Hart House Celebrates BC Wine Icon with 50-Year Dinner



On Friday, March 16, 2018, Hart House will host a very special dinner honouring one of BC’s foremost wine visionaries, Dr. Harry McWatters. Guests at the event will enjoy wines from three McWatters labels paired with a sumptuous four-course dinner.


It is no exaggeration to say that McWatters is a legend in the BC wine business. He started working in the industry in 1968, and over the years was involved in founding a number of important organizations, including the British Columbia Wine Institute, the British Columbia Wine Information Society, and the BC Hospitality Foundation charity. Perhaps his most significant contribution was his involvement in the founding of VQA Canada, which has had a profound impact on how wine is made and promoted in this province, as well as championing BC wines around the world. Throughout his career, McWatters has worked tirelessly to develop quality standards in wine growing, winemaking, and marketing.


Of course, McWatters is also known for his hands-on work in the business. He established the groundbreaking Sumac Ridge winery in 1980, as well as See Ya Later Ranch. He is currently the President & CEO of Encore Vineyards, and last August he marked his 50th vintage with the first crush at the new TIME Winery facility in Penticton. The Hart House event will feature a menu prepared by Hart House Chef Mike Genest, paired with wines from TIME, Evolve Cellars, and the McWatters Collection. McWatters, as guest of honour, will comment on the wines over the course of the evening.


50 Years with Harry McWatters Dinner at Hart House Restaurant
Friday, March 16 2018
$125 per person including taxes and gratuities
Reservations online here


Hart House Restaurant at Deer Lake

6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby


About Hart House Restaurant:  Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.  The 3-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage.  Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations.  Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden.  Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.

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About ENCORE Vineyards: ENCORE Vineyards is a progressive Okanagan-based wine company that owns and manages TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and the McWatters Collection. The experience of the ENCORE Vineyards team is unmatched in the Canadian wine industry landscape.

TIME winery is a fully operational winery, tasting bar, and guest experience centre located in the heart of wine country in downtown Penticton. The McWatters Collection is a small, exclusive offering of wines; a legacy label that celebrates the McWatters family and its role in forming the BC wine industry, and Evolve Cellars offers approachable, bright, delicious and affordable wines at a welcoming guest experience at its stunning, lakefront Summerland location.

The team is led by president and CEO Harry McWatters, a 50-vintage veteran of the BC wine industry. Christa-Lee McWatters (daughter) is the director of sales and marketing. Darren McWatters (son) oversees company logistics, while director of winemaking, Lawrence Buhler, ably assembles the lineup of wines for each winery.

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