Our past double-blind tastings have included Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Merlot. This year we’re putting another white wine to the test! Come join us on Monday, March 18th as we taste ten very special BC expressions of the Chardonnay grape.
What’s a double-blind tasting? It’s where all the wines are wrapped in paper bags and poured in random order – even we, the organizers and pourers, will not know which wines are which.
Why Chardonnay? This noble variety of Burgundy has spread across the entire globe's winemaking regions and is one of the defining grapes associated with wine culture. The relatively neutral grape can be vinified in multiple ways and is said to express terroir particularly well. Chardonnay's popularity has made it vulnerable to excessive commercialization, and mass-market examples with little character sparked the "Anything But Chardonnay" movement that turned off a generation of wine drinkers. Modern Chardonnay done well is far removed from the over-oaked wines of the past, and can be an enthralling experience to taste with myriad sublime food-pairing opportunities.
Our Cellarmaster has spent the last year hunting down and bottle-aging top examples from multiple sub-appellations throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys to ensure a broad representation of BC terroir, which is particularly well suited to Chardonnay. This year's blind tasting will be unique in that it encompasses a single vintage, so as to better compare and contrast different Chardonnay from the high quality 2016 harvest. These Reserve-tier premium Chardonnay have amassed a slew of awards that include a Gold Medal at the Chardonnay du Monde competition, multiple Gold and Platinum medals at the National Wine Awards of Canada, and other prominent medals at competitions such as the Decanter World Wine Awards.
If you’ve never been to a blind tasting before, why not make this your first one - particularly if you think you don't like Chardonnay! It’s fun to think about what you’re seeing, smelling, and tasting, and why you like or don’t like what’s in the glass.
The Water Street Cafe is very graciously offering a three-course fixed menu for BCWAS members and their guests who would like to come in for dinner before the blind tasting - all for just $35! Please call the Cafe directly to make a reservation: 604-689-2832. Don’t forget to mention that you are with the BCWAS group. Please plan on seating for dinner no later than 6pm in order to finish on time for our tasting.
Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Place: Water Street Cafe, 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Price: Members/Guests $49/$64 by PayPal, E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or 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.
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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.