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Naramata Bench Spring Release Tasting

Garron Elmes - winemaker and President at Lake Breeze Wines - with his Tempest 2010

Garron Elmes – winemaker and President at Lake Breeze Wines – with his Tempest 2010

I attended the annual Naramata Bench trade tasting that featured wines from many of the wineries in the Naramata Bench Winery Association.

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This afternoon trade tasting was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver where guests I had a chance to sip and mingle.

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Here are some of the wines that I liked from the wide selection that were poured.

If you are planning a visit to the Naramata Bench region and want to check out some of the wineries, you may want to visit them online at www.naramatabench.com

By: Richard Wolak

Wine for Waves

On April 26th I attended a food and wine pairing tasting that not only featured a large selection of wineries from all over the Naramata Bench area, it also featured a selection Naramata region restaurants.  The Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel ballroom was the venue for this stellar tasting event and they featured their own spectacular Seafood station in the centre of the room.

Shana and Gavin Miller — co-own Upper Bench Winery

Richard of Misconduct Wine Co

Stephanie at D’Angelo Winery

All of the wineries were pouring their line-up of wines for guests to sip and swirl and to spit if they so desired.

Purple Potato Chips & Clam dip by The Peking Room & pairing with Red Rooster Winery

Spicy Seafood Perogy from Vanilla Pod Restaurant pairing with Poplar Grove Winery

Halibut Sausage Roll & Pairing from Lake Breeze Wines

Rainbow Trout Terrine & Pairing from Hillside Wines

Guests I had a chance to taste the best of the Naramata Bench wineries while sampling tantalizing culinary offerings from Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro, Lake Breeze Vineyards The Patio restaurant, Red Rooster’s P. INC. restaurant, Poplar Grove Winery’s The Vanilla Pod, Misconduct Wine Co’s The Kitchen, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery.

Canadian Maple Wine from Lang Vineyards

The Four Seasons Hotel, presented this wonderful event in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™.

By: Richard Wolak

Wine for Waves on April 26

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Enjoy the best of the Naramata Bench wineries while sampling tantalizing culinary offerings with partners such as YEW restaurant + bar; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro, Lake Breeze Vineyards The Patio restaurant, Red Rooster’s P. INC. restaurant, Poplar Grove Winery’s The Vanilla Pod, Misconduct Wine Co’s The Kitchen, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery.  Proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise™.

Time: 7:00 PM. Tickets: $95

Wine for Waves,at The Four Seasons Hotel, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™.

Info and Tickets go to www.vanaqua.org/wineforwaves

WIN 2 Tickets to Naramata at the River

Enter to WIN 2 Tickets to Naramata on the River ($170 value) 

On Tuesday, April 24, Naramata Bench Wineries will hold their annual Spring Wine Release Event from 6:30-9:00 PM, at the River Market in the heart of New Westminster.

Guests will experience the year’s first wine releases paired with delicacies from restaurants from Metro Vancouver including the Hamilton Street Grill and Hart House Restaurant; and Naramata’s own Hillside Bistro. The Naramata Bench Wineries are known for presenting their wines in fun and dynamic ways and this year’s Spring Release is no exception. Naramata on the River, an Exclusive Evening of Wine, Food, Art & Music, is a co-op event with The BC Cultural Crawl, an organization creating the best of BC arts experiences.

In addition to being the first to taste the Naramata Spring Release wines and sumptuous morsels of culinary artistry from restaurants from Greater Vancouver, attendees will also meet the winemakers at Naramata on the River. During the evening there will be an opportunity to bid on Naramata wines, exclusive Naramata Wine Country Getaways and Behind the Scenes Wine Experiences, proceeds in support of BC Cultural Crawl.

Guests will enjoy the live music and entertainment presented by the Sarah Kennedy Jazz Trio and talented New West songstress Gillian Hobbs.

Tickets $85 per person available at www.bcculturalcrawl.com

Congratulations Ei-Leen Ong  @ocean_princess  winner of this contest (drawn through random.org)

Now for The Contest

Follow these 3 steps:

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All submissions will be entered to win for the random draw. The winner of this contest will be announced via twitter and posted.  The contest giveaway is to enter to Win 2 Tickets to Naramata at the River (value $170).

Fine Print: Contest will run until 11pm on 4/11/12 You must enter your full name and twitter address if you have one and register with your email address when entering the contest.

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Naramata at the Bayshore

Chefs team - Westin Bayshore Hotel

On April 21st, I attended a food and wine pairing tasting that featured a large selection of wineries from all over the Naramata Bench area as well as a selection of local and Naramata region restaurants.  The ballroom tasting along with a silent auction held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel paired one or two wineries with food bites.

These were my favourite bites from the event:

Spiced Lamb Kofta

Westin Bayshore Hotel with their unique Spiced Lamb Kofta with crisp parsnip and blackberry gel paired with the Marichel Vineyard 2008 Syrah.

Pacific Striped Bass Salad on Toast points

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen with their tasty Pacific Striped Bass Salad on toast points paired with the Township 7 vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc.

Garam Masala Beef Curry

Vij’s delicious and spicy Garam Masala Beef Curry with Coconut green beans paired with the Poplar Grove 2006 Legacy.

Township 7 Vineyards Barrel Tasting

Chef Kyle of Twisted Fork Bistro - Almond Tulie Cones with Lavender infused caramel mousse, fresh raspberries & maple syrup ice cream

For dessert, the best in the house was the Almond Tulie Cones with Lavender infused caramel mousse, fresh raspberries & maple syrup ice cream paired with the Kettle Valley 2009 Viognier.

If you are planning a visit to the Naramata Bench region and want to check out some of the wineries, you may want to visit them online at www.naramatabench.com

By: Richard Wolak

Afterglow 2010 Naramata Bench Wine Tasting

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen's Humbolt Squid

On April 12th, I attended a wine tasting that featured a large selection of wineries from all over the Naramata Bench area.  This ballroom tasting along with a silent auction held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel paired two wineries with food bites from a selection of local and Naramata region restaurants.

Westin Bayshore Chefs

These were my favourite bites as I was eating more than I was drinking at this event.

Friukno Salami, Guiness Mustard on Croistini

Salt Tasting Room rocked it with their Friukno Salami, Guiness Mustard on Croistini which was best paired with the Van Western Vinyards 2006 Voluptious.

Scallop Ceviche Taco

Naramata Heritage Inn and their tasty Scallop Ceviche Taco with Quince and Blood Orange Marmalade which was best paired with the Township 7 Vineyards 2008 7 Blanc.

Pacific Angels Qualicum Scallops

The Westin Bayshore with their Tempura Seaweed topped Pacific Angels Qualicum Scallops which was best paired with the Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2007 Sin Cera.

Chocolate Truffle Cake

For dessert, the best one in the house was the Chocolate Truffle Cake from the Westin Bayshore which was best paired with the D’Angelo Estate Winery 2006 Pinot Noir.

If you are planning a visit to the Naramata Bench region and want to check out some of the wineries, you may want to visit them online at www.naramatabench.com

By: Richard Wolak

Naramata Spring Wines April 12

Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on April 12 and in Victoria at the Inn atLaurel Point on April 14

Be the first to taste the annual “Best of the Bench” Spring wine releases and meet the winemakers from the Naramata Bench Winery Association.  Savour their wine selections with delightful food pairings in Vancouver from some of Vancouver and Naramata’s finest restaurants, and in Victoria with pairings created by the Inn’s Chef Brad Horen, Captain of Culinary Team Canada.

As well as tastes and treats at the Spring Release you will also be able to place your bids at our auction of exclusive award-winning wines and wine gifts, the Annual Best of the Bench 2010 Wine Collection, plus Naramata trips and treats.

Tickets are $85. in Vancouver and $69. in Victoria  and must be pre-purchased and this event sells out every year – so get your tickets now and mark your calendar on April 12th in Vancouver or April 14 in Victoria for an evening of fun, flavour, and discovery.

Tickets (and more info) are available online at www.naramatabench.com and  can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-663-1900.

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