Happy Wine Wednesday! Here’s the Latest for May 16, 2012
Get Fraiche Tonight!
Tonight’s the night for the Fraîche winemaker’s dinner with Michael Bartier. If you have nothing in the fridge and can’t face making dinner tonight – why not have a gourmet five-course dinner instead? There are a handful of tickets still available at 604-925-7595.
The evening will include a five-course dinner prepared by chef Jefferson Alvarez, paired alongside Okanagan Crush Pad’s distinctive wines from Haywire, Bartier Scholefield and Bartier Bros. Tickets are $95 (tax and gratuity not included) and include the opportunity to win a case of OCP wine (value $240) to take home.
Winemaker Dinner at Fraiche - May 16, 2012, 6:30 pm
Fraiche Restaurant- 2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver V7S 3J
Call 604-925-7595 for reservations or see here: http://ow.ly/auC4G
The Flying Winemaker (With Viticulturalist in Tow) Strikes Again
Italian consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini and Chilean terrior consultant Pedro Parra upped the international and wine celebrity quotient in the Okanagan this past weekend when they travelled to Summerland to check on the vines and wine. After tasting all the wines, walking through the vineyards, and even spelunking through massive backhoe-dug holes in the vineyard (used to really understand the terroir – eloquently named ‘calicatas’ in Spanish) the international pair left a great impression. All of the winery staff found the experience extremely educational and were fascinated by the expert insights.
Our key takeaway? Less is more: less mowing in the vineyard (keep those natural plants), less intervention in the winemaking (to really represent the healthy vineyard), and less fuss about the wine experience (just enjoy with good food and good friends). And all we had to do to figure that out was dig a really big hole…
In the marketplace
Featured locations where you can find Okanagan Crush Pad wines
Okanagan Crush Pad wines can now be found on at the following places:
Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar (North Vancouver)
Opening soon with chef Dino Renaerts
The Local Liquor Store (Salt Spring)
By the beginning of June we will proudly have the Feenie goes Haywire wines located in all of the Cactus Club locations. A special project between the Cactus Club team and Okanagan Crush Pad, the red and white wines represent the passion and commitment for food and wine that chef Rob Feenie and winery owner Christine Coletta share. Look for the Feenie goes Haywire wines in a Cactus Club near you.
Bloom into Spring
Look for the OCP team in Vancouver today at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle, and in Victoria on May 17, 2012 at the Fairmont Empress.
Everything is Coming Up Rosé
EAT magazine’s Treve Ring wrote about her favourite rosé wines of late, and mentioned the Haywire Crush Pad Rosé, calling it “lively dry Rosé with clean and pure notes of orange, savoury cherry and river rock. Serious, sans staidness. PLUS the packaging is perfect for a picnic.”
Sharpen your wit and quit repressing those snappy remarks with our caption contest. We post a funny picture from around the winery each week, and open it up to you for comment. Give us the best you’ve got, and we’ll choose a winner!
Congratulations are in order for last week’s winner, Sean Sherwood. If you’d like to try your hand at the contest, visit our Facebook page and comment on this image. Good luck! http://tinyurl.com/88sa2o6
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