BCLDB’s South African Feature Includes Consumer Tastings and More

Have you ever tried South African wine?  It is very food friendly.  A white wine you should not miss is made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Nice acidity and fuller mouthfeel.  On the red side, Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are very good quality as well.  Below is a press release about upcoming consumer tastings in BC for South African wine at the BCLDB Park Royal store.  Enjoy.

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May 28, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – This summer is the perfect time to discover the great value of wines from South Africa. Throughout June, the BCLDB will focus on the country with in-store tastings and displays, as well as a FREE consumer tasting. The tasting will take place Friday, June 8th 2018 at the Park Royal BCLDB Signature Liquor Store, and will pair South African wine samples with cheese and charcuterie from Granville Island’s Oyama Sausage Co.
South African wines are particularly well suited to the summer activity circuit of barbecues, ball games, and weekends at the cottage. The BCLDB will highlight some great options with displays in 60 locations and free in-store tastings. On June 8th, consumers will also be treated to SouthAfrican wine samples and tasty bites from Oyama in the fresh new Park Royal store. Wines will include:
*             Anthonij Rupert Protea Chenin Blanc
*             Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc
*             Big Bill Cabernet Sauvignon
*             Boschendal Estate Winery 1685 Chardonnay
*             Fairview Cellars Goats do Roam Red
*             Grape Grinder Blue Moose Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
*             KWV Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc
*             Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
*             Riebeek Cellars Shiraz
*             Spier Signature Chenin Blanc
*             The Vinecrafter Chardonnay
*             Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc
*             Wolftrap Red
Wines of South Africa Consumer Tasting
Friday, June 8 2018
3:00 – 7:00pm
BCLDB Park Royal Signature Liquor Store
Park Royal North, West Vancouver

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About Wines of South Africa: Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 exporters on its database, comprising all the major SouthAfrican wine exporters. South Africa‘s winemaking history stretches back to the 1600s.  In recent years, however, the country has combined longstanding traditions with cutting-edge technology and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
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Wine’d Up Dinner for Whistler Search and Resue

Whistler Search and Rescue Society (WSAR) is holding its twelfth annual winemaker’s gourmet dinner and auction, “Wine’d Up”, on October 15th, 2011.

Guests at this popular event will enjoy an evening of outstanding food and wine while supporting the critically important work of Whistler’s search and rescue volunteers.

Organizers are delighted to welcome the return of five of Whistler’s renowned Executive Chefs:

·         Chef Vincent Stufano, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

·         Chef Scott Dolbee, Four Seasons Resort Whistler

·         Chef James Walt, Araxi Restaurant and Bar

·         Chef Grant Cousar, Whistler Cooks Catering

·         Chef Steve Bjormark, Whistler Blackcomb

Each chef will create a dish with flavours to complement and enhance the selection of fine wines poured with each course.

Wines for this year’s dinner are generously being donated by four leading South African wineries:  Flat Roof Manor, Moreson (great sparkling wine), Boekenhoutskloof (a premium producer. Makes a wonderful Syrah), and Lammershoek (new to BC.  Nice pinotage and more)South Africa’s centuries-old winemaking tradition blends the restrained elegance of the Old World with the accessible fruit-driven styles of the New, creating wines which eloquently express the Cape’s unique terroir.  As a special treat, dessert will be paired with Amarula Cream Liqueur.

In addition to sensory delights of food and wine, the event will offer guests a chance to participate in both live and silent auctions throughout the evening with items generously donated by businesses in Whistler and throughout B.C.

The evening is truly a community effort.  Whistler-Blackcomb supports this event each year by donating their facilities and staff at Dusty’s Bar & Grill in Whistler Creekside.  Whistler Search and Rescue members volunteer their time at the dinner and auction to ensure everyone has an enjoyable evening.

WSAR is a community driven volunteer organization”, says Brad Sills, SAR Manager, Whistler Search and Rescue Team.  “The annual Wine’d Up fundraiser is the single biggest revenue source that WSAR receives. The Team depends on the generous support the Whistler Community has traditionally given at this annual event in order to meet its operational requirements.”  Since its inception in 2000 organizers have raised more than $340,000.  Brad adds, “WSAR is forever grateful to all the people who organize and support this event”.

Tickets are $160 plus hst and are sold through Whistler Blackcomb – 1-800 766 0449.  Suggested attire for this event is smart western gear / smart casual.

Where, When, How to Get Tickets

Whistler Search and Rescue Society
Twelfth Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dusty’s Bar & Grill, Whistler Creekside
Reception & Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 pm

Tickets are $160 + hst – on sale September 1st
For tickets call Whistler Blackcomb at 1-800 766 0449

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Wines of South Africa Event in Vancouver

I received this note from the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and I thought I’d pass it along to you. In celebration of the World Cup happening in South Africa, South African wines are going to be celebrated as well in June. Below is the note I received. I hope you get a chance to try some South African wines during the World Cup. South Africa is known as the Old World of the New World. Their wines have the “fruit” that you associate with other New World wines, like from California or Chile, but they also have some of the restraint, tannic structure, and earthiness of Old World wines, such as from France and Spain. There are some excellent producers in the list of wines below, such as Boekenhoutskloof, Graham Beck, and Glen Carlou. Enjoy the World Cup!

The Announcement from WOSA:
On Friday, June 11th 2010, a unique South African wine tasting will be held at the 39th & Cambie Signature Liquor Store. Open to the public, this event will sample high quality and value of South African wines paired with savoury bites and a complimentary mini spa. The food will be prepared by Hart House Restaurant’s Kris Kabush and the complimentary mini spa treatments are from Spa Utopia.

The event at 39th & Cambie will feature a dozen stellar wines:

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 111526 $ 12.99
Sebeka Cabernet/Pinotage 793067 $ 12.99
Spier Chenin Blanc 659037 $ 13.95
K.W.V. Roodeberg Red 7187 $ 14.99
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 138479 $ 14.99
Excelsior Shiraz 183995 $ 15.99
Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc / Chardonnay 848622 $ 14.99
Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 592873 $ 17.99
Saxenburg Guinea Fowl Red Blend 316992 $ 18.99
Graham Beck Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 40428 $ 19.99
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 153882 $ 19.99
Thelema Mountain Red Wine 487967 $ 24.95

These wines will be shown to their best advantage paired with tasty bites prepared by Hart House’s talented Executive Chef, Kris Kabush. In addition to indulging their tastebuds, guests can also enjoy an onsite spa experience from Vancouver ’s much-loved Spa Utopia. Spa Technicians will give each guest a relaxing five-minute mini treatment. The combination of good wine, savoury food, and a turn in a massage chair is sure to help iron the wrinkles out of your day!

In conjunction with the month-long promotion, Wines of South Africa is also offering a deluxe prize package featuring Spa Utopia and the Pan Pacific Vancouver. The winner will enjoy a $225 spa gift certificate, lunch for two, and one night’s accommodation at the luxurious Pan Pacific all valued at $1000.

For details, and to enter the draw, visit http://www.wosa.co.za.

Wines of South Africa Consumer Tasting

Friday, June 11 2010

3:00 – 7:00 pm

BCLDB 39th & Cambie Signature Liquor Store

5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Wines of South Africa Release

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} catch(err) {}Yesterday I had the good fortune to be invited to the fall release of South African wines at the Sutton Place Hotel. Andre Morgenthal from WOSA in South Africa was present to tell us about wine making in South Africa as well as lead us through a tasting of 9 wines. I was fortunate to meet Andre as well about 5 years ago when he brought over a selection of bottles for us to try as well.

A bit of background for those of you that are not too familiar with South African wines. This year South Africa is celebrating 350 years of wine making, which started in 1659. South Africa is known as the Old World of the New World as their wines share characteristics of both worlds. You get the more fruit which is typically representative of wines of the New World, but you also get the structure and terroir of the Old World. These wines usually do very well with food. During apartheid, South African wineries produced wines that the locals enjoyed, but did not translate well to the palates of the rest of the world. When apartheid lifted in the early 1990’s, South African wineries had to quickly adapt their wine making style to what consumers world-wide enjoy. It took a few years to get there, and their wines are now very well received on the world stage.

There are approximately 700 wineries in South Africa with about 6800 labels. It is a very ancient land with ancient soils as there was no glaciation as their was in North America for example. So the soils are from very old weathered rocks and have very small areas of unique soils/climate (terroir) across South Africa. So you could try a Sauvignon Blanc for example from 7 different regions within South Africa and they could taste very different.

The wines we tried were:
– Moreson Blanc de Blancs Brut Method Cap Classic Sparkling wine NV
– Vinum Chenin Blanc 2008
– Graham Beck Gameskeeper’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2008

– Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2008

– Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2008

– Winery of Good Hope Pinot Noir 2008
– Golden Kaan Winemaker’s Edition Shiraz 2004

– La Motte Shiraz 2007
– Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2005

Moreson is a small producer in South Africa. Cap Classic is South Africa’s term for Method Champenoise (changing the still wine into sparkling wine in the bottle). It had a very fine bubble. Red apple, citrus, light spice and bready flavour. It had a long finish. Nice.

The Vinum Chenin Blanc was a light, bright lemon colour. It had smoky, woody, waxy, lemon aromas. Light/medium body, round mouthfeel, with oak and citrus flavours, and a spicy long finish. FYI, “Steen” is the South African word for Chenin Blanc.

Graham Beck is one of my favourite producers in South Africa. I have read that President Obama drank a bottle of Graham Beck NV Brut sparkling on election night. This chenin blanc was bright, light lemony coloured. Green pine, citrus, oak aromas. Round mouthfeel with oak, spice, tropical fruit and citrus flavours. I tried this wine again at the end of the tasting and the aroma completely changed which is cool. The greeness disappeared and was replaced by a lime peel aroma.

We had one Sauvignon Blanc in the tasting, which was the Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc. Sutherland being the name of the vineyard in Elgin. This wine had lots of green vegetal aromas, especially asparagus. On the palate I noted “saltiness” which was not unpleasant, but very unique as i’ve only tasted this before in sherry. It could be that the green vegetal and asparagus flavours were so pronounced it “tasted” salty. This wine had good acid and length.

The Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay was our last white wine in the tasting flight. This is a BIG chardonnay with lots of oak, buttery, vanilla, citrus aromas. Full bodied with nutmeg, vanilla, citrus and apple flavours. Round mouthfeel.

Our first red wine was the Winery of Good Hope Pinot Noir. This wine started off with aroma of violets, but later in the tasting the nose changed to cherries and spice. On the palate there were flavours of violets, roses, red cherries and a dry finish. A nice light bodied pinot noir.

Our next red was the Golden Kaan WInemaker’s Edition Shiraz. This wine was deep reddish purple in the glass. Tar, burnt rubber and dark fruit on the nose. Cherries and good fruit. Smoky finish and a bit of spice.

Another shiraz we enjoyed was the La Motte Shiraz. This one was deep extracted purple in colour. It had a nice nose, with some spice, red juicy fruit. A round mouthfeel with LOTS of red fruit and some spice. Dry finish. Very nice.

Our last wine is Glen Carlou Grand Classique. Glen Carlou is one of the wineries from South Africa that I like alot. Their shiraz is very good and their chardonnay. The Grand Classique is a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. This one was deep purple in the glass. Lots of vanilla, dark sweet fruit and chocolate nose. Medium-full body with black fruit and chocolate flavours. Very smooth.

Some of these wines are not yet available in BC, but I do know that you can buy the Glen Carlou at Everything Wine in North Vancouver. Enjoy!