The Courtney Room hosts a Winemaker Dinner with Anthony Buchanan Wines

The Courtney Room hosts a Winemaker Dinner with Anthony Buchanan Wines

Taking place on March 23, 2023, part of the Barnyard Natural Wine Festival

In partnership with Victoria’s first all-natural wine festival, The Courtney Room team is delighted to host Anthony Buchanan Wines on Thursday March 23rd for a flavourful, multi-course dinner, expertly paired with the winery’s portfolio of natural wines.

A close collaboration between Anthony Buchanan, The Courtney Room’s Wine Director, Colin Davidson and Executive Chef Brian Tesolin, the evening will offer guests the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the unique combination of art and science that goes into natural wine-making. Using gentle techniques on the crush pad and in the cellar, as well as indigenous yeast, minimal amounts of sulfites, no enzymes and no temperature control, Anthony Buchanan Wines are full of personality and purity of flavour.

Winemaker and owner, Anthony Buchanan and Mark Wachtin from Storied Wines & Spirit will be joining the dinner to share their passion for natural wines.

“We are looking forward to hosting Anthony and Mark and sharing these enjoyable and unusual wines with our guests,” says Colin Davidson, Wine Director at The Courtney Room. “The Barnyard Natural Wine Festival is bringing attention to natural and low-intervention wine making practices, which produce wines with an exceptional sense of place – we’re excited to be part of it.”

To pair with these unique wines, Chef Brian Tesolin’s menu includes: Dry Aged Yellowtail Kampachi with lime and sumac cracker, paired with Anthony Buchanan Wines’ 2022 Pet Nat Moscato; Dungeness Crab and Side Stripe Shrimp with radish, kohlrabi, verjus rose hip sabayon with the 2021 Ramato Gris; followed by Charcoal Grilled Sturgeon, meyer lemon coconut emulsion, trout roe with a contrasting pairing of the 2021 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and 2021 Cuvee Viognier. Two main courses follow: Umami Ravioli with parmesan and kale, with the 2019 Ashlyn Pinot Noir and 2021 Zweigelt; and finally a Roast Lamb Crepinette with buttered potatoes, cauliflower and wild mushroom, paired with the 2019 William Dean Syrah. Petit Fours complete a delicious evening. To view the full menu and wine pairings, click here.

Tickets cost $195 per guest and include dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. To reserve your seat, visit

Make a night of it and stay over in an elegant guest-room at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, starting from $359 per night, plus tax.

About The Courtney Room
Old world meets new at The Courtney Room in Victoria, B.C., voted #10 in the 2018 Canada’s Best New Restaurant Awards, included in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2019 and winner of the Best West Coast Contemporary category in YAM Magazine’s 2022 Restaurant Awards. An extension of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s award-winning boutique hotel experience, The Courtney Room is a modern dining space where locals and visitors alike can enjoy genuine hospitality and a menu that honours both land and sea, showcasing Pacific Northwest ingredients with classic cooking techniques. Gather at the bar for fresh-shucked oysters, unwind with friends over sharing plates in the lower brasserie, or savour an elevated experience in the upstairs dining room with impeccably prepared local seafood, steak and fine wine.

Media release and images provided by Marisa Cuglietta, Hawksworth Communications.

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