BC Liquor Store Special Events for January 2020

BC Liquor Stores e-newsThe BC Liquor Stores have many special events for you to experience this month; some related to the upcoming Chinese New Year as well.  Here is their list of events. Enjoy 2020!

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Ring in the new year with BC Liquor Stores! There are a wide range of exciting events this month to celebrate the New Year. We have an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all spirit enthusiasts and avid collectors alike. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

BC LIQUOR STORES WEEKLY WEDNESDAY TASTINGS
Every Wednesday
3:00pm to 5:00pm | Multiple locations
Excite your palate with something fresh every week! Each week will feature an exciting theme with products hand-picked by our experts.
January 8 – Low Calorie Options
January 15 – New & BCL Select
January 22 – 90 Point Wines
January 29 – New & BCL Select

A GRAND GIFT WITH GRAND MARNIER
Friday, January 10
Friday, January 17
Friday, January 24
4:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Saturday, January 11
Saturday, January 18
Saturday, January 25
4:00pm to 8:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Experience the taste of Grand Marnier, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message, perfect for the Lunar New Year.

CAN MUSIC MAKE WINE TASTE BETTER?
Saturday, January 18
3:00pm to 7:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Friday, January 24
3:00pm to 7:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Does music make wine taste better? Learn about Frontera wines while listening to some live music.

GLOBAL RELEASE OF BRUICHLADDICH OCTOMORE 10.4
Monday, January 20
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
On the Global Release day for Bruichladdich Octomore 10.4, Reed Pettit, Remy Cointreau National Brand Ambassador, will conduct a master class featuring Octomore 10.1, 10.3, and 10.4. Reed will walk you through the philosophy of Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridian Distillery and the production of Octomore peated whisky.
Tickets are $25

LUNAR NEW YEAR: PREMIUM SELECTION OF SPIRITS
Tuesday, January 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Welcome the 2020 Lunar New Year with a lineup of premium spirits including Courvoisier, Glenrothes, and Macallan. Try the newly released Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish and the highly-awarded Glenrothes 18-Year-Old. The night will conclude with a draw for the chance to purchase select Macallan products.
Tickets are $50

THE MACALLAN 72-YEAR-OLD IN LALIQUE
Tuesday, January 21
8:00pm to 10:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for the release of the highly sought after Macallan 72-Year-Old. A draw for the chance to purchase the oldest whisky ever released by Macallan will be held at 8:00pm. Limited quantities of the Macallan 25-Year-Old, 30-Year-Old, and the 12-Year-Old Double Cask Year of the Rat will also be available. Draw tickets will be handed out starting 5:30 p.m. Customer must be present at the time of the draw to purchase.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH THE DALMORE
Wednesday, January 22
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
A walk through elevated tasting and education session of The Dalmore’s history and Principal Collection with Louis-Jérôme Doise; Dalmore’s Single Malt Specialist for Canada. Each Scotch will be paired with a selection of small bites.
Tickets are $35

CELEBRATING AN AUSPICIOUS NEW YEAR WITH THE 2019 PENFOLDS COLLECTION
Thursday, January 23
5:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for an elevated tasting experience showcasing the new Penfolds vintage released in the Penfolds 175th anniversary year. Edward Lee, Luxury Wine Ambassador will share his passion and wine knowledge with international audiences in both English and Chinese. Customers looking to gift wine this Lunar New Year will have the opportunity to taste and create a personalized message for your purchased bottle.

LUNAR NEW YEAR BAIJIU INTRODUCTION
Thursday, January 30
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Explore Chinese Baijiu (including Chinese rice wine) in this first ever Baijiu educational seminar. Learn about the history, major varieties, production process and the culture behind one of the most popular spirits in the world. Guests will be introduced to the unique aromas and tastes of Baijiu as well as their food pairing potentials. The event will also be an introduction to Chinese drinking culture. Food pairings will be provided by Peninsula Seafood restaurant. Guests will receive a special gift with every purchase. Tickets are $20

*Events are free unless otherwise specified. All event tickets include a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

BC Liquor Stores Summer Whisky Collection

If you are a whisky lover, here is the latest info from BC Liquor stores about their summer whisky collection.

BC Liquor Stores Summer Whisky Collection

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SUMMER WHISKY COLLECTION
Saturday, June 16th
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

BC Liquor Stores will release a special selection of ten premium whiskies on Saturday, June 16th. The collection has been carefully selected to include highly rated varieties and some have been hand selected and bottled for BC Liquor Stores. Some products will have bottle limits. These whiskies serve as ideal gifts for Father’s Day!

Limited quantities will be made available at the following stores:

Richmond Brighouse
Kamloops Columbia Place
Alberni & Bute, Vancouver
Langley
39th & Cambie, Vancouver
Westwood Centre, Port Coquitlam
Kelowna Orchard Park
Peninsula Village, Surrey
Fort Street, Victoria
Park Royal, North Vancouver

There will also be a special tasting at our 39th & Cambie store:

BUFFALO TRACE KENTUCKY BOURBON
Saturday, June 16th
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for a tasting of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon to compliment the rare offerings that will be available as part of the Summer Whisky Collection.

December Wine and Whiskey Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

Make it merry this holiday season by enjoying a glass of your favourite bubbly, wine, spirits, or beer! Here is your inside track to some of BC Liquor Stores’ exciting holiday events! Whether you are picking out the perfect gift, hosting your own party, or simply enjoying the company of family and friends, BC Liquor Stores have something perfect for every occasion.

Share a wonderful experience while learning from our knowledgeable wine and spirits brand ambassadors by checking out our line up of sit down events! Make it a perfect gift and bonding moment with your special someone. Events are free unless otherwise specified. For ticketed events, quantities are limited so get yours now.

DECEMBER

39th & CAMBIE

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 2
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

DISCOVER THE EXTRAORDINARY WITH GREY GOOSE AND BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
Friday, December 8
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose. Carefully crafted gin and premium vodka are perfect for blending during your holiday celebrations!

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50th anniversary

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday, December 9
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Tuesday, December 12
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING REGIONAL MALT COLLECTION
Wednesday, December 13
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore the very best single malts from their respective regions, Douglas Laing’s remarkable regional malts deliver the ultimate distillation of Scotland’s malt whisky regions. Taste through the Christmas Big Peat (2017 Edition), the Rock Oyster Sherry and the Scallywag Limited Edition bottlings.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

THE MACALLAN RARE CASK — BOTTLE STOPPER EVENT
Thursday, December 14
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Macallan Brand Ambassador, Dan Volway, for a unique whisky tasting and food pairing featuring 4 outstanding Macallan whiskies. A gift with purchase of a limited edition Macallan bottle stopper (valued at $60) will be available for guests who purchase a bottle of the Macallan Rare Cask during the event.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Experience the taste of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message

PARK ROYAL

MASI CAMPOFIORIN 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Friday, December 8
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Masi Campofiorin as we taste through the history of this iconic Italian wine with Brand Ambassador James Bornn. Classic vintages like 1988, 1997 and 2001 will be tasted alongside the 2014 served from Special Edition Magnums.
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

GRAND MARNIER TASTING – BOTTLE ENGRAVING WITH PURCHASE
Saturday, December 9
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Experience the taste of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

SPARKLE AND ICE
Saturday, December 16
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with sparkle and ice in this elegant fine wine tasting experience. Specially selected hors d’oeuvres will be available to pair and there will be a live performance by the Armadillo String Quartet.

CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH CONO SUR
Saturday, December 23
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste Cono Sur Bicicleta wines and enjoy a great food pairing experience. Learn how to recreate this at home with friends and family for the holiday season!

My Top 5 Wine Blog Posts for 2011

Chinese New Year Golden Rabbit

Wow, a whole year has just zipped by.  I was really busy tasting lots of wines at all the fantastic venues here in Vancouver, as well as across the border at the Taste of Tulalip (which you should sign up to attend next year.  It’s excellent).  Thanks to WordPress for compiling my stats and letting me, and you, know these were my top 5 blog posts.  Which do you think?  The answers are below!

I knew my Chinese New Year post was super popular as I watched my stats leading up to Chinese New Year hit the roof. Stay tuned for my wine selection for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

My #2 post really caught me off guard.  But I’m pleasantly surprised.  Spicebox is an easy to drink whiskey, on the ice, or mixed in a drink.  Check out the post.

Lulu Island Riesling Chardonnay Ice Wine

For #3, I was happy to see Lulu Island Winery, a local winery, located in Richmond, BC.  They produce both grape-based and other fruit-based wines.  They also produce a selection of ice wine, so drop by one weekend to Lulu Island Winery if you live in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. 

#4 should be hot right now too, seeing that it is New Years Eve.  I hope I helped many people figure out which caviar and Champagne they would like to nibble and toast with the family and friends.  Wine is a social drink.

And last, but not least #5, about the Rioja region of Spain.  This article came out before the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.  Spain was the Theme Country this year, and I think the Vancouver readership had a thirst for knowledge about this region and what to expect at the Festival.  Stay tuned for my articles on Chile, as they are the next Theme Country for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival next year.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Have You Tasted Spicebox Canadian Whiskey?

Spicebox whiskey and Fentiman sodas

This week I was invited to a tasting of Spicebox Canadian whiskey. The whiskey is first made in Alberta then brought to Quebec for further blending and finishing before being bottled. Truly made in Canada.

Why the name “Spicebox”?

In Prohibition days in the United States, Canadian alcohol, such as whiskey was smuggled down south.  The whiskey was hidden inside boxes containing spices; and viola, Spicebox whiskey the name was born.

This evening I first tried the Spicebox whiskey on ice so that I could appreciate the flavours before moving on to the mixed drinks that they were offering.

Spicebox Tasting Notes

Light amber in colour with quite an aromatic nose.  Vanilla on first sniff, followed with sweet spices. Flavours of vanilla, caramel, sweet spices and toffee. Smooth. A bit of sweetness. Nice on the rocks to sip.  This is different than other more traditional whiskeys you may have tried, such as Scotch. This is completely different in style.  If you have friends that do not like the stronger, bitter, hotter flavours of scotch, then you may want to try Spicebox with them.

Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages

What to mix with this Prohibition influenced whiskey than some old style soda pop.  Fentimans brought three different sodas for the mixed drinks:

  • Victorian lemonade
  • Ginger beer
  • Dandelion & burdock

These are Botanically Brewed Beverages from the UK made starting in 1905, and now in Canada. Here is the link to the Fentimans website.

Two Spicebox Whiskey Mixed Drinks

Prohibition mule Spicebox drink

Prohibition Mule – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, fresh lime, Fentimans Ginger beer, mint sprig. Ginger beer is quite spicy. Plays off nicely with smooth vanilla and sweet spices of the whiskey. The sourness of the lime freshens up the flavours and adds another layer of complexity to the drink. Fun to drink.

Spicebox Cup – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, strawberries, Fentiman’s Victorian lemonade & Ginger beer. This drink has a very pretty colour due to the crushed strawberries in the glass.  The lemonade is not overpowering in the drink.  And again the vanilla and sweet spices make this a very flavourful drink.

To find out more about Spicebox, here is Spicebox’s Facebook page.

Enjoy.