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.
50th Parallel Estate
8th Generation Vineyard
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
Bartier Bros. Vineyard and Winery
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
Dirty Laundry Vineyard
Ex Nihilo Vineyards
Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards
Fort Berens Estate Winery
Gray Monk Estate Winery
Harper’s Trail Estate Winery
Hester Creek Estate Winery
House of Rose Winery
Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Laughing Stock Vineyards
Le Vieux Pin Winery
Little Farm Winery
Maverick Estate Winery
Meyer Family Vineyards
Monte Creek Ranch Winery
Moon Curser Vineyards
Moraine Estate Winery
Niche Wine Co.
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery
Painted Rock Estate Winery
Pipe Dreams Vineyard and Estate Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
Quails’ Gate Winery
Sage Hills Estate Winery
See Ya Later Ranch Winery
St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
Stag’s Hollow Winery and Vineyard
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
The View Winery
Thornhaven Estates Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
Upper Bench Estate 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
QUICK FACTS – BRITISH COLUMBIA WINE INDUSTRY
- 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.