The BC Wine Appreciation Society is pleased to once again host
This summer Moon Curser Vineyards was named Best Performing Small Winery in Canada at the WineAlign National Wine Awards, an awesome coup for this adventurous Osoyoos winery. On the back of several prominent Gold medals and a very rare Platinum, it was a well-deserved win. Proprietor and Winemaker Chris Tolley will be joining us at Water Street Cafe for this exciting dinner, featuring some unique Okanagan grape varieties that include Touriga Nacional (the aforementioned Platinum medal winner) and Tannat, plus Gold medal-winning Malbec and Dolcetto. Even the library-vintage Dead of Night blend we will enjoy also won a Gold medal at the 2015 National Wine Awards - it's an embarrassment of riches!
cauliflower purée, jicama salsa
"AFRAID OF THE DARK" VRM 2018
YARROW MEADOWS DUCK CONFIT MAC N’ CHEESE
sunny side up quail’s egg, crispy duck skin
TOURIGA NACIONAL 2017
BRAISED FRASER VALLEY LAMB TURNIP CAKE
sautéed king pea tip shoots, Malbec jus
SURF & TURF
crispy seared halibut cheeks, kangaroo tail tortellini,
smoked carrot purée, charred corn and celeriac
"DEAD OF NIGHT" SYRAH-TANNAT 2012
Szechuan cherry jus, vanilla bean gelato
Vegetarian options available upon request - please inform us at email@example.com before sign-up.
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Place: Water Street Cafe, 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Price: Members/Guests $129/$144 via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or $134/$149 by PayPal, or $129/$144 by cheque (mailed to BCWAS, P.O. Box 48912 Bentall Station, Vancouver, BC, V7X 1A8). Please e-mail us if paying by cheque so we can hold your spot.
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 transit home.
In 2004 Kim Pullen purchased Victoria Estate Winery in Saanich and renamed it Church & State. The endeavour grew rapidly and eventually shifted production to the Black Sage Bench, from where it became one of BC's most well-known and respected wineries. From 2005-2013 Church & State produced a highly regarded icon red blend - Quintessential - and the BCWAS has spent many years collecting every vintage. It's high time to share this carefully-conserved vertical collection with our membership! Please join us next month - Sunday, October 20th - to celebrate a historical BC wine and the enterprising family behind it.
First, some back-story: the Pullen family sold the Church & State brand, winery, and (Saanich & Black Sage Bench) tasting rooms in 2017, while retaining selected South Okanagan vineyards. The Pullens have now launched Second Chapter Wine Co., producing a new range of wines from those same premium vineyards that helped to produce Quintessential and other Church & State gems for many years. Kim, and/or his son John (former Church & State Sales Manager) will be joining us for this vertical, sharing their knowledge and history of the early days and the evolution of Quintessential.
As an extra-special treat, to start our evening we'll enjoy the extremely rare 1999 Church & State Sparkling - a traditional method Pinot Noir that is now 20 years old! Some members may recall our Bus Tour visit to Church & State in 2016, when we received the first public taste of this special wine, and were even given the opportunity to buy some before release. A few bottles in the BCWAS cellar have been waiting for their time to shine and this is the perfect opportunity!
The first vintage of Quintessential - 2005 - was produced with help from consulting winemaker Bill Dyer, who also helped Burrowing Owl make a name for themselves in the early days. In 2014 the name was changed to Coup D'Etat as part of a label refresh, but even that version was subsequently discontinued by the winery's new owners; so we have a rare opportunity to investigate a BC wine in its entirety, from sunrise to sunset. Learn more about the history of Quintessential, including it's many prominent awards, from John Schreiner's informative article in 2017. WineAlign members can also read reviews of several vintages online, as well as see the various National Wine Awards medals and other accolades received over the years. For those who enjoy powerful and complex red blends, this is the tasting for you!
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Place: False Creek Yacht Club, 1661 Granville Street (at the foot of Granville Street); take stairs or elevator to 3rd floor
Price: $80/$90 for members/guests via e-transfer (to email@example.com) or cheque, or $85/$95 by Paypal.
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 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.
We’ll be based at the Sandman Hotel in Penticton. We’ve reserved a block of rooms (until July 18), and several keeners have already booked! Our nightly rate is $139, and there are rooms that range from single King or Queen Bed to dual Double Bed, and many with kitchens. Hotel amenities include two restaurants (Denny's and Bar One Urban Lounge), indoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, free WiFi, and room service. Please note that our room rates do not include breakfast - that's what Denny's is for! To reserve, call 250-493-7151 and use Group ID 329552 to get the special rate.
Please note: transportation to/from the Okanagan and accommodation is not included in the tour price, so please make your own arrangements. You don’t have to stay at the Sandman if you have an alternative, but please make sure you are there on time each morning. As always, we recommend that you stay over Sunday night rather than driving back to Vancouver after a long day of wine tasting.
- Little Engine Wines
- Hillside Winery & Bistro (Lunch)
- Tightrope Winery
- Moraine Winery
- TIME Winery & Kitchen (Dinner)
Our tour includes two gourmet lunches and a multi-course dinner, all paired with wines.
Please let us know in advance if you have allergy concerns.
Please e-mail your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org, then pay your deposit:
- send an E-transfer of $100 per person to email@example.com, or
- mail a cheque to PO Box 48912, Bentall Station, Vancouver, V7X 1A8
If this is your first bus tour, you’re in for some real fun, not only visiting the wineries, but getting to know your fellow BCWAS members as well. If you’ve been on a bus tour with us before, we’re looking forward to spending some time with you again. See you in September!