Wines of British Columbia host 30 sommeliers, media and wine professionals from around the world at its inaugural Wine BC BootCamp – November 5 through 8

Wines of British Columbia host 30 sommeliers, media and wine professionals from around the world at its inaugural Wine BC BootCamp – November 5 through 8


More than 200 BC Wines from 70 Wineries to be Poured During Four-Day Event


The BC Wine Institute presents its inaugural Wine BC Bootcamp in the heart of BC Wine Country November 5-8, bringing together top wine professionals from around the world and across the country to share, taste, talk, learn and celebrate the Wines of British Columbia.


“The 2017 Wine BC BootCamp represents an unparalleled opportunity for the British Columbia wine industry to host 30 key national and international sommeliers, wine trade and media to experience first-hand the diversity of premium BC VQA Wine – meaning wine 100 percent grown and made in BC,”notes Miles Prodan, President and CEO of the BC Wine Institute. 


Over four days, invited attendees will sample more than 200 BC wines as they network with top BC wine professionals including masters of wine, master sommeliers, winemakers, viticulturists, wine educators, and esteemed BC chefs. Led by Master of Wine (MW) Rhys Pender and Master Sommelier (MS) John Szabo, the week will include a series of educational masterclasses, regional tastings and dinners, panel discussions, interactive wine and food pairings and keynote presentations focusing on the history, progress and future of BC’s wine industry.


“The goal of this event is to showcase the very best of what BC’s wine regions have to offer at a premium level,” says Prodan. “Inviting Master of Wine Rhys Pender, Master Sommelier John Szabo, celebrated wine writer Michaela Morris and acclaimed Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines to participate on a WineBC Bootcamp Wine Selection Committee was one way of ensuring the program included the best examples of BC wine that represent the diversity of our province’s terroir, styles and varieties of wines,” notes Prodan.


“We have put together a program based on our most positive experiences from events we’ve attended around the world,” says Szabo. “The lineup of masterclasses will go deep into the heart of BC wine, covering everything from micro local geology to BC’s place in the greater world of wine, delivered by top-level experts and underscored by a range of handpicked wines that tell the full story. Attendees will leave the Okanagan with a detailed picture of BC wine, and they’ll have some fun along the way, too.”


“BC is starting to get noticed for the quality of its wines in BC, Canada and internationally. BC wines have a freshness and brightness that comes from the unique climate, and this is a style that the world is gravitating too. It is a great time to expose key wine influencers to our world-class wine industry.” notes Pender.


Acclaimed BC chefs Matthew Stowe, Winner of Top Chef Canada Season 3; Lee Humphries, Liquidity Bistro; Ken Nakano, Shangri-La Hotel; and Jeremy Tucker, CedarCreek Estate Winery’s Terrace Restaurant will team up with attendees to compete in a pairing challenge, selecting two BC VQA Wines to feature with the finest locally grown and sourced ingredients, to earn the award for BC’s Best Pairings dish. Chefs will prepare their dishes and teams will present their pairings at a four-course private dinner at Liquidity Bistro the following evening. Teams will be awarded points for use of a local ingredient in some component in their dish, creativity and the success of the wine pairing.


“You can always take a region’s wines to key markets, but it is much more exciting to bring influencers to a region. That way they can experience the beauty of BC wine country and gain a deeper understanding of the people, terroir and unique wine and food culture that make up all of the exciting things happening in BC wine,” explains Pender.


The BC Wine Institute is proud to represent this vibrant industry by organizing opportunities like this to increase global awareness of British Columbia as a premium wine region and to open new markets around the world. Access to Wine BC BootCamp is by invitation only. For more details on Wine BC BootCamp events and list of attendees, visit



50th Parallel Estate

8th Generation Vineyard

Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery

Bartier Bros. Vineyard and Winery

Bella Wines

Bench 1775 Winery

Black Hills Estate Winery

Black Sage Vineyard

Bordertown Vineyard & Estate Winery

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Church & State Wines

Clos du Soleil Winery

Covert Farms Family Estate

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Daydreamer Wines

Dirty Laundry Vineyard

Evolve Cellars

Ex Nihilo Vineyards

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards

Fort Berens Estate Winery

Gray Monk Estate Winery

Harper’s Trail Estate Winery


Hester Creek Estate Winery

Hillside Winery

House of Rose Winery

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Inniskillin Okanagan


Laughing Stock Vineyards

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Liquidity Wines

Little Farm Winery

Maverick Estate Winery

Meyer Family Vineyards

Monster Vineyards

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Moon Curser Vineyards

Moraine Estate Winery

Niche Wine Co.

Nk’Mip Cellars

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Orofino Vineyards

Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery

Painted Rock Estate Winery

Perseus Winery

Pipe Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery

Poplar Grove Winery

Quails’ Gate Winery

Sage Hills Estate Winery

See Ya Later Ranch Winery

Sperling Vineyards

Spierhead Winery

St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

Stag’s Hollow Winery and Vineyard

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

SunRock Vineyards

Tantalus Vineyards

Terravista Vineyards

The View Winery

Thornhaven Estates Winery

TIME Winery

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery

Upper Bench Estate Winery

Vanessa Vineyard

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery



Jeremy Tucker, Chef CedarCreek Estate Winery Terrace Restaurant

Ken Nakano, Executive Chef Shangri-La Hotel

Lee Humphries, Chef The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl, Director of culinary operations for Vintage Hospitality’s properties

Matthew Stowe, Joseph Richard Group, Vancouver – Winner of Top Chef Canada Season 3



  • Exports of BC Wine have grown from $5.7 million in 2011 to $19.3 million in 2016 – an increase of 237 percent.
  • There are more than 10,200 acres (4,130 hectares) of vines in British Columbia’s five geographical indications.
  • BC’s wine industry has grown from just 17 grape wineries in 1990 to 278 today.
  • Approximately one million tourists visit British Columbia wineries annually.
  • The BC wine and grape industry contribute $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.
  • The BC wine and grape industry creates 12,000 full-time BC jobs every year.
About The British Columbia Wine Institute: 
Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC’s wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BCWI markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC’s wine industry by advocating government on behalf of the industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually.

The BCWI represents all wineries in British Columbia to grow the premium market share for the Wines of British Columbia while driving awareness of our world-class wines and tourism product – currently drawing 1,000,000 visitors with $600 million in tourism and tourism employment related economic impact every year. For more information about BC Wine Institute’s programs and services, please visit
For details on BC VQA and the Wines of British Columbia, go to or, like the Wines of British Columbia Facebook page and follow @WineBCdotcom on Twitter and Instagram.

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