduri Wines / Novy Family Winery

To reserve your tickets to either event, visit www.artsumbrella.com/wine

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TWO Sonoma Winemakers’ Dinners

Tuesday, November 12, 2012
Brix Restaurant & Lounge (courtyard & restaurant)

$150 a ticket

A Taste of Sonoma

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sutton Place Hotel

$65 a ticket

About Sonoma County Vintners:

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 175 wineries of all sizes throughout the county.

Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

About Arts Umbrella:

Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to bringing the best in arts education to as many children as possible. Programs in visual and performing arts for children and youth ages 2-19 are delivered free-of-charge to thousands of kids every year. Arts Umbrella is committed to delivering the highest quality arts education experience to young people, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. Two new locations in Surrey dramatically increase Arts Umbrella’s ability to deliver arts education to children and youth in need.

For more information about Arts Umbrella visit www.artsumbrella.com

Advance Tickets to Vancouver International Wine Festival Now on Sale

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013This is Vancouver’s big wine tasting event of the year.  I think we all look forward to it.  It is more than just the Festival Tasting room, there are wine maker dinners and seminars too. The tickets are now available at reduced prices for the International Festival Tasting, Gold Pass and Discover California Pack. Below is the official announcement from the Festival.  Get in on this great deal before the passes sell out.  California is the Theme Country this year!

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November 1, 2012, Vancouver, BC – In time for the holiday gift giving season, the Vancouver International Wine Festival has released select tickets and packages to the 2013 festival. Wine aficionados will have the opportunity to purchase discounted Festival packages and International Festival Tasting tickets in advance of the official ticket release date on January 8, 2013.

2013 will be a very special year for the festival. In addition to being the 35th year of what is now one of North America’s largest wine festivals, this edition also marks the first fundraising year for new charitable partner Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

California winesThe advance ticket release offers the opportunity to secure access to the wildly popular International Festival Tastings. A unique chance to sip rare bottles and discover new treasures in the company of renowned winery principals, the 2013 Tasting Room will feature 176 wineries, with 63 of these from the Theme Region of California. Advance tickets will also be available to two of the California Theme Region events as part of the Discover California Pack. “On behalf of California Wines, we are thrilled to be the Theme Region of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival,” says Rick Slomka, Canadian Director for California Wines. “California wines have increasingly become a preferred lifestyle choice for British Columbians and we take tremendous pride in being part of this vibrant and diverse community. We look forward to a week of fabulous events hosted by many of our premium wineries and exciting vintner personalities.”

For those looking to amplify their wine festival experience, the advance ticket release also offers guests a chance to enjoy VIP treatment with a reduced-price Gold Pass. Gold Pass holders will have exclusive access to the Gold Pass Tasting Lounge, which will offer an assortment of the festival’s premium bottles, delicious appetizers and sommeliers on hand to guide guests through wines from around the world.

Of the advance tickets that will be released, the Gold Passes and Discover California Packs are sure to be the most popular. As well, 1000 advance tickets to the International Festival Tasting Room will also be available. The 2013 festival is expected to entertain and educate over 25,000 thirsty wine enthusiasts and will feature 176 participating wineries from 15 countries pouring 30,000 bottles of wine over 55 events in 7 days.

Tickets for International Festival Tastings and other advance tickets events will be available online at vanwinefest.ca or by phoning 604-873-3311 or toll free at 1-877-321-3121 or in person at the VanWineFest Box Office (305 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver).

AVAILABLE ADVANCE TICKETS:

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West

This year’s International Festival Tasting Room will showcase the best wines from around the world with all 176 participating wineries in one room. Centre stage will be the remarkable winemakers from the 2013 Theme Region of California and a wide range of this year’s Global Focus, Chardonnay. Once again, this year’s International Festival Tasting Room will be organized by country, allowing oenophiles easy access to wines of the world.

Advance ticket price    $85 (includes HST and ticket service charges)
Regular ticket price    $95 (includes HST and ticket service charges)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2013 IFT
The Chardonnay Tasting Station will engage connoisseurs and the curious alike with a range of Chardonnays from around the world, poured by experts from the International Sommelier Guild. Regional Tasting Stations will take visitors through a series of sommelier-assisted wine flights highlighting the unique regional terroirs of British Columbia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as a California Tasting Station, featuring wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Also included in the price of each ticket is the opportunity to shop at the on-site BC Liquor Store where wines from presenting wineries will be available for purchase – a unique and rare opportunity! The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will also help everybody Get Home Safe by providing a complimentary transit ticket to patrons as they leave the Tasting Room.

GOLD PASS
Enjoy VIP treatment with the Festival Gold Pass, which offers incredible access to the festival. Sample an assortment of premium bottles with the helpful guidance of sommeliers, and enjoy some early light bites before hitting the tasting floor. This pass includes three evenings in the International Festival Tasting Room (with priority access), two afternoons at the Trade Tasting sessions where you’ll rub elbows with Vancouver’s top sommeliers and restaurant owners, admission to the exclusive Curtain Raiser VIP reception on February 28, and Friday and Saturday entry to the exclusive Gold Pass Tasting Lounge which opens at 5:30 pm (well before the IFT).

Advance pass price     $445 (includes HST and ticket service charges)
Regular pass price      $475 (includes HST and ticket service charges)

DISCOVER CALIFORNIA PACK
Enjoy an afternoon and two evenings of celebrations with the Discover California Pack: the ultimate sipping experience that will take you from two of Yaletown’s vino hotspots – Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar and George Ultra Lounge – to a ballroom in the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Cap your California experience off with a tour through the International Festival Tasting Room on your choice of Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Package includes:

California Cruisin’
Wine Mingler in Yaletown
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Brix Restaurant and George Ultra Lounge
(Available individually for $59 including HST and ticket service charges)

Savour California Flavour
Saturday Lunch in the Theme Region section of the Tasting Room
Saturday, March 2, 2013
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West
(Available individually for $99 including HST and ticket service charges)

International Festival Tastings
Also included in the price of the Discover California Pack is an evening session at either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday International Festival Tasting.

Advance pack price $233 (includes HST and ticket service charges)
Save $20 on the total ticket value, only available during advance ticket sales

ABOUT THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada’s premier wine show will run from February 25 to March 3, 2013. The festival features 176 participating wineries over a week that sees 55 special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.

In 2013 VanWineFest will mark its 35th anniversary of pairing wine, food and the performing arts, with a Theme Region of California Wines and a Global Focus of Chardonnay. Tickets to all public events will be on sale January 8, 2013.

To view this year’s participating wineries visit vanwinefest.ca/page412.htm
For more information about the Vancouver International Wine Festival go to vanwinefest.ca

Enjoy Joseph Phelps Wines at Seasons in the Park

Have you tried Joseph Phelps’ Napa and Sonoma wines yet? Joseph Phelps purchased his first vineyard in the early 1970’s.    Goût de terroir or “taste of the soil” is what the wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards are all about, from the elegant, multi-layered Insignia of Stags Leap and the Rutherford Bench, to the aromatic Viognier from St. Helena.

Have you been to Seasons in the Park (that’s Queen Elizabeth Park).  Seasons in the Park has such a beautiful view and in a beautiful location in Vancouver.  I have enjoyed many wine events at Seasons in the Park with the South World Wine Society in the past, plus Dine Out Vancouver.  Why not enjoy some Joseph Phelps’ wines.  The announcement about this wine and appetizer event is below. Enjoy!

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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

When: Tuesday, September 25th,
6:00 pm – 7:30pm

Mike McEvoy, the Director of Sales at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, will be presenting:
Handcrafted Wines from Napa & Sonoma
Tasting Lineup:
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay
Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon
Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley, Joseph Phelps bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley in 1973, and began planting vineyards. It was a period of unparalleled activity, creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and risk-taking. All that resulted in putting Joseph Phelps at the top of the map of Napa Valley wine producers.
Over the years, the goal of becoming 100% estate grown resulted in carefully planned acquisitions of prime vineyards in the Napa Valley. Today, the Phelps estate consists of the Spring Valley Ranch outside of St. Helena, Banca Dorada in Rutherford, Las Rocas and Barboza vineyards in Oak Knoll, Suscol Vineyard in South Napa and Backus Vineyard in Oarkville.
Canapes will be specially prepared by the talented culinary team at  Seasons In The Park, to accompany and complement the select wines.
$25 per person
not including taxes & gratuity
For tickets and more information
please contact Seasons In The Park Restaurant.

Arts Club’s California Wine Fair – Get Your Tickets

Just in case you have not heard about it, each year the Arts Club Theatre Company has a wine fair fundraiser, featuring the wines of California.  Here is the press release about this year’s event.  The events start of April 17.  I’ve been to this event in the past years and it is always fantastic.  You will get to try a great number of very high quality California wines in one location, both red and white.  Of course you will be tasting California Cabernets, but don’t forget Zinfandel or Syrah in reds, or Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier for white wines. Some of the wines are also organic and/or biodynamic.  Get your tickets soon before they sell out. Here is there press release.
ARTS CLUB’S CALIFORNIA WINE FAIR BRINGS ABUNDANCE OF NEW WORLD WINES
PLUS DINNERS AT TOP VANCOUVER RESTAURANTS

Arts Club California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting

Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2012 California Wine Fair fundraiser returns to Vancouver in April to present its signature ballroom tasting evening with two exclusive dinners showcasing the distinct and varied vintages produced by the Golden State.

California Dreaming Dinner   
Tuesday, April 17

Ballroom Tasting     
Wednesday, April 18

Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner
Monday, April 30

The largest tasting tour of Californian wine in Canada, the 32nd annual California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 PM, at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place). The region is recognized globally for its superior quality and varietal diversity, and the tasting provides a survey of 120 top producers, from family-run boutique brands to large-scale benchmark wineries. The evening gives 700 wine enthusiasts the opportunity to talk one-on-one with passionate and knowledgeable vintners, and the chance to discover interesting new varietals, blends, and labels in a lively atmosphere. A silent auction will run throughout the evening featuring luxury hotel stays and gift certificates to top entertainment attractions, fine restaurants, and spas. Tickets are $75, or $65 per person for groups of six or more.

Two intimate dinners will complement the ballroom tasting.

The California Dreaming Dinner is hosted at the award-winning West Restaurant (2881 Granville Street) on Tuesday, April 17, at 6 PM, with a tasting of outstanding brands provided by Vintage Corks, including Blackbird Vineyards, Dry Creek Vineyards, Duckhorn Vineyards, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Heitz Cellars, and Silver Oak Cellars. Renowned Executive Chef Quang Dang is creating an innovative five-course contemporary menu, and in-house sommelier Owen Knowlton brings his expertise on food and wine to the affair. The dinner is $195 per ticket. This event is already SOLD OUT.

On Monday, April 30, at 6 PM, the full evening is dedicated to presenting premium wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma, featuring highlights from the Rosso & Bianco, Diamond Collection, Director’s Cut, and Sofia labels. The Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner is held at Q4 Ristorante (2611 West 4th Avenue), hosted by Lise Asimont, the Director of Grower Relations at the Francis Ford Coppola with an Italian four-course menu in honour of the famous filmmaker’s heritage. The winery was recognized with the coveted USA Producer of the Year Award in 2011 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition. The dinner is $185 per ticket.

For tickets and information, call our box office at 604.687.1644 or visit artsclub.com.

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 48th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. It offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com
Blog:
blog.artsclub.com
Twitter:
@theArtsClub
Facebook:
facebook.com/ArtsClub

Visiting Everything Wine

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I like this store as I can find Specialty “spec” wines, as well as more premium wines. Everything Wine has a special section at the back of the store with their premium wines. If you want to buy a bottle of Sassicaia, you can find it here (for $168.99). You can also find “cheap and cheerful” wine, such as Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay, which retails for $11.99. They have quite a wide selection of southern hemisphere wines, which is a good place to find good values and high quality.

Also during the weekdays, and maybe weekends, they have free tastings from 2pm to 4pm. These are free tastings. They also have special occasion tastings that you need to pay, but these tend to be more premium wines, and could have a wine maker in attendance talking about his / her wine.

The other nice thing I like about Everything Wine is that if you go to their website, you can query their wine database and see if your favorite drop is in stock. You can order it online, or go to the store to buy it. Their website is www.everythingwine.ca.

When I was there, they were going to have a special tasting of Sonoma wines for free, but I couldn’t stay due to other obligations during the day, but I would have liked to try some. The other thing I noticed today is that they have the “Shuttle” bottles from Hardy‘s winery in Australia. They have Hardy’s Chardonnay / Semillon and their Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon Stamp series. For those that don’t know, the Shuttle is a bottle with glass built into the screw top. It is meant for picnics or just when you want a small bottle of wine to enjoy on your own. The picture of the Shuttle is in my blog.

I hope you have a chance to visit Everything Wine. Tell them Karl from MyWinePal sent you! Enjoy.