BC Wine Appreciation Society 10th Anniversary Gala – Get Your Tickets

Do you love BC wine, or want to try BC wine?  Here is a great chance at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the BC Wine Appreciation Society.   Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!

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BC Wine Appreciation Society logo10th Anniversary Gala-Over 45 Wineries – April 16/15

Celebrate BC Day with BC VQA Wines in Vancouver on August 2

Wines of BC logoMeeting a wine maker and talking to them about their wines is always exciting.  Here is a chance for you to talk with some prominent BC wine makers to celebrate BC Day on August 2.  Below is the press release from the BC Wine Institute.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA -This BC Day long weekend, the British Columbia Wine Institute is throwing a big party in honour of beautiful British Columbia and the wonderful wines that are grown and produced in the province.

 

 Consumers are invited join some of BC’s top winemakers at Vancouver’s 39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store anytime from 3-6 PM on Saturday, August 2, to sample some of the 12 BC VQA wines that will be available to taste. The wines will be paired with tasty tidbits of local foods as prepared by Vancouver-based Forage restaurant.

These six acclaimed BC winemakers will also be signing bottles of BC VQA wines, giving fans a chance to ‘meet the makers’ of their favourite BC VQA wines, and the opportunity to discover new BC wines.

Holly Conway with the BEAT radio will be live on-site, broadcasting festive tunes for this FREE consumer event:

 

MEET YOUR MAKER WITH BC VQA WINES

Saturday, August 2 at 3-6 PM

Cambie Kitchen

(inside the 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store)

 5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Participating Winemakers:

Howard Soon of Sandhill Wines

Rasoul Salehi of Le Vieux Pin

Michael Dinn of JoieFarm Winery

Hagen Kruger of Wild Goose Vineyards

Stefan of Poplar Grove Winery

Larry Gerelus of Stag’s Hollow Winery

 

The festivities continue well beyond the tasting event, with 30 scheduled BC VQA wine tastings taking place in BC Liquor Stores around the province throughout the month of August. Qualified tasting staff will lead consumers through tutored tasting flights of three wines at a time, showcasing 12 in total, which demonstrate the bountiful diversity of wines produced in our beautiful province. (Click here for the schedule of tastings and locations.)

August is the ideal month to shop for BC VQA wines in BC Liquor Stores as the stores celebrate all 100% grown and made-in-BC products. An exciting addition to the month long promotion is the newly-implemented ‘Insider Picks’ which will see a growing selection of BC VQA wines within BC Liquor Stores year-round.

British Columbians have so much to celebrate: From the sea to the mountains, from our wildlife to our culture, from our natural resources to our growing industries. What better way to celebrate our province’s abundance of riches than with delicious BC VQA wines!

Celebrate Mondays as a Date Night at Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewies date night sign

Chewies date night sign

Did you know that Chewies Steam and Oyster Bar has a Date Night special on Monday nights?  I recently was invited to sample from the Date Night menu and enjoy some fantastic wine too.  My partner in crime for the night was Dianne Chow aka @diannechow on Twitter.

If you have not heard of Chewies before it is a New Orleans inspired restaurant in the Kitsilano area located at 2201 W 1st Ave.  They have a decent wine list with 7 red wines by the glass, 9 white wines by the glass, and 2 sparkling by the glass (which goes really well with oysters on the half shell).  You of course can purchase full bottles of wines at Chewies.

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2011

Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold 2011

For this evening, our host, Charles, opened a bottle of Wild Goose Autumn Gold 2011, BC. I really like Wild Goose’s white wines.  They have a good balance between fruit, sugar and acidity.  This wine is a blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc grapes. Off dry in style with higher acidity, and flavours of white peach, pear and lychee. Soft and light bodied.  A very easy wine to enjoy. The bit of sweetness also helps to cool any New Orleans spice.

Our Tasting Menu

The Monday Date Night menu consists of 1 shared appetizer, two main courses, and a shared dessert. Bottles of wine are half price too. Our tasting menu consisted of:

  • Pan seared calamari – Local Humboldt squid, cucumber, jalapeño mint salad
  • Jambalaya – House smoked chicken, andouille sausage, prawns, tasso ham, spicy Cajun rice
  • Beef brisket – Applewood smoked angus beef brisket, sweet potato mash, coleslaw, house made spicy BBQ sauce
  • Lagniappe– pan fried oysters – Panko bread crusted Fanny Bay Oysters, house made tartar sauce
  • Pecan pie – Whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Have you heard of  Lagniappe before?  It is a Cajun word, meaning a little bit extra.  Like when you are given an extra donut when you buy a dozen, or an appetizer at no charge at a restaurant.  Today the pan fried oysters were Lagniappe.

Pan seared calamari

Pan seared calamari

The Pan Seared Calamari was cooked very differently than I have ever had before, and it was quite good. It was thinly sliced and marinated in buttermilk, then pan fried with dried chili flakes and chopped parsley.  The dish came with a sauce on the side that was creamy and spicy with a smoky edge, which I think was from smoked paprika.  If you did not know the slices were calamari you could be mistaken guessing they were a pasta noodle.  Tender, not chewy. The cucumber salad was a nice texture contrast with the crunch of the cucumber. The Wild Goose Autumn Gold, fruitness and sweetness also helped balance out the spice.

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a New Orleans classic dish, similar to paella.  Creole Jambalaya according to Wikipedia is made, “..First, meat is added to  the trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, the meat is usually chicken and sausage such as andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added to cook, followed by seafood. Rice and stock are added in equal proportions at the very end. The mixture is brought to a boil and left to simmer for 20 to 60 minutes…“.  With Chewie’s Jambalaya you get smoky, earthy flavour, where the spice builds in your mouth the longer you eat it.  All the chicken and ham is very tender, with the chicken served in decent chunks on your fork.  The andouille sausage sliced thin has that right balance of meat to fat.  This Jambalaya has lots of spice to it, so if you are spice adverse, avoid this dish, but if you like spice, dig in!

Applewood smoked angus beef brisket

Applewood smoked angus beef brisket

My favourite dish of the night was a Beef Brisket.  It had a wonderful smoky flavour together with a bbq sauce with black pepper and vinegar.  Brisket is always tender, and has lots of flavour on it’s own.  The slaw with this dish had a good dose of vinegar in it, but also a hint of sweetness.  Either of these main dishes are quite large so be sure to be hungry for the date night menu.

Pecan pie with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Pecan pie with whipped cream and chocolate sauce

If you have room, there is dessert, and for us, we shared a slice of pecan pie, accompanied with a chocolate sauce and a firm dollop of whipped cream. The pie was not too sweet and the pecans had a nice amount of chewiness to them.  The whipped cream looked so firm I initially thought it was ice cream, but the spoon easily carved through it.  Pecans and chocolate are a great pairing, so make sure you get some chocolate sauce on your piece of pecan pie, and some of the whipped cream, and your tastebuds will thank you.  Add a cup of coffee to it too, relax and slowly digest your New Orlean’s dishes.

Chewies is also well known for their 2 day marinated buttermilk fried chicken and they have a special every Tuesday, so after Monday’s date night, drop by for Tuesday’s chicken.  Cheers.

BC Riesling for Summer Sips

So far, I’ve covered BC Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir for summer sips. Another varietal you may want to consider is Riesling. Riesling can be made in a bone dry, citrusy style, through to a very luscious sweet ice wine. I think that there will be some style of riesling that would fit your taste.

Checking again on the www.EverythingWine.ca website, I’ve come up with the following wines in the $15-$25 range (you can click on the links and go to the EverythingWine.ca website to see how many bottles are in stock):

8th Generation Dry Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about 8th Generation  Dry Riesling 750ml
8th Generation Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about 8th Generation  Riesling 750ml
Cedar Creek Riesling 750ml Riesling $21.99 More information about Cedar Creek Riesling 750ml
Dirty Laundry Riesling 750ml Riesling $21.99 More information about Dirty Laundry Riesling 750ml
Kalala Organic Estate Winery Riesling 750 mL Riesling $20.99 More information about Kalala Organic Estate Winery Riesling 750 mL
Lang Vineyards Farm Winery Reserve Riesling 750ml Riesling $19.99 More information about Lang Vineyards Farm Winery Reserve Riesling 750ml
Larch Hills Riesling 750ml Riesling $19.99 More information about Larch Hills  Riesling 750ml
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 750 mL Riesling $18.99 More information about Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 750 mL
Pentage Riesling Riesling 750 mL Riesling $24.99 More information about Pentage Riesling Riesling 750 mL
Pillitteri Estate Riesling Icewine 200ml Riesling $24.99 More information about Pillitteri Estate Riesling Icewine 200ml
Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling 750ml Riesling $16.99 More information about Quails' Gate  Dry Riesling 750ml
Red Rooster Riesling 750 mL Riesling $15.99 More information about Red Rooster Riesling 750 mL
Road 13 VIneyards Riesling 750 mL Riesling $23.99 More information about Road 13 VIneyards Riesling 750 mL
See Ya Later Ranch Unleashed Riesling 750 mL Riesling $15.99 More information about See Ya Later Ranch  Unleashed  Riesling 750 mL
See Ya Later Ranch Riesling 750 mL Riesling $16.99 More information about See Ya Later Ranch Riesling 750 mL
St. Hubertus Riesling 750ml Riesling $15.99 More information about St. Hubertus  Riesling 750ml
Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about Wild Goose  Stoney Slope Riesling 750ml
Wild Goose Vineyards God’s Mountain Riesling 750 mL Riesling $24.99 More information about Wild Goose Vineyards  God's Mountain Riesling 750 mL

From a check of past notes, I have tried some of these wines. My notes are as follows:

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Riesling, 2008. Pale lemon colour. Green apple aroma and crisp apple flavour. Tart. Refreshing.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery, 2008. Crisp acidity, pineapple and apple aromas with a hint of petrol. (It won a Gold at the 2010 New World Int’l Wine Competition in California, a Silver in the 2010 Concours mondial de Bruxelles, and a Bronze at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit.)

Kettle Valley Winery Riesling 2008, has a bit of residual sugar with some apple, flower and citrus aromas, and apple with a bit of petrol flavours.

Cheers!